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What Is the Ideal Age for Getting Botox?

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Botox is an injectable muscle relaxant proudly offered at Tampa Bay Plastic Surgery. It can be used to address a number of cosmetic and medical concerns, but it is usually used to reverse rhytids, lines, and folds in the face. Are you wondering whether you are too old to get this treatment? Are you wondering if you’re too young to get this treatment? If so, keep reading to discover the ideal age for getting treatment.

What Is the Ideal Age for Getting Botox? 

The ideal age to get Botox injections is usually the age at which you start to become concerned about overactive muscles. However, you should understand that there is a minimum age requirement. You must be at least 18 years of age if you are seeking treatment for cosmetic concerns. If you have muscle-related cosmetic concerns and are not yet 18 years of age, you must wait until you are a legal adult to seek treatment.

Am I Too Young for This Treatment? 

You are not too young for this injectable muscle relaxant treatment if you are at least 18 years of age. If you’re in your early 20s and worried that you’re too young to be showing the signs of aging, know that you are not alone. In fact, it is common for people under the age of 25 to get this treatment because the more mild your concerns are, the smaller the dose you will need to achieve your desired results.

If you only need a small dose of medication to achieve your desired results, your treatment will be more convenient and affordable. Sessions aren’t inconvenient if you need a large dose, but it will take a little longer to deliver the extra medication required for the desired results. Moreover, if your cosmetic concerns are mild in nature, you will be able to see your results faster and they may last longer.

Am I Too Old for This Treatment? 

If you are in relatively good health, you are not too old for this injectable muscle relaxant treatment. It is common for people in their 60s to get this treatment. Nonetheless, you should understand that if your cosmetic concerns are severe in nature, there is a slim chance that you will need two sessions.  

How Quickly Does This Injectable Muscle Relaxant Work? 

You can usually expect to start seeing the results of this injectable muscle relaxant after just 24 to 48 hours. However, some people don’t start to see their results until 72 to 96 hours after their injection session. Regarding the final results of this injectable muscle relaxant, you can usually expect to be satisfied with your results 10 to 14 days after your injections.

Is There Anything I Can Do To Make This Treatment Work Faster? 

Yes, it is possible to help speed along your results. The sooner this injectable medication spreads throughout your treatment area, the faster it will block some of your brain’s signals to your motor receptors. The sooner some of the communication to your motor receptors is blocked, the sooner your excessively tense muscles will relax. The sooner your excessively tense muscles relax, the sooner your skin will smooth.

To help the liquid medication spread throughout your treatment area faster, you can make a point to exercise the treated muscles 200 times per day. For example, if you use this injectable muscle relaxant to treat crow’s feet, you should open your eyes as wide as possible and squint them as tightly as possible 40 times. You should do five sets of 40 repetitions per day.

How Long Will the Results of My Treatment Last? 

Most people find that their results last for three to four months. However, individual results vary, and several factors affect the longevity of your results. For example, if you have never received this treatment before, we may administer a dose of medication that is a little small. This allows us to evaluate how you react to the treatment. We want your results to look completely natural, and erring on the side of caution may diminish the results’ longevity a bit.

The more you receive Botox injections, the longer your results will last. After three or four treatment sessions, you may find that your ideal results last for six months. This is because the longer your muscles are relaxed for, the more they atrophy. Even when the results of the injectable muscle relaxant wear off, the muscles are no longer as strong as they once were, so they are less noticeable.

How Can I Help My Results Last Longer?

To help your results last for as long as possible, it is important that you protect your collagen. Collagen is a special type of protein that keeps your skin plump, taut, and smooth. The plumper your skin is, the longer it will take for your overly tense muscles to wrinkle your skin. One of the most effective steps you can take to keep your results is to make sure you are hydrating your skin from the inside and out.

To hydrate your skin from the inside, make sure that you are drinking at least half of a gallon of water over the course of a 24-hour period. If you notice your urine smells like salt or is dark, drink more hydrating fluids or eat more hydrating foods. To ensure the deep layers of your skin remain hydrated, ensure your urine is always pale. To ensure the outer layers of your skin are hydrated, moisturize your skin once or twice daily.

What Other Steps Can I Take To Extend the Longevity of My Results? 

You can also extend the longevity of your results by getting at least 2.5 hours of moderate exercise per week. Getting no fewer than 2.5 hours of moderate exercise per week is great for the efficiency of your cardiovascular system. The efficiency of your cardiovascular system is important because the more efficiently your heart circulates nutrients throughout your body, the better your skin can produce collagen.  

It is also very important to eat nutritiously to ensure that there are enough of the necessary nutrients circulating throughout your body. Specifically, when planning your meals for the day, you should make sure that you are getting your recommended daily intake of vitamin C and protein from your foods and beverages. Avoiding tobacco and excess alcohol consumption will also protect your collagen, as will wearing adequate sun protection.

Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment? 

To determine whether you are a good candidate for this treatment, you need to attend an initial evaluation. Most people who are in relatively good health will find that they are a good fit for this treatment as long as they are at least 18 years of age. However, a consultation is required for a couple of reasons. First, we need to evaluate your areas of concern and discuss your goals to verify that this treatment will be effective for you.

Second, we need to discuss your health thoroughly to verify that this treatment will be safe for you. For example, you will be considered a poor fit for this treatment if you are currently pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to become pregnant. As another example, you will be considered a poor fit for this treatment if you have a history of keloid scarring or an allergy to bovine protein.

How Should I Prepare for This Treatment? 

We will tell you how to prepare for your treatment during your initial consultation. Among the steps you must take are wearing sunscreen and not taking oral muscle relaxants.

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Generally, the ideal age for getting Botox injections is the age at which you are concerned about overactive muscles. Nonetheless, there is a minimum age requirement of 18 to qualify for this treatment if it is being used for cosmetic purposes. If you are 17 and worried about dynamic lines, rhytids, and folds, you will need to wait to seek treatment until you are at least 18 years old.

Several factors affect whether you will qualify for this treatment besides your age. For example, you will be considered a poor fit for this treatment if you are allergic to bovine protein or taking oral muscle relaxants daily. To find out for sure whether now is the right time for you to get this anti-aging treatment, contact us today at Tampa Bay Plastic Surgery to schedule your initial consultation.

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