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Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Candidates

Botulinum Toxin (Botox) CandidatesBotulinum toxin type A, popularly known as Botox, is a widely accepted injection procedure to mitigate facial signs of aging for people who want to avoid cosmetic surgery. Botulinum toxin is a highly potent biological substance, and it is vital for a treatment provider to recommend this treatment only to the right candidates who can benefit from it.

A committed treatment provider will carefully evaluate the patient’s fitness to undergo Botox injections before going ahead with the procedure. Sometimes it may be a good idea to use Botox in combination with another non-invasive or surgical procedure to achieve comprehensive outcomes. Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides Botox to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding locations.



An appropriate candidate for Botox treatment will typically be a person in the age group of 18 to 65, who is in good physical health and does not have a history of neuromuscular disorders. The candidate should have a need to mitigate or eliminate mild to moderate facial wrinkles and fine lines with Botox, while being full aware of the potential risks it involves.

People who want to avoid facial plastic surgery due to various reasons can make good candidates for Botox, provided they are willing to accept a treatment with temporary results. The treatment may have to be repeated in the future for extended benefits. Busy mothers and working individuals are typically more inclined to choose Botox because it involves minimal to no downtime and has a much lesser risk of complications compared to a surgery.

Younger people who want to prevent the onset of facial aging signs or delay the appearance of more obvious wrinkles and lines can also be good candidates for Botox. A lot of candidates choose Botox just before a social function such as a wedding so that they can have a more youthful looking face in a public gathering.

If a patient suffers from deep facial folds or creases, such as nasolabial folds, they may not be the best candidates for Botox, and should instead choose soft tissue filler injections. Botox is more suited for people who have facial lines caused by overactive muscles, and not due to the loss of elasticity of the soft tissue and skin or loss of facial volume.

A fabulous Botox candidate will have a positive mindset, clear cosmetic goals and realistic expectations. They should clearly understand that the results with Botox may not be as sustainable or dramatic as facial surgery, and should instead focus on the subtle aesthetic enhancements and natural looking results that Botox can deliver.


Who should Avoid Botox?

People with one or more of the following conditions may not be suitable candidates for Botox:

  • Allergic to any of the Botox ingredients
  • Suffered side effects in the past from Botox or its variants
  • Suffering from an untreated skin infection in the injection area
  • Having a muscle or nerve disorder

Experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Q receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for Botox.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit

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