Botox remains one of the most popular treatment options in the area of cosmetic surgery. It helps reduce fine lines, crow’s feet, “puppet” lines on either side of the mouth, wrinkles and those deep creases at the upper bridge of the nose. Botox is also used as a medical treatment for those suffering from excessive sweating (like the palms of the hands or soles of the feet), migraines, and teeth grinding. Many young adults are turning to Botox to help reduce the external signs of ageing.

How Botox Works

Botox is a neurotoxin derived from a bacterium. It is a common element in soil, lakes, and forests. If overexposed, the bacterium can be toxic, causing botulism, which is life-threatening. However, Botox treatments that a trained medical professional administers are perfectly safe. These professionals are trained and knowledgeable about the dosage and sites of injection.

Botox comes to the doctor’s office as a powder, which is mixed with saline solution.  Its injection into specific areas will weaken that muscle in order to reduce the wrinkles. This weakened muscle doesn’t move as much, if at all. The muscle movement is what causes wrinkles.

Most people wait until wrinkles have developed. Then they come in for a Botox injection. Some people prefer to be proactive and seek attention before the creases start to form. In that case, Botox restricts the use of the designated muscles and essentially prevents wrinkles from ever developing or at least delays. Use of preventative Botox in the forehead and glabellar area prevents those deep lines that make a person look older and tired. This is also an area that is more difficult to treat once those lines start to form.

Appropriate Age

There are no rules about what is a good age to start having Botox treatments. To a great extent, it is a personal preference. 

Botox is approved for use in patients 18 years of age and older. Some clinics treat people in their 20s and 30s with preventative Botox treatments.

To decide if you are an appropriate candidate for preventative Botox, you should visit a doctor specializing in Botox treatments. He or she will be able to determine your need by looking at your face and asking you to make some expressions. You may want to bring along some snapshots of family members, so the doctor has some points of reference.

Preventative Botox is a process that keeps the muscles weakened. This means the treatments will last longer, and you will not need to increase the dosage over time. The Botox does not last forever, but it is an effective measure against the appearance of ageing.


It is possible to use too much Botox. This will cause your muscles to atrophy or shrivel and will actually make you look older. 

Also, Botox is not appropriate for all wrinkles. If the wrinkles are caused by sun damage or an unhealthy lifestyle, Botox will not be effective.

Getting it done

Preventative Botox can be used as part of a healthy life that includes good nutrition, exercise, and proper medical intervention when necessary. If you think the time has come for preventative botox, contact Botox Ottawa Downtown and talk to one of their experts. They can answer all your questions and advise you on each treatment method.