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Is it ever too late to start Botox?


Before Botox was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for cosmetic purposes back in 2002, to minimize frown wrinkles, it had already been used to treat medical ailments such as muscle spasms, excessive underarm sweating and eyelid tics.


“Botox has a 30-year track record for both medical and cosmetic uses because it’s generally very safe, relatively affordable, and consistently meets expectations,” says Dr. Isabelle Yeoh of the IYAC Aesthetic Clinic.


Today, Botox has become an accepted and widely used method of derailing the onset of facial wrinkles. And not just frown lines and crow’s feet, Botox is increasingly used in the lower face, to smooth a bulky jawline and upper neck wrinkles.


So, when is the best time to start using Botox?


“The thinking on Botox nowadays is a preventative approach, to try and stay looking the same for as long as possible,” says Dr. Yeoh.

Dr. Yeoh recommends starting in your 20s to 30s, when skin is still taut and facial muscles are firm, to in essence put the brakes on aging before the wrinkles and lines take hold. An ongoing regime of Botox can help maintain a youthful slimmer V-shaped face.


It’s generally recommended to repeat Botox every three to six months when the goal is wrinkle abatement and skin tightening. For jaw slimming and reducing hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), once every six to eight months is sufficient.




Is it too late to start Botox if my face has started to sag?


“Once the face has started to hollow out, generally by your mid 40s, we recommend combining Botox with hyaluronic acid (a natural hydrating substance in our skin) administered as fillers or skinboosters, to soften the hollows and achieve a more natural looking result,” Dr. Yeoh says.


Click here for more details on IYAC’s Liquid Lift, a procedure comprising Botox and fillers in one convenient and effective treatment.


Is Botox a viable option post menopause?


You can start a course of Botox at any age, but the question is, does using Botox in your late 50s, 60s and beyond look natural?


“The answer is no, it may not always look natural, because Botox only relaxes wrinkles, it is not addressing the loss of collagen, muscle and bone density. Only when all the issues are addressed simultaneously will you achieve the most natural-looking result,” Dr. Yeoh says.



That’s where the Botox Facelift comes in. Dr. Yeoh says the innovative technique to lift, firm and tighten the whole face by injecting small amounts of diluted Botox directly into the skin, and not into the muscle as in conventional Botox treatments, always achieves a natural look at any age.




In 2018, 1.8 million Botox procedures were performed in the US, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) website. 




Botox is a brand name for botulinum toxin type A, which is produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum and manufactured by Allergan. IYAC Aesthetic Clinic also offers two other brands of botulinum toxin A—Xeomin (from Merz) and Dysport (from Medicis). The three brands are very similar in terms of safety, result satisfaction and duration of results, and can be used for cosmetic or medical purposes.



Click here for more info on IYAC’s Botox services.