One of the most common cosmetic procedures today is Botox injections. While those getting their initial injections are getting younger, many women and men, wonder when Botox should be seriously considered. Here are some questions to ask yourself.

Are your wrinkles deeply set?

As the skin starts to thin, wrinkles set more deeply, meaning they don’t disappear when the face is resting. Botox does not completely erase lines and wrinkles; it temporarily reduces their appearance. For most people, this begins in their late 30s or early 40s. If the skin is too thin, a small injection may not work as well.

Do you have heavy eyelids?

People who have a heavy brow that makes the eyelids heavy should be careful using Botox. When the eyelids close involuntarily, having injections can make their face look weird. A doctor should do a thorough examination of potential problems before just injecting Botox into the face.

Are you looking for symmetry?

Botox can provide a more symmetrical look to the face by evening out eyebrows or helping the mouth raise evenly. This type of effect lasts longer than for wrinkles and fine lines. Be sure to bring up any unsymmetrical aspects of your face. It can also help reduce the number of gums shown when smiling.

Are you looking for a dramatic change?

If you are seeking a dramatic change to your appearance, Botox is not the answer. The easing, not erasing, of lines and wrinkles, is temporary. Injections often only last up to three months. This can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and slow down their progression a bit, but it is not a miraculous treatment that makes you look 20 years younger. It can make you look more rested though. One study in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology found that since Botox prevents frowning, those who had the injections tended to be happier.

Want a cheap solution to wrinkles?

Since Botox doesn’t last more than a few months, the costs can add up quickly. Most treatments require multiple injections and therefore more than a patient wants to spend to get the desired results. While there are off-brand names, you should talk to your doctor about what your options and costs will be before committing.

Do you have any muscle disorders?

If you have any underlying neuromuscular disorder, Botox is not recommended. While people who have nerve injuries or disorders can see improvement, it is best to disclose your entire health history to your doctor during a consultation appointment.

Are you pregnant or nursing?

For women who are pregnant or nursing, Botox is discouraged. It is believed that Botox stays localized to the injection site and should be safe, but there hasn’t been enough research done to say for sure that it does not affect a fetus in the womb or pass through breastmilk to a nursing baby.

Do you suffer from migraines or excessive sweating?

Botox injections have been shown to provide relief to both conditions. For migraines and tension headaches, injections are placed in the back of the skull and forehead to reduce the severity and frequency of headaches. For excessive sweaters, injections are placed in the sweaty areas of the body; armpits, palms, feet. It prevents the glands from sweating, which means you might sweat more in other areas instead. The injections for both conditions are FDA-approved and may be covered by health insurance.

Talk to a Doctor

If you have read through these questions and feel comfortable going forward, consider consulting a doctor. They can walk you through their exact Botox treatment process, so you know more of what to expect. Before your consultation, prepare a list of questions and make sure you feel comfortable.