When You Beauty assigned this Botox for Beginners guide to me, I knew exactly who I wanted to interview: Dr. Doris Day, who owns a private practice in New York City and is a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the New York University Langone Medical Center. A few years ago, I went to her for a Botox consultation and she told me I didn’t need it. She actually sent me away and told me to come back in a year or two! Do you know how many doctors would have just stuck a needle in my forehead to make a few hundred dollars?! I was so impressed with her honesty and professionalism. And that’s exactly the kind of dermatologist you need to see if you’re considering Botox. My main takeaway from researching this story: Botox is very safe, but not all doctors are safe. The biggest risk when getting Botox is actually who’s injecting it into your face. If they put in too much, you’ll look frozen. If they inject it in the wrong place, you could look like Droopy. But if they do it just right, you could look 10 years younger and totally natural. If you’re contemplating Botox, look for a dermatologist who is board certified and make sure he does the procedure himself—not pass it off to his army of assistants. You should also ask how many times he’s performed Botox to get an idea of his experience. Another great tip: Check out how the dermatologist’s staff looks, because you know he’s injecting all of their faces. So if they look good, you probably will too. Of course, there are many other things to consider before getting Botox. So if you’re still a Botox virgin (like me!), then dive into my Botox for Beginners post right now.