Cosmetic surgeon says women should be getting Botox to PREVENT wrinkles – and reveals the ‘magic’ age to start getting treatments

With a seemingly endless range of options available to Australian women in order to preserve their youth, an ever-increasing number are turning to Botox.

Now, one Sydney-based cosmetic physician has revealed the best age to think about starting a relationship with injectables – and it’s long before most wrinkles even start to set in.

Dr Phoebe Jones, who has worked as both a clinician and a researcher, said she is often asked by patients of the ‘magic number’, or when they should start anti-wrinkle procedures.

‘If I had to put an age on it, I would say around 27. This is the age when we start to lose collagen and elasticity in the skin,’ Dr Jones said.

Ideally, the treatment should be first done as a preventative measure in a bid to deter deeper set lines making an appearance later down the track.

‘For the majority of people, starting smaller doses of anti-wrinkle injections in their late 20’s or early 30’s is ideal for preventative purposes,’ she said.

‘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 20’s or early 30’s rather than hold off until their 40’s or 50’s.’

However, she’s also adamant that each person’s skincare should be approached on a case-by-case basis as signs of ageing often appear with no cohesive warnings.

‘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,’ she said.

‘For example, people with overly expressive faces may start a little earlier than their late 20’s,’ Dr Jones said.

‘Additionally, lifestyle factors including the time spent in the sun without protection and smoking can really speed up the skins ageing process.’

In the lead up to Christmas, over 100,000 Australians are expected to go under the knife before the party season.

Originally published in the Daily Mail on 23 November 2018.