Who Is a Candidate for Botox®?

For certain signs of aging, Botox® and other cosmetic injectables seem like a dream come true. You can get these treatments in a matter of minutes with no downtime afterward. And you leave your appointment looking years younger. 

So why doesn’t everyone get Botox? There are a few reasons. First, not everyone is a candidate for Botox due to health reasons. Secondly, many people don’t understand how quick and convenient this wrinkle-smoothing solution can be. Finally, Botox doesn’t work for all wrinkles.

If you’re confused, don’t worry. Nikunj Patel, MD, FACC, and our team at Neosculpt Laser Vein & Cosmetic Surgery Center can help you understand Botox and determine when it’s the right option for you. We can pair it with other cosmetic injectables to treat other wrinkle types, too, ultimately helping you arrive at your cosmetic goals.

But to get right to the point, good candidates for Botox aren’t precluded due to a health condition, have dynamic wrinkles, and understand the treatment. Let’s look at each of those things separately.

Health conditions and Botox

There are only a couple of health conditions that mean you should steer clear of Botox. They are:

If you’re not sure if you should get Botox — say you just stopped breastfeeding, for example — talk to Dr. Patel. He can let you know if it’s an option for you.

The right kind of wrinkles

Next, it’s helpful to understand that Botox treats a specific type of wrinkles called dynamic wrinkles. These are the wrinkles that develop as a result of repeated facial expressions. The lines on your forehead or between your brows are dynamic wrinkles, for example. 

Botox works by temporarily freezing the muscle causing that dynamic wrinkle. That makes it extremely effective on the upper half of your face, but less so on the lower portion of your face. There, wrinkles are caused by volume loss, not muscular movement. Fortunately, we offer dermal fillers to smooth those wrinkles. 

In other words, cosmetic injectables can treat virtually any type of wrinkle on your face. It’s a matter of identifying which treatment you need for which wrinkle. Dr. Patel can help you develop a treatment program to smooth any lines that are bothering you. 

Knowing what to expect with Botox

The vast majority of people who think about Botox but don’t end up getting it aren’t pregnant or dealing with the wrong kind of wrinkles. They just think that getting Botox will be a much more involved process than it is. 

Actually, though, we call Botox a lunchtime procedure because you can get your treatment in just a few minutes and continue on with your day right afterward. The results last for months and whenever you’re ready, you can pop back in for newly smoothed skin.

Are you curious about Botox? To find out if you’re a candidate, don’t hesitate to set up a consultation with us by calling Neosculpt Laser Vein & Cosmetic Surgery Center or requesting your appointment online today. 

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