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Here are things to look for and questions to ask when looking for the best Botox providers.

  1. 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
  2. How many years experience does the provider have?
  3. How frequently do they treat patients with Botox, and what kinds of Botox treatments do they deliver frequently?
  4. Do they have before and after photos of their own Botox results?
  5. 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)
  6. 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).