• Dr. Naureen Akhtar General Practitioner MBBS,MRCGP,DRCOG

uses of BotoxSince its approval by the FDA in 2002, millions of people have already used Botox for a variety of purpose. Majority of patients are between the age of 40 and 50, but the popularity of Botox for cosmetic purposes expanded to include those in their early 20s and those in their 70s. But the question is – does age a major factor into Botox’ effectiveness?

Although there are no age limits to the use of Botox, there are several reasons why patients at the endpoints of the age spectrum may first consider getting this treatment.

Age and Non-Cosmetic Use of Botox

It is worth to note that for non-cosmetic use of Botox, e.g. muscle spasms, hyperhidrosis etc., the age of the patient is generally not considered. Botox has been found to be highly effective in a variety of medical conditions or issues such as eyelid spasms, migraine and excessive sweating. However, there is a minimum age requirement. Botox is only approved to be administered for patients 18 years and above.

Using Botox for Cosmetic Purposes for Patients in their 20s

Botox for Cosmetic PurposesA growing number of women and even men in their 20s that use Botox for aesthetic purposes. Although some young adults may be concerned with a developing fine lines in their forehead or eyes, most patients in their 20s are getting Botox for preventative purposes.

If the facial line is not prominent, then Botox won’t give any noticeable difference. But some medical professionals believe that the use of Botox before a wrinkle form can prevent them from turning prominent and permanent on your face. The most common wrinkle that forms early due to muscle movement is the Glabellar lines on the forehead. It is sometimes called as ’11 Lines’.

Using Botox for Cosmetic Purposes for Patients in their 60s and 70s

Botox for cosmetic purposesAccording to the Botox maker, it is labelled for use in patients below 65 years old. According to the FDA studies, some people beyond the age of 65 have weakened neural junctions. Since Botox works by relaxing the nerve receptors in muscles so they won’t move, the effect of Botox will diminish is the neural functions are weak.

Yet, this is still a case-to-case situation and may be depend on the muscle tone of the patient instead of the age. Although age directly influences muscle tone, it does not mean that when you reach 65, you will no longer enjoy the benefits of Botox.

Although Botox is not labelled for patients beyond 65, it can still be used off-label for wrinkle treatment and other cosmetic reasons. It is best to consider that studies revealed a higher percentage of efficacy among groups below 65 years.

Another issue will be your general health and the medications you are taking. These factors may affect whether it is advised to use Botox. Be sure to discuss with a certified, experienced physician to determine if Botox is still the right anti-aging treatment option for you.