Patients often ask us when they should start injections of dermal fillers like Juvederm or neuromodulators like Botox. To put it simply, there’s no “right age” to start injectables. Rather, you should start when the time is right for preventative maintenance.
Here’s an analogy that might help. If you buy a brand new, picture-perfect home, you probably wouldn’t wait until it’s falling down to perform repairs and make improvements. Instead, you’d take care of small problems when they occur so your home stays in good condition as it ages.
You can think of your skin in much the same way. It’s generally best to take preventive measures instead of waiting for the inevitable to occur. By putting off routine maintenance, you’ll end up spending more money and time to correct problems in the future.
Much like your home, you may not notice imperfections while they’re small. After all, you look at your face every day, and those very small lines may go unseen until they become a real problem.
Here’s a good rule to follow. While you may notice frown lines between your eyes when you squint or frown, you shouldn’t notice them while your face it at rest. So if you notice even the faintest lines between your eyes while your face is in a neutral position, it’s probably time for an injectable neuromodulator like Dysport or Botox.
Some people choose to start Botox injections before they notice wrinkles or lines at all. By injecting the muscles of the upper face that are responsible for frown lines and horizontal lines, these lines never have a chance to develop in the first place. Most people who take this approach start in their 20s.
If you’re looking to a dermal filler to combat signs of aging, your mid-20s is often a good time to start. Your body starts to lose bone and collagen around age 26, so it’s a good time to begin maintenance injections. By starting early, you’ll use require less product than if you wait until your mid-50s. Plus, you’ll maintain a natural, fresh appearance over the years instead of seeing a more dramatic change when you’re older.
Dermal fillers have a much broader use though. They can be used at any age to plump up lips, add volume to cheeks, add dimension to chins or increase nose bridges. For these purposes, start dermal fillers whenever you’re ready to boost your confidence!
The bottom line is this: there’s no right age to start injectables. You should start when you’re ready. But as the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. So the sooner you start, the easier it will be to maintain a youthful, radiant appearance as you grow older.
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