5 Things to Consider Before Saying Yes to Botox

04/25/2016 01:10 pm ET Updated Apr 23, 2017

As we grow older and notice the signs of skin aging evident in our bodies especially in our faces, we can't help but think of ways to eliminate the fine lines and wrinkles we see. And since Botox is becoming famous because of the wonders it has provided over the years, you might have thought whether the appearance-enhancing procedure is worth it. I'm all for looking good and feeling fabulous about your physical appearance whichever way you want to achieve it but before you take the plunge, here are five important things you should definitely give your thoughtful consideration.

1. Credentials and qualifications of the person administering the injection

Since Botox is not a major medical procedure, there are a number of professionals who can administer it. Some even have these injections done at home. Regardless of where you get the procedure done on you, it's important to verify the credentials and qualifications of the professional who's going to do the procedure. Be sure that they know what they're doing and that they're certified to do it. It's a no-brainer but many still make the mistake of having someone unskilled and unqualified do it resulting to horrible results.

2. Your health

If you have a medical condition related to nerve and muscle problems like multiple sclerosis and neuromuscular disorders, your chances of being a candidate for Botox is slim. This is the same case with those who have had facial infections in the past. So when the Botox professional assess you, be sure to answer all questions as possible as their recommendation will heavily rely on the medical information you provide them. More importantly, if you're pregnant or breastfeeding your child, tell them as it's never recommended to expecting and nursing mothers.

3. Risk factors

Some patients who have had Botox experienced headache, nausea, redness, bruising, facial drooping, trouble with speaking and swallowing, and difficulty breathing. That doesn't mean these things will also happen to you when you receive Botox injections. However, it will help to be prepared of the risks involved not only physically but mentally and emotionally before you decide to give Botox injections a go.

4. Results

Ask the Botox professional for before and after photos of patients they've done the procedure on in the past so you can see how they looked after. This would help you decide whether you'll proceed with the procedure or not. Nobody wants to look like plastic afterwards. You want to achieve a natural look as much as possible. So if you're not satisfied with the results you've seen on other patients, search for another professional and experienced provider. Never settle into anything less or rush having the procedure done. You'll regret it later.

5. Upkeep

The beautiful effects of Botox aren't permanent. You'll have to get the injections every three months or as advised by the Botox practitioner. For this reason, consider whether you'll have the time to set aside for appointments and the money to pay for the procedure. It's an investment you make for yourself so give it careful thought before you decide.

Asking questions about Botox is necessary to help you make an informed decision. If you've done your homework, given Botox enough thought and you believe the procedure is for you, go for it. What matters most is that your heart is fully in it and that you seek the help of a qualified professional to achieve youthful looking skin.