Choosing the Right Cosmetic Procedures

4 Things To Consider Before Getting Botox

Botox is an injectable neurotoxin also known as Botulinum toxin. It's injected into the face or the neck to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. It can also be used for other health benefits such as to treat migraines or to treat bruxism (teeth grinding/clenching). If you're looking to get botox for either vanity or health reasons, there are a few things to consider. Read on for a few of these things.

1. Who Should Administer Botox?

Just because the physician is certified to administer the botox doesn't mean they are going to give you good results. Find a reputable plastic surgeon to administer your botox. Ask for references from the plastic surgeon such as before and after photos. Ask friends that have gotten botox treatments for a reference to a plastic surgeon, or you can even ask your own personal physician for a recommendation.

2. What Type Of Look Do You Want?

There are different ways to inject your botox depending on the look you want. If you want a more natural look, baby botox may be the preferred type of injections you want. Baby botox means just a small amount of botox is being injected, and it isn't injected all the way into the muscle. This way you still have control of the muscle movement in your face. The lines may still be there as well, they just aren't as deep. A full dose of botox injected into the muscle may cause your face to appear frozen, which some people may prefer. Talk to your plastic surgeon about which type of look you are going for.

3. How Does Botox Work And How Long Does It Last?

Botox is injected in the muscles of the face and neck, which will not move as the nerves are no longer receiving the signal to move. It can help improve lines in the face such as laugh lines, crows feet, as well as neck and forehead lines. Botox typically lasts about 4 months for full botox injections, and only about 2 - 3 months for baby botox treatments.

4. How Much Does Botox Cost?

Botox can sometimes be expensive depending on how many injections you are getting. Your insurance carrier may pay for a portion of the procedure if you are using it for medical purposes such as for bruxism or migraines. Call your insurance carrier to discuss your plan coverage.

Botox is a very safe way to make you look and even feel younger, even if it's only temporary. If you're thinking of getting botox, make an appointment with a plastic surgeon to see if botox is right for you.