When Should You Start Getting BOTOX®?

The use of BOTOX® among patients in their 20s has significantly increased since 2010, and botulinum toxin type A treatments usually rank within the top five minimally invasive cosmetic treatments each year, according to American Society of Plastic Surgeons statistics. When it comes to cosmetic treatments and age, patients often wonder how soon is “too soon” to get BOTOX® and whether they’ll need to stop treatments when they’re older. There’s no upper age limit, and many individuals continue having treatments after age 60 and beyond. So how do you know if you need BOTOX®? Our Los Angeles-based team of board-certified physicians—including Dr. Derek Jones, who served as an investigator for the use of BOTOX® Cosmetic to treat crow’s feet—has some tips to help you get a better idea of how to know when you should consider having these types of wrinkle treatments.

BOTOX® is approved for patients who are age 18 and older, but the best age to get wrinkle injections is not really a number. Instead, it depends more on your unique condition and situation, including skin type. Each patient will be assessed individually so we can determine which treatment is best.

Many people of all ages are bothered by deepening wrinkles on the upper part of the face, such as crow’s feet and frown lines. Neuromodulators address these wrinkles by working directly on the muscles that cause them.

Most skin care experts will advise prevention over treatment when it comes to maintaining a youthful face. In other words, it’s ideal to protect your skin as much as possible to delay the first signs of deepening wrinkles. If you have naturally thin skin and are starting to see deepening lines because you have an expressive face, you may want to start having preventative BOTOX® in your 20s. BOTOX® should be used conservatively, especially when you’re younger. Having low doses of this medication at an early age may mean that you will need less when you’re older.

Wrinkles progressively become deeper with age. In your 30s and 40s, small creases will usually begin to deepen. Patients commonly use BOTOX® to prevent those lines from becoming deep-set and prominent.

Our team at Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills can explain more about BOTOX® injections (and other treatments) during your consultation. Fill out a contact form or call us today at 310-246-0495 to discuss the options.

Written by Dr. Derek Jones

Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.


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