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When Should You Start Botox?

July 23, 2013
Women begin losing volume in their 30's, with fat and bone loss progressing with each decade. In an individual with very low body fat, Sculptra can be used in small amounts early to maintain the convexities of a thin face, or to improve the attractiveness of a face that has poor convexity in an area congenitally.  Botox is often begun in a patient's 30's for dynamic wrinkles in lighter doses.  But I have used it in patients in their 20's if they have deep frown lines that run in their family.

As you age, your skin begins to produce less oil, making it become drier and loose. This causes you to not just look old, but feel old too. There are cosmetic procedures that can reverse this problem  BOTOX® or DYSPORT® are the treatments of choice for the dynamic wrinkles, the movement-related lines and grooves in your face.

As a facial surgeon, Doctor Olson has the experience and knowledge of facial anatomy. She knows the subtleties of the face and how you can reach your aesthetic goals. Doctor Olson likes to use BOTOX to control the eyebrow position and contour by relaxing the eyebrows apart and upward – a “BOTOX Browlift" and shaping.  A tiny amount of BOTOX precisely injected, relaxes specific muscles and allows the body’s own collagen to regenerate in those lines formed from repetitive movement. BOTOX can be used so artfully so as to have a subtle softening effect that is neither obvious nor takes away our ability to communicate. Importantly, BOTOX can be used to shape the face by the advanced balanced injection to muscles of facial expression. See in photos to the right how asymmetry of the face can be balanced. BOTOX and DYSPORT are purified proteins and should be injected by the most experienced specialist in a medical setting to achieve a safe, natural and finessed result.

Doctor Olson will help you decide which is right for you.

"When Is The Right Time To Start Botox" Article from New Beauty


Denervating agents Botox, Dysport and Xeomin have become the standard for a facial refresh without going under the knife, and for good reason. When injected into the face, the safe and effective injectables inhibit the muscle contractions that lead to wrinkles for about three to four months at a time. Approved as a cosmetic treatment for improving facial lines since 2002, Botox has become a household name. However, as the media reports on young celebrities and even teenagers visiting their doctors for preventative treatments—there is some controversy surrounding the praised neurotoxin. The questions arises: When is the right time to start Botox injections?

That all depends on the patient, says Louisville, KY, plastic surgeon M. Bradley Calobrace, MD. “Everybody ages differently, so it is difficult to give an exact age of when to start Botox treatment for everyone considering it,” Dr. Calobrace explains. “However, the best time to start Botox injections is when age lines are minimally visible or unformed. For most people, this starts to happen in their late 20s or early 30s.”

Studies reveal that Botox injections administered to adults when lines were first starting to become visible actually soften the muscles and can retrain the muscles in that area. Dr. Calobrace says that by softening the muscles, Botox can become a preventative treatment, if done two to four times a year, for those who are trying to reduce the amount of wrinkles they get as they age.

“The bottom line is that any reputable and ethical plastic surgeon will discourage a patient from seeking Botox injections if they are in their teens or younger,” says Dr. Calobrace. “There is no point in preventing wrinkles at that age because they are still very youthful and show no signs of visible age lines. There should be no need for them to have to worry about that yet.”

If you think you’re ready for Botox, New York dermatologist Doris Day, MD suggests having a conversation with your board-certified dermatologist. “I think the best time to start is when you feel the wrinkles are just starting to persist at rest,” says Dr Day. “Botox can help relax the expression and avoid that line from becoming permanent or getting deeper. Your doctor will be able to best guide you if it's really the right time for you.”


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