Here are things to look for and questions to ask when looking for the best Botox providers.
- Does the provider have medical expertise in facial anatomy? These specialists take hundreds of hours of facial anatomy courses to earn their degrees and board certifications: facial plastic surgery, oculoplastic surgery, dentists, dermatologists
- How many years experience does the provider have?
- How frequently do they treat patients with Botox, and what kinds of Botox treatments do they deliver frequently?
- Do they have before and after photos of their own Botox results?
- What are the most common side effects their patients experience? Side effects do vary from patient to patient. The most common are bruising, a heavy feeling usually on the forehead, and heavy eyebrows or inability to open eyes super wide for a few weeks. Less frequent side effects could include raised eyebrow (“spock eyebrow”), droopy eyelid, facial asymmetries, to name a few. Some of these side effects can be treated with a few more units of Botox, while others you have to wait out before they subside. (e.g. – with a droopy lid, you can overwork the lid muscles and the lid droop will usually wear off relatively quickly)
- Make sure your provider has your accurate medical history. There are medical contraindications to Botox including Myasthenia Gravis, Eaton-Lambert syndrome, ALS, and pregnancy or breast feeding women (it is not known if Botox can affect pregnancy or breast feeding).