Does Botox make sense for you?

Posted on September 14, 2011 by Dr Elenora Fedoneko

Botox has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of several conditions:

— Smoothing of facial lines and wrinkles
— Heavy sweating
— Migraine headaches
— Muscle spasms
— Chronic pain
— Jaw tension

According to the FDA, ideal candidates for Botox treatment are between the ages of 18 and 65. Additionally, you should have a good understanding of the procedure and be aware of possible risks and complications. You should be prepared to have regular follow-up treatments and commit to your appointments for the best possible results. It’s important to discuss your goals and expectations for the procedure with your doctor to be sure that your hopes are in line with what Botox can achieve.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should not receive Botox. Additionally, people with certain neurological conditions are not good candidates. If you have a neurological condition, your doctor can tell you whether Botox is right for you.

Botox can help with the following types of facial wrinkles:

— Forehead creases
— Frown lines that appear between the eyebrows
— Crow’s feet
— Vertical lines that appear around the mouth, sometimes called “parentheses”

If the wrinkles you wish to treat do not fall into these categories, discuss with your doctor whether Botox will be helpful for you, as some types of wrinkles cannot be treated with Botox.

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