What Age Should You Start Getting Botox?: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding When to Get Botox and Why


You’ve heard so much about it.

Most of your friends have already started Botox treatments and their results have you convinced. 

You know you want it.  

I mean, who can resist that flawless, baby-smooth skin?

But, wait!

You’ve got questions!

  • What does botox feel like when it starts to work?
  • When will botox start to wear off?
  • When to start getting botox?
  • How do you get the most out of your investment? 

Don’t worry.  You’ve come to just the right place!  

We’ll answer all of those questions and more.

This guide will take a look at what science has to say about why and when to start using Botox. 

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What is Botox and How Does it Work?

Botox, also known as Botulinum Toxin, is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.

When it’s injected under your skin, botulinum blocks specific nerve signals that make your muscles contract. 

So, basically, your muscles relax. Your wrinkles are reduced. 

Botox is known for its miraculous ability to reduce:

  • crow’s feet 
  • forehead wrinkles 
  • marionette lines
  • and can even help tighten up a saggy jowl.  

Face it, you inherited many fine things from your Grandma, but that jowl sure isn’t one of them. 

But there’s so much more to botox. 

While most of us are familiar with its amazing anti-aging properties, botox shows great promise in other areas, as well, including:

Pretty impressive list, right?

But, does Botox really live up to its anti-aging claims?  

A 13-year study was conducted involving a set of female identical twins. The goal was to prove that long-term use of preventative botox would prevent the formation of dynamic facial wrinkles. One twin was given regular botox injections over the 13 years, while the other twin had just a couple of treatments.  

You won’t believe the outcome! The untreated areas on each twin aged similarly. However, the twin who received the regular botox treatments had either an absence of or very minimal lines in comparison to her untreated sister.

Knowing When to Start Using Botox and Why

You’ve decided botox is for you.

So, the next step is to decide: “At what age should I get botox?”

Let’s take a look at some factors that can help bring clarity to this important decision.

When to Start Botox

Let’s face it, everyone’s skin ages at its own pace…

  • Your lifestyle
  • Your skin type
  • Your ethnic background 
  • Your genetics (remember that jowl?)  

…can all influence how quickly, and to what degree, your skin will age.

How you choose to care for your skin is also a huge factor. 

You’ll definitely want to be sure to do all you can to prevent wrinkles by taking every possible precaution to protect your skin from aging prematurely. 

Of course, you can start your botox treatments at any time.

But, let’s take a quick look at some factors you can consider as you determine when to start getting botox. 

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What Does Botox Feel Like When it Starts to Work?: How to Know if Your Botox is Working for You

If you’re curious about what an actual treatment feels like, this guide will provide all of the details.

After your first botox treatment, you may notice a bit of a ‘tight’ sensation or a slight feeling of ‘heaviness.’  Don’t worry, this should subside within a week or two. 

But, how long until those wrinkles fill-in? Great question.

Of course, results will vary, but you’ll most likely begin to notice Botox working its magic within around 2-8 days.

When Will Botox Start to Wear Off and How Often Do You Need Treatments?

It’s inevitable.

Eventually, your muscles will move again and your wrinkles will come back.  

You may be interested in knowing that there are some steps you can take, as a part of your treatment aftercare, to help your Botox treatment last as long as possible.

When will Botox start to wear off?

While the effects of Botox are different for each individual, 3-6 months is the typical amount of time you can expect your Botox treatment to last. 

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When to Start Preventative Botox: Are You Ever Too Young or Too Old for Botox?

And now for the final question. (drumroll) … At what age should I get botox?

Let’s take a close-up look at the options.

Botox in Your 20’s

Find the nearest mirror.  (I’ll wait)

Okay, smile. See those tiny creases around your mouth? 

  • Accordion lines  

Now, squint. Those little lovelies framing your baby blues?  

  • Crow’s feet

Next, let’s see your most convincing pout. What’s that between your brows? 

  • Frown lines…aka “elevens”

All of these little creases, technically known as dynamic wrinkles, can eventually etch into full-blown wrinkles.  

Scary, huh?!

But, great news.  

Since a botox treatment limits the movement of your muscles, it can keep them from habitually creeping into wrinkle-mode, thus keeping them from becoming more deeply set.

Wondering when to start getting botox?  

Preventative botox in your 20s can be a great option for you if you’re looking to ward off those fine lines and wrinkles before they really have a chance to start.

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Botox in Your 30’s

Are you finding yourself smoothing makeup that collects in the lines and creases of your face? 

  • Have you skipped the sunscreen over the years? (Your mom was right.)
  • Spent hours in a tanning bed?
  • Are you a smoker? 

If the answer is “yes” to any of these, your skin has definitely paid the price. 

Be assured, your 30-year-old face is displaying the neglect. 

Oh, and in your 30s, your skin is becoming thinner and produces less natural oils.

Contrary to what you may have thought as a teenager, your skin’s oil, in the correct proportions, is actually a good thing.

The decrease in those natural oils means now’s the time those crow’s feet are sure to come circling in for a landing.

Wondering when to start getting botox? Your 30s can be prime-time.

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Botox in Your 40’s

A demanding job.

Raising kids.

Caring for your aging parents.

You know all about the effects of stress on your body. But did you know stress also wreaks havoc on your skin?  

Your 40’s are the time your skin begins to decrease collagen production and elasticity. This is NOT good news at all.

Wrinkles in your 40’s? 

No need to smile to see them. 

They’ve taken up permanent residence. Uninvited, no less.

But thankfully, it’s not too late

Botox treatments can be effective at any age.

As long as you have wrinkles, you’re never too old for botox.

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Do You Still Have Questions

If you still have questions, Bridgetown Aesthetics is ready to meet your needs with their medical expertise in a professional, comfortable environment.

Call us today for your free consultation.No matter what age you decide to start your botox treatments, we’re here to give you the best experience and results possible.

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