When Is the Right Time to Start Getting Botox?


Some would consider Botox a wrinkle-reducing phenomenon. Working its magic by temporarily relaxing specific facial muscles, the injectable will smooth the associated crease or line for months. Last year, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, (ASPS), more than 7.23 million Botox procedures were performed in the U.S. The average Botox patient seems to be getting younger all the time, many now focusing on ‘prejuvenation’ techniques. So, Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics decided to answer the burning question, “When is it the right time to start getting Botox?”.

In Your 20s: The idea of prejuvenation is gaining popularity with Millennials. Electing for aesthetic treatments before any signs of aging are present is actually more than hype. Once wrinkles across the forehead, around the eyes, and between the brows begin to show, the skin can permanently crease. The longer these expressive wrinkles continue, the more the skin shows the lines. Botox can relax the targeted muscle, training it to not crinkle, and thus keeping the skin smoother and flatter. Thus, starting Botox early works as a preventative measure to avoid the development of fine lines. Compared to Botox for long-established wrinkles, injections for those in their 20s will use relatively little product. The added bonus with skin smoothening is that makeup goes on much more evenly with a less “caked-on” appearance.

In Your 30s: Many experts report that between 35 and 40 is not only the most popular time for patients to inquire about Botox, for many, it really is a great time to turn their focus towards their appearance. Lifestyle factors may mean that dynamic wrinkles will start to be seen with emotional responses (worry, laughter, stress) about this time, and these fine to deep lines then keep hanging around even after the face becomes totally relaxed – a key sign that Botox could be beneficial. Some thirtysomething women are right at the cusp of developing dynamic lines, so they still fall into the prejuvenation category. During this mature decade, women can luckily ward off the signs of aging, and no one will ever guess that anything has been done.

In Your 40s: The time a woman will first notice nagging, moderate age-related facial wrinkles will depend on a lifetime of sun exposure, genetics, and their skin type. Women with lighter skin will find that their mid-late 30s are a prime time for Botox. However, those with darker skin may actually fare better, pushing the need for Botox back until the age 40-45. Chronological age does not need to be used as a gage; when a woman notices her Crow’s Feet no longer disappear when she is not squinting, it may be time to add Botox into the beauty regime.

In Your 50s and Beyond: By the half-century mark, most women are seeing the early signs of aging and then some. How pronounced these facial lines are will depend on factors such as lifestyle (smoking, sunbathing), region (high altitude, harsh sunlight, pollution), and ethnicity. There is no true ‘right’ age to begin Botox, so women who wait until their mid-50s and 60s can still find excellent facial rejuvenation abilities with the toxin. What is important to keep in mind, when choosing Botox later in life, are the expected results. To get the desired benefits, more units of Botox may be needed. Complementary techniques, such as the use of dermal fillers, may also be suggested to achieve optimal results. With a trusted provider, a noninvasive treatment plan can be created, restoring a youthful appearance for anyone in their 50s, 60s, 70s and even well into their 80s.

Finally, the ‘right’ time for Botox is when you find an experienced, board certified Botox injector. This is where Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics comes in. Dr. Ravi Somayazula is a board certified plastic surgeon who completed his plastic surgery fellowship at the Lahey Clinic  and Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital . He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Swapna Gopathi is a graduate of the University of Louisville and she is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Both doctors have over a decade of experience in aesthetic medicine and are dedicated to achieving the safest and most natural-looking results for each patient.

Call Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics at 281.242.1061 to schedule your complimentary Botox Cosmetic consultation. Or let our patient coordinator get back to you with the answers to your questions; simply fill out our online Contact Us form.




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Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi, both Board-Certified Physicians, use a patient-centered approach and spend as much time as needed to make each patient feel special and respected—not just another person walking through the door. As a team, a one-of-a-kind treatment plan is created to address concerns from head to toe with the latest surgical and non-surgical techniques, including: Breast Augmentation (Implants), Tummy Tucks, Liposuction, Mommy Makeovers, miraDry®, Botox®, Dermal Fillers, and Sculptra®. Working side-by-side, Dr. Ravi and Dr. Gopathi strive to create a long-lasting relationship with each patient, meeting any new aesthetic needs as they arise. Together, the staff at Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery and Aesthetics take each patient step-by-step through their cosmetic journey to achieve the desired aesthetic results.

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Body by Ravi Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics sends well wishes to all of those impacted by COVID-19. Dr. Ravi and our staff understand that this has impacted our community in multiple ways, but we are ready to support you in any way we can. Patients have multiple concerns and anxieties, and we want to assure you that as a medical practice, we are here for you.

Our office is currently open and ready to serve you. We are performing elective surgeries per Texas state guidelines at our Ambulatory Surgery Center, Houston Plastic Surgery Center.  All surgical patients are required to test for Covid-19, this will be reviewed in detail with you by your Patient Care Coordinator.  We are also still performing Injectables, such as Botox and fillers, and other in-office Med Spa procedures, such as miraDry and Morpheus8 radiofrequency microneedling.  In order to do our part to decrease the spread of Covid-19, our office does have a strict screening protocol and all staff and patients are required to wear masks at all times.  Our staff continues to follow strict guidelines to increase the frequency of cleaning of all contact surfaces, such as door handles and countertops, with appropriate cleaning solutions. Your safety has always been, and will continue to be, of utmost importance.

Dr. Ravi Somayazula and Dr. Swapna Gopathi, both board certified physicians, continue to offer in person consultations as well as virtual consultations via a secure HIPAA compliant platform. We are happy to provide these two options to guarantee your comfort.

As responsible leaders in our community, we will always take the appropriate steps to ensure that every decision we make is focused on the health and safety of our patients and staff. We continue to monitor the CDC’s guidelines on infection control and are implementing their recommendations on an ongoing basis.

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