As we age, the need for aesthetic treatment can increase – factors such as environment, lifestyle and simply the ageing process can all have a negative effect on our skin.  In fact, the idea of treatments such as Botox was originally created for the older generation to combat these problems although now people as young as their 20s use the treatments.

So, is there an upper age limit on aesthetic treatments?  And does their effect change with age?

Starting early

The current trend in aesthetic treatments is that people in their 20s are taking the treatment as a way to combat the signs of ageing before they really begin.  Injections of Botox and other treatments are used to stop commonly appearing lines such as the Glabellar lines that appear between the eyebrows.

One notable thing with using these treatments at a young age is that most of the time, there’s little visible difference after the treatment.  Fine lines may vanish and there is some evidence to show that by using treatments at a younger age, you can help your skin from allowing these lines to appear in the first place.

Treatments in your 50s and 60s

The age group between 50 and 60 are the ones who make the most use of aesthetic treatments like Botox.  For women in this age group, for example, the body only has around one-tenth of the oestrogen that it had previously.  This stimulates collagen and oil production that would normally keep the skin soft and supple – hence the appearance of more lines.

Other factors also increase the need for treatment – damage from UV rays from the sun, environmental damage over time and 50 or 60 years’ worth of natural face movements causing lines and wrinkles.  The face naturally begins to sag in the 40s and this can lead to thinner lips, sunken cheeks and makes lines around the mouth more visible.

Using treatments in later life

Generally, Botox is labelled as being for people under the age of 65 but this isn’t a set rule.  If you use a skilled and qualified practitioner for your treatment, they can assess you as an individual if you are over 65 and see if the treatments would be a good fit for you.

The reason an age limit is recommended is that after this age, some people may have weakened neural junctions.  In treatments such as Botox, nerve receptors in muscles are altered to prevent flexing – the cause of wrinkles.  But if the neural junctions are weakened, then the Botox may not have the desired effect.

Other uses for Botox

Botox and other treatments have multiple purposes in addition to removing age related lines and wrinkles.  For example, Botox is used in the treatment of several medical conditions including severe neck, should and eyelid spasms as well as chronic migraines, overactive bladder and excessive sweating.  It can even help people with upper limb spasticity due to a stroke.  These treatments can work at any age although should always be done with a qualified expert.