Are you getting older? Have you noticed changes in your skin, including wrinkles and thinning? You might be asking yourself “should I get Botox?” If you’re unsure, this guide will identify 9 signs that you’re ready for Botox. Botox isn’t just for fine lines or wrinkles anymore either. It has also been found by ophthalmologists to treat blepharospasms, reduce migraines and excessive sweating and has been approved by the FDA as a treatment for chronic migraines. Keep reading for some signs that will let you know that you’re ready and help you make an informed decision on Botox.
What is Botox?
Botox is becoming more and more popular. Often used among older people to smooth wrinkles, it’s becoming popular with a younger crowd. In 2017 alone, more than 7 million Botox procedures were performed in the U.S. Not only is Botox being used more by younger people, more and more males are also seeking these procedures.
Botox is one brand name for botulinum toxin. Other brand names include Dysport and Xeomin. They all work the same, though.
Botulinum toxin is a poison secreted by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. It comes in a powder form and doctors dilute it with saline to make into an injectable. The saline also waters it down to remove any harmful properties.
Your doctor will then inject the Botox into the affected areas. It moves beyond the dermis and into the desired muscle and then blocks the nerves there.
When your brain may fire a signal for your body to move a specific muscle, Botox blocks it and keeps the muscle from moving. This allows the wrinkles to relax and soften. It also prevents new wrinkles from forming.
Here are the 9 signs that you are ready for Botox®
For most people, the first signs of aging start to show up when they’re in their 30s. Some people might see signs of aging earlier and some might see them later, so it really just depends on the person.
If you find you are starting to see the signs of aging and aren’t satisfied with your appearance, you might be ready to treat your wrinkles with Botox. Don’t let age be the only deciding factor on getting Botox; only you can know when you’re ready and want to improve your appearance with this procedure.
2. Frown Lines
Frown lines are often one of the first signs of aging that emerges as you are getting older. Frown lines are the vertical lines that appear between your eyebrows and Botox is the perfect treatment for them.
Botox can relax the muscles that create the frown expression and the accompanying lines. The earlier you start Botox treatments, the quicker the lines will fade.
3. Forehead Lines
If you are someone who regularly has facial expressions where your forehead is wrinkled, you also might notice that you get forehead lines as an early sign of aging. Botox can smooth out your forehead, eliminating the wrinkles and giving you a younger look.
4. Fine Lines
Do you have fine lines around the corners of your eyes? These are often referred to as crow’s feet and they become more noticeable when you smile or make facial expressions.
If you see these lines, Botox may be right for you to soften them.
5. Skin Thinning
If you’ve noticed that your skin is thinning as you age, Botox can also help address that. In addition, Botox could help you thin your face, creating a more contoured facial structure.
6. You Want to Reduce your Gummy Smile
If you’re unhappy with your smile because your upper teeth and gums show extensively when you smile or laugh, Botox could be right for you. It lowers your upper lips, effectively covering more of the gum area.
7. You Want to Shrink or Soften Your Jawline
Some people have a fuller masseter muscle, which is used to chew and also to grind your teeth. If you are a teeth grinder, the muscle may even be enlarged.
Botox can be used to soften your jawline and create a more elongated face that is less of a square and more oval-shaped or heart-shaped.
8. You Sweat Excessively
One of the lesser known uses of Botox is to treat excessive sweating. Injections in your armpits, palms, and soles of your feet work to prevent contraction of the muscles that express sweat. Botox relaxes these muscles and limits their ability to contract, so you do not sweat in these areas and this can last up to 3 to 6 months.
9. You Want to Get Rid of Migraines
If you experience chronic migraines (defined as having headaches on 15 or more days per month), you can use Botox to treat them. To treat migraines, Botox injections are given in the skull, temples, and forehead to reduce the severity and frequency of the migraines.
The Botox blocks the release of chemicals involved in the transmission of pain. You typically need to have multiple treatments to see the effectiveness of Botox for migraines.
Botox for migraines also can benefit you by reducing wrinkles and smoothing your skin, in addition to the reduction in migraine frequency and intensity.
Should I Get Botox?
Botox can help in many ways, not just reducing wrinkles or fine lines. There are significant benefits of Botox for other situations as well, including migraines and excessive sweating.
If you have been on the fence about Botox, contact us to see if you are a good candidate and how we can help you and to answer the burning question of “should I get Botox?”