The ideal age to start getting anti-wrinkle injections is still causing much debate. Do preventative procedures in your 20’s actually work? Or should we hold off until our 40’s? Cosmetic Physician, Dr Phoebe Jones sets the story straight on the right time to start getting anti-wrinkle injections to keep wrinkles, crow’s feet and frown lines at bay.
“The most common question I get asked from patients is ‘What is the magic number when it comes to starting anti-wrinkle procedures?’ And if I had to put an age on it, I would say around 27,” said Dr Jones. This is the age when we start to lose collagen and elasticity in the skin,” she explains. “For the majority of people, starting smaller doses of anti-wrinkle injections in their late 20’s or early 30’s is ideal for preventative purposes.”
“Anti-wrinkle injections, commonly referred to as Botox, Dysport or Xeomin contain Botulinum toxin, a bacterially derived protein that binds to receptors at the junction where a nerve ending meets a motor muscle ending. This binding prevents the nerve from sending a message to the muscle telling it to move,” explains Dr Jones. “The result is temporary paralysis of the muscles telling it to move. The anti-wrinkle injection proteins eventually start to unbind from the receptors and the effects slowly wear off, which is why your face can never permanently ‘freeze’,” she adds.
“Anti-wrinkle injections are performed to ensure that fine lines will soften and not become deeply set. If left untreated, these fine lines become more difficult to treat which is why we encourage people to receive anti-wrinkle injections in their late 20’s or early 30’s rather than hold off until their 40’s or 50’s. In saying that, there is no such thing as it being too late to get anti-wrinkle injections. More mature patients will just have some deep lines at rest which won’t resolve completely with one anti-wrinkle injection treatment and we may encourage combining these injections with dermal fillers to fill the lines.”
“While an individual’s age is a contributing factor to deciding on when to get anti- wrinkle injections, there is no fixed age and other factors come into play. For example, people with overly expressive faces may start a little earlier than their late 20’s,” she says. “Additionally, lifestyle factors including the time spent in the sun without protection and smoking can really speed up the skins ageing process. Becoming fastidious about sun protection is invaluable for your skin.”
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