It makes sense that some cosmetic procedures appeal more to certain age groups. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports that ear and nose surgeries, for example, are the most popular procedures among adolescents, while eyelid and face lifts top the list for patients 65 and over.
But BOTOX is different. Perhaps unique among all cosmetic procedures, BOTOX -- the perennially popular injectable -- has varied and compelling benefits for different age groups, from adolescents all the way to seniors.
Before rising to global prominence for its effectiveness with wrinkle reduction, the botulinum toxin had long been used for medical purposes, including the treatment of uncontrolled blinking, or blepharospasm. For this and the treatment of strabismus (misalignment of the eyes), BOTOX can effectively improve vision, and alleviate discomfort and social stigma for children age 12 and older.
The prevailing wisdom holds that it's " rarely too early" to start using regular BOTOX injections as a way to limit the effects of aging. A lifetime of facial expressions begins to tell a story in the form of lines and wrinkles -- and it's a story these forward-thinking people would rather leave untold. Whereas older adults often look to reduce the appearance of the wrinkles and folds that develop later in life, BOTOX patients in their 20s and 30s intend to stop them from developing in the first place.
In mid-life, BOTOX use really takes off. Approximately 87% of the 4.3 million BOTOX procedures performed in the U.S. in 2015 were on people 35 and older. The website of Elamar Skin Science, a top destination for BOTOX injections for Decatur and Huntsville, AL residents, attributes it to the tantalizing promise of "looking years younger, yet still natural."
For many people, it makes for a magical experience in front of the mirror in the days that follow, as frown lines and an angry expression give way to a smooth, refreshed looking forehead.
The desire to maintain a natural, youthful look becomes more challenging past age 55. At this point, the face and neck naturally begin to lose volume as bone mass diminishes, muscles atrophy, and the presence of fat decreases. BOTOX injections can smooth the platysmal bands in the neck, and soften dynamic wrinkles like frown lines and crows feet, but many people in this age group benefit from volume replenishment. For this reason, many anti-aging specialists recommend that seniors combine the wrinkle-smoothing effects of BOTOX with the plumping and lifting effects of dermal fillers, such as JUVÉDERM®. These dermal fillers use hyaluronic acid, a chemical found naturally in the body, to restore definition and add volume to various areas of the face, particularly the cheeks and lips.
In addition to all of its cosmetic uses, BOTOX is used to treat migraine headaches and excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). With its strong record of safety and effectiveness, it’s no surprise that researchers are continuing to find new applications for this versatile injectable.