Botox injections are commonly used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. They contain a toxin called onabotulinumtoxina that works to block certain chemical signals from nerves responsible for muscle contraction. Botox injections are also used to treat medical conditions such as cervical dystonia, eye twitching, hyperhidrosis, chronic migraines, bladder dysfunction, etc.
If you’re thinking about getting Botox, it’s essential to understand this procedure is not suitable for everyone. And age isn’t always a determinable factor to help in your decision to get Botox. So what are signs that you may or might be ready for Botox injections?
1. You noticed deep wrinkles when you make facial expressions
This type of wrinkles is known as dynamic rhytids. They tend to disappear when you’re no longer making any facial expressions. But if you already have those deep wrinkles remaining on your face when you’re no longer making facial expressions, you might try Botox. Although Botox injections might not be enough to absolutely eliminate static rhytids, they can at least reduce their appearance and prevent wrinkles from becoming deeper by minimizing muscle contraction in the treated areas.
2. You want to improve your facial symmetry
If your eyebrow is lower than the other, or you noticed that one side of your mouth raises while smiling or speaking, you might try botox injections. They will relax one of the sides and create a more symmetric appearance.
However, the procedure is temporary and if performed incorrectly, it won’t last much longer than Botox for wrinkles. Therefore, it’s essential to turn to a board-certified dermatologist who specializes in Botox injections.
3. You want to shrink or soften your jawline
People who suffer from teeth grinding or those who have enlarged masseter muscle have a good option – a masseter reduction procedure. In this procedure, a specialist uses Botox to soften the jawline.
Using Botox injections for the masseter to soften a square jaw is the most popular way to use Botox in Asia, especially in South Korea. A dermatologist who performs masseter reduction procedures must have a thorough understanding of the anatomy of the lower face and must be proficient in treating the lower face with Botox.
4. You have skin thinning and deep-set wrinkles
Deep-set wrinkles and skin thinning usually affects people in their late 30s or early 40s. But Botox injections can temporarily reduce the appearance of deep-set wrinkles, especially those furrows between your brow.
Specialists recommend performing the procedure around the time these wrinkles start to show up. But if you already have these deep wrinkles and your skin is significantly thinner, Botox injections alone are not sufficient.
5. You want to reduce the appearance of a “gummy smile”
A gummy smile is when upper teeth and gums show prominently while smiling or laughing. Botox injections can be used to lower the upper lip so that it covers more of the gum area. You will need one or two injections right below your nose in a carefully designated location, depending on your anatomy. The effects of Botox injections in this case typically last from months to years.
6. You suffer from excessive sweating
Botox has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of severe excessive sweating known as hyperhidrosis. In this procedure, a doctor will place multiple injections in the palms, armpits, or soles of the feet to prevent contraction of the muscles that expels the sweat. You won’t sweat in the treated areas for up to three to six months.
7. You suffer from severe migraines and nothing seems to help treat them
If you have severe migraines or tension headaches, you might consider Botox injections. They may reduce the frequency and severity of your headaches. Botox for headaches is also an FDA-approved treatment and it’s often covered by insurance if performed by a neurologist or headache specialist.