SkinMD did a fantastic post on Botox recently called, The Line.
One of our readers requested more information on the pros and cons to getting Botox and specifically what age was considered a good time to start. I’ve decided to write this post to answer those questions, as I feel they are good ones that most people would like the answers to.
Men and women alike!
Age with grace- Botox irons out those unwanted wrinkles, thus allowing us to become “wiser” with age and still preserve the way we look.
Zero Downtime– There is definitely something to be said for taking years off your face on your lunch break! 10-15 minutes and you’re out the door.
Beats Surgery– Hands down, considered one of the best alternatives to more invasive procedures. For example, the average downtime for a facelift ranges between 3-14 days, depending on how invasive the procedure is, and the cost can be anywhere from $2500-$7000.
It is not permanent– meaning, it doesn’t last so you’ll be making trips to your Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon every 3-6 months (depending on how long you have been receiving treatment).
It can be costly– specifically because the real benefit is in repetitive treatments. One treatment can cost as low as $125 or as high as $500. It really depends on what geographical area you are getting treatment in and if its being charged as a full price or per-unit. Price per-unit can sometimes save you money if you are only getting a few spots injected, as they range between $10-$15 per unit.
It does require a pinch– If you are not a fan of needles, this might make you think twice.
As with any procedure, there is always a risk of having an adverse reaction. Here are a few of the more common ones.
- Mild bruising at the injection site.
- Mild headache and/or nausea may be experienced for a week after your initial procedure.
In RARE instances muscles may become completely paralyzed with Botox injections and cause drooping or muscle weakness. In these rare cases, (about 1 percent) while unpleasant, it is not permanent.
In my opinion, Botox is most affective in the prevention of deep-set lines and wrinkles. With that being said, I think that our mid to late twenties is a good time to start if you are starting to see those expression lines leaving trails and have the financial backing, of course. Starting in your thirties though, is absolutely fine too. I recently read (according to a UCLA study) that if a person starts Botox treatment in their 20’s, the onset of frown lines can be prevented altogether; with continuous treatment, of course. Interesting!
Here is a fun fact… Botox was just approved by the FDA on the 17th of Oct, 2010 for the treatment of chronic migraines. That is HUGE news for millions of migraine sufferers. I happen to be one of them.
Some things to consider… This is not a new procedure and it has actually been used in medicine to treat a variety of conditions for over 20 years. I feel confident that enough studies and practice have been done to reduce the risk of adverse reactions. It would definitely be nice to know in advance that everything went the way we expected and we look even more fabulous than we thought. Until then, my recommendation is to find a Physician who is highly skilled and proficient in working with Botox, and always, always, always, go with your gut instinct.
As with anything else, education and confidence in your decision is vital when it comes to having ANY form of voluntary cosmetic procedure. You’ll know what and when its right for you. 😉