While plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments used to be linked to advancing age, times have changed - especially with the advancement of nonsurgical procedures such as Botox, dermal fillers, and lip enhancements. Signs of aging are truly more than just a number, as a variety of lifestyle factors can contribute to an individual’s appearance, with patients finding themselves with the need to restore their youthful appearance earlier than ever before. And for some, cosmetic treatments are not about restoring a youthful appearance - it’s the fact that they just look good. Stats gathered from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) found that more than 27,000 lip procedures took place in the U.S. in 2015 alone, with a new lip procedure being performed every 20 minutes. So, what is the correct age to start these cosmetic treatments, and is there such a thing as too early when it comes to preventative procedures? Read on to find out more!
When it comes to non-surgical cosmetic treatments, premature aging is one of the first reasons why both men and women are opting for these types of procedures. And while some may find that the aging process has been kind to them, others are booking their first appointments in their 20s.
Madnani Facial Plastics tells us more about cosmetic treatments and the aging process:
“For some men and women, the aging process may begin quite early, so they will see visible signs by the time they celebrate their 30th birthday. Others may not become bothered by lines and facial laxity until their 40s or even later. The best gauge for when to start anti-aging treatments is the condition of your skin, not the candles on your birthday cake.”
Botox is being requested younger than ever before, but not necessarily because patients have started noticing premature aging. Botox is used for a variety of reasons, but largely as a preventative measure for those in their twenties who are looking to bypass signs of aging before they hit.
Debra Jaliman, a New York City-based dermatologist, tells us more about beginning Botox as a preventative measure on Allure.com:
"The earlier you start Botox, the better since it is best used as a preventative measure to avoid getting fine lines and wrinkles. It works by relaxing the muscle; once relaxed, it relaxes the overlying skin, so you don't get wrinkles. We have a lot of patients in their mid-twenties who start Botox, which is a good age if you have an expressive face and lines."
Dermal fillers are used to help create a smoother and/or fuller appearance in the face and offer
a non-surgical solution for sagging, loss of volume, and deepening folds caused by aging. When it comes to this type of cosmetic procedure, most patients begin in their 30s and 40s.
Peterson Surgery explains when and why adult patients begin to make their appointments for dermal fillers:
“There are numerous different fillers on the market, which include different concentrations of various active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid. In general, however, fillers work by plumping up the skin. This results in a more rounded, healthy-looking facial contour. Adult patients of all ages use fillers for cosmetic enhancements for the lips. However, when it comes to using fillers to address lines, and wrinkles, the use of fillers often starts in their early 30s and 40s.”
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