One of the most common questions I get from patients is when they should start doing preventative procedures. People worry about starting too soon or too late, but the reality is that we start aging the moment we're born. Even babies should be protected from UV damage with protective clothing, hats, and mineral-based sunblocks.
Teenagers often suffer from acne, so starting topical retinoids not only helps their acne, but has the preventative benefit of stimulating collagen, as well. At this age, starting photofacials or IPLs not only will help one's acne, but studies have shown that after just 3 IPL treatments gene expression of aged skin changed to resemble that of younger skin. It's not just the skin that's aging.
Facial bone loss has been found to start at the age of 25 in women, and women over 35 have significantly less bone than in younger women. In addition, bone loss exponentially increases with menopause as a result of a decrease in estrogen. With less bone, facial muscles are trying to contract onto bone that is no longer there, which results in the appearance of frown lines, forehead lines, and crows feet. These lines start off with expressions, and with time progress to being deep lines noticeable at rest, at which time neuromodulators such as Botox®, Dysport® or Xeomin® may be too late to be fully effective.
For this reason, patients as early as their late 20's can consider preventative measures such as neuromodulators. Remember, it's never too early to speak to your board-certified dermatologist to see what you can be doing to anti-age. Contact us today!