Do you ever stroll down the beaches of Indian Harbour Beach or West Melbourne wearing sunglasses to hide your crow’s feet? Have you ever been told to lighten up because forehead folds make you look grumpy? Do you have other cosmetic concerns caused by overactive muscles? If so, Botox injections may be right for you. Keep reading to learn more about this efficient, highly effective injectable muscle relaxant, including when you should consider it.

What Is the Best Age to Get Botox? 

The best age to get Botox (botulinum toxin injections) is generally the age at which you start to feel self-conscious about overactive muscles. There is a caveat, though. When used for cosmetic purposes, the FDA has only approved this injectable for individuals who are at least 18 years of age.

If you have dynamic wrinkles and you are not yet 18, you will have to wait until you are older to get treatment. You may only get botulinum toxin injections before you are 18 years of age if you are concerned about a medical condition caused by overactive muscles, like cervical dystonia or chronic migraine headaches.

Can I Be Too Old for Treatment? 

No, you cannot be too old to qualify for this injectable muscle relaxant. However, you should be aware that, as a general rule, the older you are, the more severe your cosmetic concerns are. Therefore, you may need a larger dose of medication to achieve your desired results. It is also possible that you will need two treatment sessions to achieve your desired results.

How Soon Will I See My Results? 

You can generally expect to see your desired results 1-2 weeks after your treatment session. If you require two treatment sessions to relax your targeted muscles fully, you can expect to see your desired results take slightly longer.

How Long Will the Results of My Treatment Last? 

If you have never received botulinum toxin injections before, your ideal results may only last for a couple of months. With subsequent treatment sessions, you can generally expect your ideal results to last longer. In addition to your treatment history, the expected longevity of your results is affected by the areas you are trying to treat, the severity of your muscle tension, and several other factors.  

What Areas Can Be Treated With Botox? 

This injectable muscle relaxant can be used to treat any cosmetic concern caused by overactive muscles. However, it is usually used to treat crow’s feet and forehead folds. One reason it is commonly used to treat crow’s feet is that the skin in the outer eye region is extremely thin. It doesn’t take a lot of muscle motion for the wrinkles to show through the very thin skin. Another reason is the muscles around the eyes are used so frequently.

Your forehead skin is a lot thicker than the skin around your eyes. However, the muscles are a lot stronger. Therefore, dynamic wrinkles commonly form in this area. Other cosmetic concerns that can be treated with this injectable muscle relaxant include nasolabial folds, a thin upper lip, marionette lines, and sagging eyebrows and hooded eyelids.

What Other Anti-Aging Treatments in West Melbourne or Indian Harbour Beach May Improve My Appearance? 

There are a number of other anti-aging treatments that can help you reverse the signs of aging. For example, if botulinum toxins are not appropriate for you, Dysport and Xeomin injections are also available. These injectable muscle relaxants can be used to treat the same cosmetic concerns as we’ve already covered because they work in the same way. In addition, signs of aging caused by volume loss can be corrected by: 

  • Sculptra
  • Juvederm Voluma
  • Juvederm Volbella
  • Juvederm Ultra XC
  • Juvederm Ultra Plus XC

Additionally, Radiesse, Restylane Defyne, Restylane Refyne, Restylane Kysse, Restylane Silk, Restylane Lyft, and Restylane L can be used to reverse the signs of aging caused by volume loss. Besides Radiesse and Sculptra, the previously mentioned injectables are designed specifically to be effective in one or two areas.

Am I a Good Juvederm Candidate? 

There is an excellent chance that you will be considered a good Juvederm candidate if you have cosmetic concerns caused by moderate or severe volume loss. The appropriate Juvederm formula for you depends on several factors, including allergies you may have and where your cosmetic concerns are. For example, Voluma is appropriate if you are concerned about the appearance of your midface. It can be used to:

  • Volumize the apple of the cheek
  • Lift sagging jowls
  • Recontour the cheekbone

If you have moderate-to-severe wrinkles and folds around your mouth or thin lips, you may be a good candidate for Ultra XC or Ultra Plus XC. However, the XC in the formula name indicates the inclusion of lidocaine, an injectable anesthetic designed to keep you comfortable throughout your treatment.

Will My Treatment Hurt Without Lidocaine? 

Even if the Juvederm formula you receive does not contain lidocaine, you could experience discomfort. A tiny needle is used to administer the injectable dermal filler, so you should only expect to feel a small amount of pressure as the injectable is administered. If you’d like, we can administer a topical anesthetic to numb the treatment area prior to the injections being administered.

How Does Juvederm Work? 

Juvederm is made up of a synthetic version of hyaluronic acid (HA), a substance naturally produced by your body. Signs of aging, like certain types of nasolabial folds, sunken cheeks, sagging jowls, and thin lips, are caused by your skin producing less HA, collagen, and elastin over time. When HA is administered, it restores lost volume immediately and encourages the production of extra collagen, further improving the appearance.

Am I a Good Sculptra Candidate? 

You may be considered a good Sculptra candidate if you have moderate or severe facial wrinkles, folds, or sagging. Furthermore, this poly-L -lactic acid-based injectable can be administered into other regions of the body, like the chest, to volumize the skin, eliminating wrinkles. However, to qualify for this injectable, you’ll need to comply with several preparation guidelines, like not smoking, drinking alcohol, or taking NSAIDs.

Are There Any Other Treatments That May Benefit Me? 

Yes, there are other treatments that can help you reverse aging signs. Chemical peels and microneedling are just two examples. Chemical peels can be used to erase age spots, lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. Peels can also improve your appearance if you have such concerns as acne scars or hyperpigmentation. Microneedling can be used to achieve the same goals as chemical peels.

Botulinum toxin injections are appropriate for individuals who are at least 18 years of age when treatment is sought for cosmetic concerns. Treatment may be appropriate for younger individuals when there are medical concerns that need to be treated. Other than the minimum age requirements set by the FDA, there is no best age to get treatment. To learn more, schedule a free evaluation now at The Refinery Medspa & Wellness located in West Melborne, FL and Skin & Body by The Refinery in Indian Harbour Beach, Fl. Also be sure to follow us on social media for our latest deals and specials & events!