Is there really a right age to start thinking about pursuing cosmetic treatments? One of the most common cosmetic questions asked is “when should I start?” The effects of the aging process vary from person to person. Many factors such as genetics, diet, exercise, proper rest, and the history of sun exposure can affect the way our individual skin ages. There really is no “one size fits all” answer to question of “when should I start?” and there really is no age that is correct or incorrect.
Dr. Kurzman offers Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin which all are botulinum toxins. Botulinum toxins block the nerve signals to the muscle in which it is injected. All are designed to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. These products temporarily make moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines look better in adults.
The fillers that Dr. Kurzman offers are Restylane, Radiesse, Sculptra, and Bellafill. Restylane is an injectable gel composed of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that already exists in the body. Restylane plumps the skin to smooth away wrinkles and folds such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth. Restylane is also used in the lips and to lessen the hollow appearance under the eyes. Radiesse, a calcium-based filler, stimulates your body’s natural collagen, filling in deep lines and helping your skin develop new collagen in the process. In a diluted form, it is also used to promote collagen growth to smooth away fine lines on the face and crinkly skin on the chest, arms, and knees. Sculptra is a collagen stimulator that is used to replace the volume lost in the face due to the aging process. The results may last for 2 years. Bellafill is indicated for the correction of nasolabial folds and moderate to severe facial acne scars on the cheek in patients over 21. Bellafill is approved for the correction of nasolabial folds and moderate to severe facial acne scars. Like Sculptra, it is also used to replace volume in the cheeks and temple areas, and it last up to 5 years.
Lines and wrinkles on our face occur due to the natural expressions that we make based on the muscles underlying the skin. The earlier you start with these treatments, the better the results can be. Many peoples start forming lines in their face in their twenties or thirties, so it is a good idea to start Botox and fillers at a younger age. This will prevent new lines from forming and will prevent these existing lines from getting worse. If you do decide to start later in life, treatment is still effective in reducing lines and preventing them from worsening.
As part of the natural aging process, we experience volume loss in the face and a downward movement of the soft tissue structures. Fillers are highly effective in volumizing and lifting the aging face, as well as reducing deeper lines. Many people find fillers helpful in their thirties or forties, but younger people may benefit from fillers when used to enhance the features of their youthful face. Fillers can produce excellent results at any age. Older individuals may see more benefit by utilizing fillers under the eyes and around mouth, or anywhere there is more volume loss with age.
If you start to notice fine lines beginning to form, feel free to start your treatments. If you want to prevent those earliest fine lines from becoming wrinkles, preventative Botox can be the solution. Most people wait until they start to see wrinkles before they seek treatments, but preventative treatments treat wrinkles before they emerge. Most experts agree that patients in their mid to late twenties and thirties are at a great age to start treatments. By injecting the muscles that typically cause wrinkles around the mouth, eyes, and eyebrows before they start developing, you are preventing them before they happen. Treatments slow down the use of those muscles, preventing lines from developing or at least delaying the development of these lines.
If you are looking for the right time to start Botox or fillers, there just is no “right” time. Earlier than starting in your mid-twenties is probably too early. Certain wrinkles are genetic, so if you notice fine lines or wrinkles in your older relatives, it is a good idea to start your treatment. When you start earlier, it helps keep the muscles weak which means you will not need as many treatments when you are older. If you are already older, it is not too late! Call today to make your next cosmetic appointment with us!