Is It Harmful to Have Botox After the Age of 65?

 Is It Harmful to Have Botox After the Age of 65?

Botox is an incredible, noninvasive way to have your face looking younger in just a few short weeks after treatment. But is Botox safe in adults over 65?

Botox at 65

Botox Explained

Botox is an injectable drug that uses a toxin called botulinum A to inhibit muscle movement in specific areas of the face. Namely, Botox is approved to treat frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet (the lines at the outside corners of our eyes). But why does injecting Botox into our crow’s feet help at all? Wrinkles like these are referred to as dynamic wrinkles, which means they occur as a result of repetitive muscle movements. Over time, our skin can thin in these areas and lose a lot of its regenerative abilities. While of course the skin in these areas isn’t at risk of any health complications, the thinner skin does give way to visible wrinkles and fine lines. When the muscles are unable to move as much, the skin can focus on repairing itself, and it’s no longer being worn down by large movements. Botox, when properly administered by a healthcare provider, can work wonders for the skin. The results take a bit to become noticeable, as the skin needs time to repair itself, but when you see how much smoother your skin looks, the wait will feel like no time at all. Botox results are not permanent. This is not a cure for wrinkles and fine lines, and nothing out there can permanently keep wrinkles at bay. But Botox can be repeated as needed, usually every several months, and with each session, the results can last a bit longer.

Is It Harmful to Have Botox After the Age of 65?

We all age differently, with some people seeing their first wrinkles and fine lines as early as their 20s. Whether you’re dealing with wrinkles in college or in retirement, Botox can help. But what age is too old for Botox?

Botox is intended for people 65 and under. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean that if you’re over 65, Botox is out of the question. As studies continue to research the question of cosmetic treatments after 65, it’s becoming more clear that it’s less an issue of age than it is overall health. Surgical procedures that require general anesthesia do indeed come with higher risk as we age. Face lifts and things like that can be risky at any age, but especially when you’re over 65.

Fortunately, Botox injections don’t call for anesthesia, and the body also doesn’t become more susceptible to Botulinum toxicity, meaning dosages don’t need to be adjusted depending on age. It’s ultimately up to you and your dermatologist to decide whether Botox is a good idea for you, and that’s true whether you’re 65 or 35. But if you’re a healthy person, chances are Botox can still be a viable anti-aging treatment regardless of your age.

With that said, results may not be as apparent in people over 65. While Botox is an incredible product that can slow the formation of fine lines, it does not halt aging. Eventually time catches up with us, and the deeper the wrinkles, the less of an impression Botox can really make. If you’ve been taking Botox regularly and are now over 65, odds are you’re totally fine to continue use; you should see results. If you’re over 65 and this is your first time with Botox, it may not be worth the relatively small risk. Fortunately, your dermatologist doesn’t just administer Botox without discussing and exploring your health and alternate options.


Ready to get serious about trying Botox or continuing it in your later years? Give the experts at Northeast Dermatology Associates a call today, and schedule a consultation to see if Botox is right for you right now.

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