BOTOX ® , short for botulinum toxin, is a neurotoxic protein used primarily in cosmetic dermatology to treat a range of facial imperfections such as wrinkles, crow's feet, frown lines and facial creases. As BOTOX ® becomes increasingly popular, it is important that candidacy for the treatment is carefully assessed.
The Ideal BOTOX ® Candidate
The ideal candidate for BOTOX ® treatment will:
- Be age appropriate (the general guidelines state that patients 18 to 65 can receive Botox)
- Have prior knowledge about the procedure (it is essential to seek out advice and information about the procedure before undergoing the treatment)
- Have a desire to improve appearance
- Have wrinkles, brow lines, frown lines, crow's feet, lip wrinkles, etc.
- Have good physical and psychological health
- Not engage in substance abuse
- Not have sustained problems with alcohol
- Not have neurological or cardiovascular diseases or disorders
- Not be diabetic
Candidates may be experiencing other medical conditions also treatable by BOTOX ® e.g. hyperhidrosis
The best way to assess if you are a good candidate for BOTOX ® is to visit a physician, dermatologist or plastic surgeon who will provide detailed information about the procedure and the treatment and who will assess you formally.