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If you’ve never dab­bled in a lit­tle “tox” – as it’s play­fully termed by loy­al­ists – then you’re prob­a­bly quite cu­ri­ous. Do you al­ready know some­one who’s had it done? (Ac­cord­ing to the stats – then prob­a­bly yes.) How do you know if you need it? And when do you start? Like so many things in life, it is so deeply per­sonal. Some peo­ple would con­sider in­jecta­bles com­pletely in­va­sive, while oth­ers con­sider Bo­tox to be sim­ply a part of their anti-age­ing rou­tine. It re­ally is down to how you view the world. For any­one who has con­sid­ered it in a pre­ven­ta­tive ca­pac­ity, we have some im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion for you. There is a golden age to start and it’s younger than you think, ac­cord­ing to cos­metic physi­cian Dr Phoebe Jones.

“The most com­mon ques­tion I get asked from pa­tients is ‘What is the magic num­ber when it comes to start­ing anti-wrin­kle pro­ce­dures?’ And if I had to put an age on it, I would say around 27,” Dr Jones said. “This is the age when we start to lose col­la­gen and elas­tic­ity in the skin. “For the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple, start­ing smaller doses of anti-wrin­kle in­jec­tions in their late 20s or early 30s is ideal for pre­ven­ta­tive pur­poses. Anti-wrin­kle in­jec­tions are per­formed to en­sure that fine lines will soften and not be­come deeply set. “If left un­treated, these fine lines be­come more dif­fi­cult to treat, which is why we en­cour­age peo­ple to re­ceive anti-wrin­kle in­jec­tions in their late 20s or early 30s rather than hold off un­til their 40s or 50s. “In say­ing that, there is no such thing as it be­ing too late to get anti-wrin­kle in­jec­tions. More ma­ture pa­tients will just have some deep lines at rest, which won’t re­solve com­pletely with one anti-wrin­kle in­jec­tion treat­ment, and we may en­cour­age com­bin­ing these in­jec­tions with der­mal fillers to fill the lines. “While an in­di­vid­ual’s age is a con­tribut­ing fac­tor to de­cid­ing on when to get anti-wrin­kle in­jec­tions, there is no fixed age and other fac­tors come into play. For ex­am­ple, peo­ple with overly ex­pres­sive faces may start a lit­tle ear­lier than their late 20s. “Ad­di­tion­ally, life­style fac­tors in­clud­ing the time spent in the sun with­out protection and smok­ing can re­ally speed up the skin’s age­ing process. Be­com­ing fas­tid­i­ous about sun protection is in­valu­able for your skin.”

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