Wondering about Botox? If so, know that of the 15.7 million minimally invasive aesthetic procedures that were done in 2017, Botox, an FDA-approved wrinkle filler, was the most popular. A whopping 7.23 million Botox procedures were done in the U.S. alone. That’s up 2% from 2016. Here’s how it’s used to turn back the clock through the decades.
In your 20s
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, botulinum toxin procedures have increased by 28% since 2010 among 20- to 29-year-olds. Of course, you don’t want to do too much too soon, but what’s known as “preventative” Botox is a real strategy that benefits future you. At this stage, a dermatologist can note bad habits (such as furrowing your brow) and use Botox conservatively to train the face to prevent lines from developing—or perhaps even totally reverse lines that are in their nascence. In addition, it’s important to take care of your skin inside and out. Good nutrition, good skincare, sunscreen and good lifestyle habits like getting good sleep and not smoking is your beauty-full prescription. You’ll stave off years of premature aging.
In your 30s and 40s
OK, so you’ve had a few decades on the planet and it’s not just Mother Nature that’s taken a toll on your skin. There have been environmental pollutants, stress, blue light and more. Most people familiar with Botox know that it’s used to minimize wrinkles around the eyes and “crow’s feet” smile crinkles and to treat fine lines and wrinkles between the eyebrows and on the forehead. But a skilled professional can also use it to reduce the jaw area by targeting the jawline’s masseter muscles, which lose elasticity as we get older.
In your 50s, 60s and beyond
Older men are getting Botox now more than ever before. According to a new report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 1.3 million cosmetic procedures were performed on men last year alone. That represents a 29% increase since 2000. The “Daddy-Do-Over” is a thing.
A board-certified dermatologist can use Botox, combined with other forms of treatment, to lessen the appearance of visible neckbands as well as other signs of aging in the chin and neck areas.
No matter what your gender, getting started with Botox in your 50s has its limitations. For deep folds and sagging skin, other procedures are more effective such as fillers and surgery.
Botox after 50 may not make you look like you’re 21, but that’s not the goal. It’s you, refreshed and lovely. Confidence is sexy. You’ve earned it!
Botox Is Just Part of the Plan
Note that Botox is just one tool as part of a holistic approach to your appearance and wellbeing. Anyone can step up their skincare routine with targeted treatments. Products such as Alastin Skincare Restorative Eye Treatment with TriHex Technology and Restorative Neck Complex with TriHex Technology offer solutions to make mature skin its most beautiful.
Aging isn’t just from the neck up. For example, if you’ve been fit all of your life or lost weight, these may be the decades that pockets of fat stick around no matter how many 5Ks you run or how many Cardio Barre classes you take—once perimenopause starts kicking in, you might find fat especially stubborn in the places you don’t want it (like your middle) and disappearing from the places where it was helpful (such as your cheeks and lips). But CoolSculpting targets and eliminates stubborn fat, while Z-Wave High Energy Radial Pulse Technology and other skin-tightening procedures work on thighs and other areas.