Am I A Good Candidate For Botox?

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Aging is a normal part of life, as are the side effects of aging. But wrinkles can affect your self-confidence and make you feel older than you are.

Luckily, there’s an easy way to treat your crow’s feet and forehead lines: Botox. Botox is an FDA approved injection that temporarily lessens facial lines by affecting the muscles underneath your skin.

But Botox isn’t for everyone. If you’re interested in Botox injections, you’ll need a full consultation to know for sure that Botox is right for you.

If you meet the following conditions, it likely means you’re a good candidate for Botox. Keep reading to learn if you may be right for Botox!

You are At Least 18

Most patients who receive Botox are older adults. Almost all of them easily meet this requirement. People of any age can have facial lines that they’re unsatisfied with, even people who are younger.

But to have Botox, you must be at least 18 years old, even if you have lines on your face you don’t like. 

You Are In Good Health

Before you have any sort of medical procedure, even a minor injection like Botox, it’s important to be in good health. If you have certain pre-existing conditions unrelated to your nerves or muscles, you may still be a good candidate for Botox as long as the condition isn’t severe.

Botox is not safe for patients with nerve or muscle damage from conditions like Multiple Sclerosis.

You Do Not Have Conflicting Facial Features or Conditions

There are a few facial features that may not be indicative of any health problems. These can make Botox injections unsafe or more detrimental to your facial lines than beneficial. Some of these features include:

  • Weak facial muscles
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Skin disorders
  • Deep facial scarring or very thick skin
  • Having a notably asymmetric face

Your Wrinkles are “Dynamic”

Dynamic wrinkles are the result of repeated facial gestures. These include laugh lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines.

Static wrinkles are usually the result of the decreased collagen elasticity that comes with age. These wrinkles are visible no matter what expression you’re making.

You can treat both kinds of wrinkles with Botox, but dynamic wrinkles are easier to deal with. This is especially true if they aren’t particularly severe.

Sometimes, very light static wrinkles can benefit from Botox. For the best results, Botox injections are made to treat dynamic wrinkles.

You Understand the Risks and Rewards of Botox

Botox is a non-invasive procedure, which also makes it low risk. But there are some risks involved even if a doctor finds that you’re a good candidate.

These risks can be minimized by choosing a reliable doctor to screen you before the injection and to administer the injection. Many of the risks associated with Botox are rare and none of them are life threatening.

Most involve a possible allergic reaction to the injection or encountering muscle weakness. Be sure to talk to your doctor about your full medical history as well as what medications you take.

This will allow them to make an informed determination on your candidacy. You should also discuss the possible risks of Botox with them so you can make an informed decision as well.

Also, keep in mind that Botox is a temporary treatment. The injection wears off after about four months.

Repeated injections are necessary if you want to maintain results. This does make Botox less of a commitment, as nothing obliges you to repeat injections.

Want to learn more about Botox? Request an appointment at Sierra Nevada Eye Center in Reno, NV now! If you want to look younger in 2021, why not find out if Botox could be right for you?