Your guide to Botox and antiaging treatment in Portland, OR through the years
Dr. Maddox and his team are known for delivering beautiful, natural looking results in anti-aging treatment. Botox is one of the most requested anti-aging solutions here at Thrive Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Center in Portland, OR. Patients often ask, “When is the best time to begin treatment?”
The simple answer is that Botox can be beneficial as soon as you see the first sign of crow’s feet, which most often happens in the late twenties or thirties. Below is detailed information about Botox use and other antiaging steps for every phase of life.
Twenties – Focus on prejuvenation
- Time for Botox? – Maybe. If you see lines, even fleetingly, talk to your doctor.
- Antiaging steps – Sun protection, consider mild rejuvenation and prejuvenation treatments such as IPL or light chemical peels
If you are in your early twenties, it is probably still too soon for Botox, but that could change before your thirtieth birthday. Everyone ages differently, and at a different rate. This is partially determined by genetics and other factors beyond your control. However, sun exposure is one of the primary causes of premature aging, so you can slow the process with good skin protection.
It is common for men and women to begin developing dynamic wrinkles early, sometimes before they reach the age of 30. These are lines that appear for a moment when you laugh, smile, scowl, or squint. They are faint, and they disappear as quickly as you relax your face. At this point, Botox can easily erase those lines and keep muscles relaxed so that they don’t keep developing.
Thirties – rejuvenation
- Time for Botox? – Probably
- Antiaging steps – Continue sun protection, add retinoids to your skincare regimen, consider dermal fillers if you notice volume loss
Now early signs of aging become more predominant, and the process seems to accelerate. If you haven’t developed dynamic wrinkles yet, you almost certainly will soon. Without treatment, they quickly turn into static wrinkles, which do not disappear when you relax your face. Most people also begin experiencing significant facial volume loss at this age, which exacerbates wrinkles.
This is the most common age for patients to begin Botox treatment. If treatment begins before lines are deeply set in, they can usually be erased – and Botox prevents them from developing further.
Forties – reversing signs of aging
If you’ve been using Botox and taking good care of your skin, you probably have a quite youthful appearance. However, if you haven’t addressed early signs of aging, then the cumulative effects of UV exposure, respective facial expressions, and other skin damage are taking a highly visible toll on your skin. This is the time when most people get serious about reversing signs of aging.
Skin is now thinner, less hydrated, and less elastic. For patients who have never used Botox, some lines may be deeply etched. In this case, Botox can soften current lines, and help prevent new ones from forming. Procedures such as laser resurfacing may help soften and rejuvenate skin, further reducing the appearance of fine lines.
- Time for Botox? – Yes
- Antiaging steps – Step up the moisturizer, adjust skincare products to meet changing needs, continue sun protection, ask your doctor about injectables, lasers, and other procedures to fight back against aging
Fifties and beyond – It is never too late for antiaging
- Time for Botox? – Yes
- Antiaging steps – Be gentle with your skin, use quality anti-aging topicals, continue using sun protection and adjusting your skincare routine as needed, consider surgical or non-surgical cosmetic treatments,
Some patients ask if they are “too old” for Botox. The answer is unequivocally, “no.” There is no upper age limit for Botox treatment. As long as you are healthy enough for treatment, you can continue as long as you wish. However, like other minimally invasive procedures, it does have its limitations. In the advanced stages of aging, skin laxity and other factors can cause severe wrinkles and sags, which might not be correctable with non-surgical treatment. At this time, many patients consult with our board-certified facial plastic surgeon about a face lift or similar procedure.
Anti-aging advice for everyone
The age ranges and common skin concerns listed above are approximate. We all age differently, and we all have unique skin needs at every phase of life. Few “rules” of skincare are universal, aside from the need for sun protection. The best way to discover your best antiaging options is to visit our office for a consultation. We can help you choose the best products, optimize your daily skin care, and select the right professional treatments to meet your needs. Call us at (503) 928-6505 to schedule.Back to Botox Cosmetic Page