Do you remember your teen years and what your notions of old age were? I remember thinking my 29 year old cousin was old! In fact, it is not uncommon for a thirteen year old to think of 30s as when you start to get old. It does not help that we are constantly bombarded by images of perfect models and celebrities at an early age. It makes young women feel as if we could never be as beautiful or attain such perfection. As we age, we feel like we are losing the race against aging and scramble to find quick fixes like Botox and fillers or expensive anti-aging products. The good news is that Botox, which has been around for many years, has been proven to be safe and effective. Botox is a natural purified protein used to relax certain facial muscles that cause wrinkles, to create a relaxed and rejuvenated look. Botox treatments, when done correctly by an expert, can have no residual damage or side effect even if started at a young age.
According to medical professionals, there is no such thing as the right age for Botox. The most common age group that starts Botox is mid-30s, but it has become a popular notion that getting Botox in your early twenties will prevent you from getting more invasive procedures later. Starting Botox at a younger age and preventing deep lines from ever forming, requiring less procedures later in life. Similarly, the deeper one’s nasolabial folds become, the more volume of filler is required to optimally correct. For instance, a 50 year old sun soaker who has never before been treated may have very deep lines, requiring 3-4 syringes of filler, whereas the 50 year old who began fillers in her 30s may require much less maintenance at 50 and would likely do well with one or two syringes. Everyone has their own threshold. Early 20s is the optimal age to visit your dermatologist and get a consultation and find out what is the right procedure for your skin type.
This does not mean all 20 year olds are good candidates for Botox. Everyone is different and may have different thresholds or reactions to Botox. Make sure you have a clear need for the procedure. Get your procedure done only by a qualified and experienced doctor; since inappropriate doses or injection sites could result in unwanted complications. It’s important to discuss your expectations with your doctor, who will advise you on realistic results from your procedure. Make sure your doctor is a “high volume” injector – meaning he or she has been injecting for more than 5 years.
Last but not least, Botox is a commitment and if you are in your early 20s it’s important to understand the cost associated with the procedure and to make sure you are getting what you’re paying for. There are two ways doctors charge for Botox; either per unit or per area. Per unit method is the best method because it’s clear exactly what you are paying for. The average cost can be anywhere from $9 to $20 per unit, depending on where you live. Typically , the average person needs about 20 units to treat horizontal forehead lines, 2 to 10 units to treat crow’s feet around the eyes and 25 units to treat the glabella. Per area means a doctor might charge anywhere from $250 to $500 (again, depending on where you live) for each area they inject. Places like the forehead can have multiple areas and can be expensive to treat. It pays to do your homework before committing to Botox.