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Is it too late for Botox?

How old is too old for Botox? This is a question that many women and men ask. No matter how meticulously and thoroughly you look after your skin, there is likely to come a time as you approach 60 when the gradual breakdown of collagen—which starts at about age 25—has inevitably left you with some wrinkles to contend with. Can Botox do anything for you at this stage, or is it simply too late?

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Women in their 60s, 70s and beyond still want to look ‘fresher’ and a little less tired, without that rather overdone look that sometimes happens with more invasive cosmetic surgery.

Botox can offer an ideal way to improve what you already have, rather than completely transform your looks. However, you’ll need to manage your expectations. Botox—or any other tweakment, for that matter—isn't going to make a 60 year old look 30, but it will make a difference and help to slow down the formation of wrinkles. 

There is no upper age limit for having Botox—the toxin is equally functional however old you are. However, as you age, wrinkles become more set in and this lessens the effect that Botox has on your appearance. Accordingly, you will see a more noticeable change if you combine Botox with some other tweakments.

Skin pigmentation is one of the markers of age and brown pigmented marks or patches on your face can really affect the overall look of you skin, making you look much older than your are. Gentle lasers or peels are great ways of tackling pigmentation and restoring some of your skin's natural vitality.

Lost volume can be restored with small amounts of injectable hyaluronic acid filler to gently ‘plump’ out hollowing under the eyes, or on the cheeks while defining lips and the jawline. Or even injected in the temples, one of the areas where our faces really lose the underlying fat as we get older.

Ultherapy or Ultracel are non-invasive ultrasound systems that treat the underlying muscles of the face and can give a noticeable lift to the face with a minimal amount of discomfort.

However, it's really important to find a practitioner you can trust and to take their advice. As you look better and better, it's tempting to go on, so listen to your practitioner and try to find a close friend or family member who will also tell you the truth to ensure that you don't end up going too far.

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