Botox is an injectable muscle relaxant that has been used since the 20th century to treat problems caused by overactive muscles, like blepharospasms and sagging eyelids. At River Region Dermatology and Laser in Montgomery, AL, we are proud to offer this safe, effective treatment to help our clients address a wide range of issues. Today, we’re taking a closer look at when the best time is to get treatment, what can be treated, and much more.
What Is the Best Age for Getting Botox?
Generally, the best age to get Botox injections is the age at which you have moderate or severe concerns caused by overactive muscles. For example, the best age for you to get injectable muscle relaxant treatments may be 25 if you have crow’s feet or nasolabial folds that won’t disappear with topical cosmetics. The best age for your younger sister to get this type of treatment may be 21 if she suffers from chronic migraines several times monthly.
What Concerns Can Be Addressed By This Treatment?
If a concern is caused by overactive muscles, there is a good chance that Botox can correct it. For example, this type of treatment can be very effective if you have such dynamic wrinkles as crow’s feet, smoker’s lines, forehead folds, and sagging eyebrows and eyelids. This treatment is also effective for making the upper lip look fuller by relaxing the muscle above the upper lip.
Chronic migraines are one of the most common medical conditions treated by this injectable muscle relaxant. However, this injectable medication can also address such problems as cervical dystonia and hyperhidrosis. The former causes such symptoms as uncontrollable head spasms, neck pain, and upper back and shoulder discomfort. The latter can affect any region of the body with sweat glands, like the hands, feet, underarms, knees, elbows, and upper face.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
You need to meet with a dermatologist to discuss your concerns, goals, and health before a determination can be made on your candidacy for this type of treatment. There’s a good chance you will be considered healthy enough for treatment if you are free from known allergies or heart problems. You may be considered a poor candidate for this treatment if you are allergic to bovine protein or have experienced anaphylactic shock in the past.
You also may be considered a poor candidate for this treatment if you take oral muscle relaxants or NSAIDs daily. During your initial consultation, we will provide you with a complete list of preparation guidelines you will need to follow. Among these instructions are to not take oral muscle relaxants, certain sleep aids, and blood-thinning pharmaceuticals.
What Other Preparation Steps Should I Be Aware of?
Another very important preparation step you should be aware of is you should not consume alcohol or tobacco products in advance of your injection session. Both alcohol and nicotine can increase your blood pressure significantly which can affect your treatment session or recovery.
What Can I Expect During the Recovery Process?
You should expect your recovery process to go smoothly. There is no downtime required after treatment, so you will not necessarily need to take any time off from work. However, there are several aftercare guidelines you must be able to adhere to. For example, you will need to avoid excessive exercise and other activities that result in sweating. You may need to take some time off from work if you can’t avoid sweating while performing your job duties.
Another very important post-treatment care guideline you will need to follow is to refrain from applying too much pressure to the injection sites. For example, you will need to sleep on your back for the first few nights following your injection session.
What Else Can I Expect After Treatment?
You can expect to see your initial results very quickly. Individual results vary, but roughly half of people who get this treatment start to see their results after just 48 hours. You can feel extremely confident that you will see the initial results of your treatment after just 96 hours post-injections. You can generally feel confident that you will be able to enjoy your final results just 10 to 14 days after your injections are administered.
However, you should know that it may take closer to a month for your final results to become apparent. In extreme cases, two treatment sessions are necessary before ideal results can be achieved. We will advise you on how many treatment sessions you can expect to need to achieve your ideal results during your initial evaluation once we have evaluated the severity of your concerns and discussed your goals.
Get the Look You Want
The bottom line is that there is no set-in-stone best age for getting Botox injections as long as you are at least 18 years of age. You may qualify for treatment before you reach the age of 18 if you are concerned about certain medical problems. If you think this treatment is right for you, contact us today at River Region Dermatology and Laser in Montgomery, AL to schedule your initial consultation.