Pesky forehead and facial fine lines usually start out as easy to camouflage with makeup. But as we age, some of us begin to feel like those lines aren’t quite as faint as they used to be and prominently display our age and stress for the world to see. At this stage you may be contemplating the pros and cons of Botox including how to ensure the natural look of your face as well as the future maintenance of beginning something you likely won’t want to stop. How do you know if you are ready for Botox?

Expression lines that refuse to fade may indicate the perfect time to start a Botox discussion. Although wrinkles add character, not everyone wants a permanent reminder of their emotions all over their face. As one of the most effective and well-known wrinkle treatments on the market, Botox treats aesthetic conditions such as fine lines, crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles and the 11 lines that form between the eyebrows as well as medical treatments for migraines, teeth grinding and excessive sweating. Botox can also be used as a preventative measure before the effects of aging set in.

Botox is the brand name for botulinum toxin, a chemical that blocks the neurotransmitter called acetylcholine causing a paralysis to the muscle in which it is injected. In small doses, Botox injections reduce the wrinkling of the skin that leaves behind lines on the skin causing a smoothness to the area. There are 5 key ways to know that you are ready for Botox: 1. You see fine lines appear on your face. 2. You want to improve facial symmetry. 3. You want to soften the jawline. 4. You want to look refreshed or rejuvenated especially before a big event. 5. You are willing to invest in regular Botox treatment. Surprising to many, age is not a barometer in which to gauge whether you are ready for Botox. A combination of the emotional effect you will receive with a wrinkle-free face and the ability to avoid repeated treatments for long term efficacy. Likewise, there are some reasons that may exclude a patient from being an ideal candidate for receiving Botox treatments. These include heavy brows (which may require an eyebrow lift versus Botox injections), super-aged skin (deeper set or static wrinkles may not respond to Botox, dermal filler, lasers or a facelift may offer a better solution), those who have a muscle-related disorder and if you have unrealistic expectations. Botox generally lasts only 3 months or so and works best on the upper face where muscles are close to the overlying skin. Those who are looking to tighten sagging skin or contour their cheeks will find other aesthetic treatments options more beneficial.

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