When you see signs of aging, you may think only surgery, like a facelift, can remove them. However, you have many non-surgical options to reduce wrinkles. One way to get a facelift without surgery is Botox. Botox reduces wrinkles by using a derivative of a substance called botulinum toxin that temporarily freezes the face muscles, but not everyone makes a good candidate. Learn if Botox is right for you by answering the following questions.
Botox isn’t surgery, but a candidate still has to be in good overall health. You should not have thick scars, skin conditions on the treatment area, droopy eye lids, or weakness in the targeted area. Inform your provider of any medical conditions you have and medicine or supplements you take. You may be asked to stop smoking and taking certain medication, such as blood thinners, to decrease your risk of bruising. If you have sensitive skin, it is advised to undergo an allergy test to ensure the chemicals will not cause an adverse reaction.
Botox is formulated to reduce dynamic wrinkles which develop from making repeated facial movements, such as raising your eyebrows or smiling. Static wrinkles occur from collagen loss and skin elasticity, and they are always visible. Crow’s feet, neck bands, and forehead wrinkles are examples of dynamic wrinkles. Botox does little to help deep set wrinkles or sings of aging caused by excessive sun exposure.
Botox is less likely to be effective on patients older than 65, and the FDA has not approved it for use beyond that age group. The typical age range is 18-65 with the average age of 30. Candidates less than 18 do not usually have a need for this treatment unless there is a medical cause. In some cases, starting Botox in your 20s can be a preventative measure.
Botox can make you look better, but you should not expect it to make you look 20 again. The time it takes to see results varies among individuals. You could see results in three to seven days with the average maximum time of two weeks for final results, so keep that in mind for upcoming events, or if you work in professions that require facial movement. Since Botox is not permanent, you often need multiple injections spaced at intervals. You may notice wrinkles start to form again, but these won’t be as prominent.
It is important that you choose a good provider. Your provider should be certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and review all of your medical history. They will not hesitate to show you before and after pictures of past clients.
When you are ready to get Botox, consider contacting Dr. Patrick Basile, M.D. They will give the most natural-looking outcome using the most recent technology in a friendly environment. Give us a call today or fill out our online form.