Is Botox Right for You?

Botox is the most popular minimally invasive cosmetic treatment in the United States. Its popularity comes from it being relatively inexpensive, not terribly painful and having no downtime for the patient. A Botox session is also brief and usually doesn't take longer than half an hour. Here are some reasons why you might consider it.

Do You Feel Unsatisfied with Your Appearance?

People might start thinking of Botox because they are beginning to see fine lines and wrinkles in their face, neck and even their hands that weren’t there the day before. A reputable skincare specialist might suggest that you try some other treatments such as oils or face masks before Botox. These are treatments you can put on and take off yourself, and they brighten and rejuvenate your face and leave you feeling refreshed without the discomforts of Botox. However, if you really have your heart set on Botox, use a medical professional. There are over 40 muscles in the face, and injecting the wrong one can lead from anything to unattractive sagging to paralysis that can affect your ability to swallow. We’ve all seen enough botched Botox jobs to avoid fly-by-night aestheticians. Find a reputable doctor; after all, you don't want to end up dealing with a medical error.

Do You Experience Frequent Migraine Headaches?

Before Botox was used for cosmetic purposes, it was used medicinally. Indeed, people started to have an idea that it could be used cosmetically when they found that the wrinkles around the eyes of rhesus monkeys smoothed out when they were injected with Botox. In their case, the Botox was used to correct their crossed eyes. It still is used to treat crossed eyes, or strabismus; cervical dystonia, or wry neck; overactive bladder and hyperhidrosis, which is excessive, embarrassing sweating. This is because Botox, made from a very dilute and purified form of the bacteria that causes botulism, paralyzes muscles. Doctors are now finding that Botox helps ease the pain of migraines because it calms the muscles in the patient’s head and neck. Muscle spasms are thought to cause the pain and other symptoms of migraine. So, if you have migraine headaches, Botox might be for you.

Have You Experienced Premature Aging?

Wrinkles and lines appear as aging skin loses its elasticity and its collagen and elastin start to diminish. Normally, this is gradual, but some people experience premature aging. This is the price they pay for being sun-worshippers without protecting their skin. It also happens to people who smoke, who drink too much or who are exposed to pollutants. For some people, it’s just their genetics. Premature aging might cause you to choose Botox to slow down the production of early wrinkles. But as with regular aging, first consider non-invasive treatments such as masks, serums, moisturizers and even drinking lots of fresh water before Botox. 

Botox has its place and has improved the looks of many people. There’s a reason that it’s so popular. But consider Botox with caution, and make sure to choose a practitioner who knows what they’re doing.


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