Am I a Candidate for Botox?

Botox is one of the most well-known forms of all of the minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. It is also sometimes known as an injectable due to the method with which it is administered. Botox is a neurotoxin that works by temporarily blocking the chemical messages that are sent from the nerves to the muscles, preventing them from contracting and instead of keeping them relaxed and smooth. This prevents the overlying skin from contracting too, making it much harder for wrinkles and lines to form when you make facial expressions. Instead, the skin looks smoother, giving you the appearance of someone younger.


Botox is predominantly used in the top half of the face, particularly around the eyes, between the eyebrows, and on the forehead. However, it can also be used to address the creases that run between the nose and mouth, and to improve the prominence of the upper lip. Botox requires no downtime, produces immediate, albeit temporary results, and is affordable for the vast majority of patients. Although extremely popular and widely available, not everyone is a suitable candidate for the treatment.


Here is what you need to know about what makes someone a good candidate for Botox.


You Should Be in Good General Health


Your Botox provider will ask you some questions about your general health and wellbeing to make sure that you are fit and healthy enough for treatment, and you must answer these as comprehensively as you can. This is because there are some conditions where patients are not good candidates for the injectable. For example, Botox isn’t considered suitable for people who have a history of nerve damage, or who suffer from a muscle condition such as Multiple Sclerosis or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.


Your Age Plays a Role in How Successful Botox is Likely to Be


Sadly, the older someone is, the less likely their skin is to respond to a treatment like Botox. Instead, they may require more significant treatment such as a facelift. Botox is considered to work best in people aged under 50 years old. It is also important to be aware that Botox is not FDA-approved to be used by people over the age of 65. You should also be over 18.


You May Need an Allergy Test if You Have Sensitive Skin


Although people aren’t generally allergic to Botox, if you have particularly sensitive skin you will be asked to undergo an allergy test before you have treatment.


Pregnant or Nursing? You’ll Need to Wait


Botox isn’t safe to be used by people who are pregnant or nursing.


You Have Dynamic Wrinkles and Lines


The term dynamic means that your wrinkles and lines are a result of you using expressive muscles in your face, such as when you laugh or frown. Botox can be successfully used to stop the muscles and therefore the overlying skin moving to create dynamic lines and wrinkles. However, it is not effective when the signs of aging are static and present even when your face is relaxed.


You’ll Need Realistic Expectations for The Outcome of Your Treatment


Botox can significantly reduce some of the signs of aging, create smoother, younger-looking skin, and improve your confidence in your appearance. However, the effects are more subtle than a more invasive treatment such as a facelift, and the results are only temporary. This makes Botox a great affordable treatment for people who are starting to experience the early effects of the aging process and would like to delay them a little longer! Your Botox provider will want to make sure that you understand what your results are likely to be and that you have realistic expectations for your treatment.


Find out if you are a good candidate for Botox, contact Smile Center Ohio in Delaware (740) 306-0099 or Worthington, OH (614) 350-7446.