Here's the truth: Botox can be a teensy bit finicky when it comes to the process. It can only be distributed by registered or licensed medical practitioners, which means everything about the process should be handled caution and professionalism. If you're unsure of your eligibility for Botox, whether due to semantics or if it's what's suited to your needs, read on. Here's your "am I in the clear for Botox?" checklist:
You're of legal age. First thing's first, you have to be 18 or older to get cosmetic Botox treatments. There aren't any loopholes around this—sorry, underage teens! On the flipside, Botox is no longer approved for individuals aged 65 and above.
You have mild to moderate facial wrinkles or treatment areas that can be remedied with Botox. By this, we mean the typical areas where Botox is administered. Examples for this include general anti-wrinkle facial areas like forehead lines and frown lines, a neck lift, eyebrow lift, downturned mouth lift, smoker's lines treatment, facial slimming treatment, bunny smile treatment, gummy smile treatment, and hyperhidrosis treatment. If it's anything more drastic than this, say recessed skin or scarred skin, Botox probably isn't the best fit for you. Botox is more for treating dynamic wrinkles than static wrinkles. Check out dermal fillers, instead, or use a combination of both!
You're in good health. Botox treatments are both cosmetic and medical, which means you're going to need to check your medical history to check for any allergies or contraindications. Don't skimp on doing a background check on your own health record, and be mindful of substances your skin might be sensitive to. If possible, do skin tests, and if you experience any adverse reactions like itching, wheezing, developing a rash, red welts, dizziness and faintness, check in with your chosen practitioner. Apart from that, if you fall under these contraindications, it'd also be best to steer clear from Botox:
- If you're pregnant or breastfeeding
- If you have an infection or healing infection on your treatment area
- If you're currently suffering from any physical illness
- If you have a muscle or nerve condition, like ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) or myasthenia gravis
You have realistic expectations. This changes from person to person, but it's vital for you to do your research and temper your expectations. Once you've chosen your Botox practitioner, they're obliged to discuss post-treatment expectations with you, and you should be on the same wavelength. As miraculous as Botox seems (and can be!), it's not a permanent solution or an outright cure to your skin concerns. It's very much temporary, with treatments lasting anything from three to six months. It's not always that Botox can make your skin look immaculate when it comes to treating wrinkles, but again, this is a case-by-case basis. You have to reflect not only on your vision but what's healthy and sustainable for you.
If you think you're the right candidate for Botox, don't forget to take your time when it comes to researching for clinics and practitioner! Prioritize your health and safety, and take your time to find a place where you feel 100% comfortable, confident and secure.