womans-face-after-botoxHave you been thinking long and hard about getting BOTOX®? Maybe you’ve had back and forth conversations with yourself. Do you feel natural about your beauty aesthetic? Might you feel judged if anyone finds out you’ve used an injectable? When it comes down to it, you have to be comfortable and confident and know exactly why you’re making the choice to get BOTOX®. Is it purely about aesthetics? Is there something deeper going on? Make sure to ask yourself these questions and discuss them with Dr. Barbara Bell. It’s all about research and education. Here are few things to consider:

1. Find a provider whose aesthetic and philosophy you align with

If you’ve been contemplating BOTOX® for months and haven’t yet taken the plunge, it may be that you simply haven’t met the person whose philosophy you feel comfortable with. We want you to feel comfortable and relaxed in our hands.

2. Learn about the science of aging

Be an educated consumer. Decide what purpose you are doing this for? Are you interested in injections to look good for an event coming up? Is it purely preventative? Are you trying to fix one thing that bothers you? Or multiple things? For example, does your skin bother you, or does your skin and brow asymmetry seem to be what’s troubling you? So many things can be helped with proper skincare. You should make note of that before deciding to get injected. Have you talked to Dr. Barbara Bell or a dermatologist about your skin first? Are you happy with the products you’ve been using? All of these are helpful questions to address before making an appointment. Also, take your facial bones into account. Have certain parts of your face aged faster than other places?

3. Know your top priorities and treatment goals

Imagine you had to pick one treatment to do that very day—what would it be? It can be overwhelming to walk in and try to change a ton of things about your face. Instead, pick your top priority and start with that. Of course, it’s important to discuss everything with Dr. Barbara Bell so we can weigh in on what we think and may be able to do for you.

4. Look to your family members to see how you may age

Everyone is going to age differently, but family and genetics plays a lot into that. If you can see how your mother, father, or grandmother aged, it can help determine what some of your priorities should be.

5. Be realistic about what treatments and upkeep you are willing to do

This all comes down to you as an individual and your expectations. If you want to look refreshed, maybe that means coming in two to three times a year and getting a BOTOX® routine. Think long-term—how will this help in five to 10 years? It’s not about a quick fix. It’s about your genetics and your bones. It’s science. If there’s a way to feel and look better (and you have the means to do so)—why not?


BOTOX® Cosmetic has many approved uses. Barbara Bell DDS, PA specifically uses BOTOX® as a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe forehead lines, crow’s feet lines, frown lines between the eyebrows in adults, and lines around the lips.