Botox myths debunked
We've all heard of botulism by now — a rare but fatal illness caused by food contaminated with the botulinum toxin. While botulism does sound totally scary, Botox is completely safe.
Botox is a prescription medication made from the bacteria botulinum toxin type A, but it is produced and used safely. Botox temporarily freezes facial muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles, such as crow's feet and frown lines, for several months. Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments performed worldwide, and for good reasons, too. It's minimally invasive, produces fast results, and is safe and effective.
With so much buzz around Botox, it can be hard distinguishing fact from fiction. Dr. Will Kirby, celebrity dermatologist and Chief Medical Officer of LaserAway, dispels ten common myths about Botox:
1. Botox injections are painful
Most clients report that the feeling of getting a Botox injection is similar to vaccination: a few seconds of mild discomfort as the Botox enters the treatment sites. One reason why Botox is so well-tolerated pain-wise is that it uses a small aesthetic needle.
2. Botox will make you look frozen
A huge misconception is that Botox will make you look frozen. What this all boils down to is the skill of the medical professional administering your Botox injections. Always choose experienced medical professionals and ask to see samples of their work to avoid an unnatural look. Remember that, with most people who get Botox from a skilled medical professional, you can't even tell they've had injections because the results are so natural-looking.
3. Botox is dangerous
Botox has been used for over 20 years and is completely safe. In fact, it's FDA approved, which means that Botox has been proven to be safe and effective when it comes to treating fine lines and wrinkles.
4. If you stop getting Botox, your wrinkles will get worse
Once you stop using Botox, your wrinkles and fine lines will return to how they appeared before. This is because the underlying muscles will regain their normal movement as the Botox wears off.
5. Botox is only used for cosmetic reasons
Botox is used to treat fine lines and wrinkles and lift eyebrows, treat dimpling of the chin, soften the jawline, and raise corners of the mouth that have begun to droop. But, Botox can also be used therapeutically to treat medical conditions, such as migraines, bladder issues, eye spasms, and excessive sweating.
6. Botox is addictive
Botox is not chemically addictive, so you can't get physically addicted to Botox. But, there is a psychological component — when you look good, you feel good. While you can stop using Botox at any time, many people continue with Botox treatments because it increases their self-esteem and self-confidence.
7. Botox is botulism
Yes and no. Botox is a derivative of botulinum toxin and is made specifically from the botulinum toxin type A but in a completely safe way. So, while there is a connection between Botox and deadly botulism, they are not the same.
8. You build up a tolerance to Botox
The opposite is actually true. Because Botox weakens muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles, with continued use, you'll find that you actually need less Botox and you can go longer between treatments. This is since the muscles atrophy over time.
9. Botox is only for older people
Botox can actually be used as a preventative method. It's becoming increasingly popular for people in their 20s and 30s to receive Botox injections. Why? Because if you start Botox early enough, you're able to atrophy the facial muscles, weakening them, which prevents dynamic wrinkles from forming.
10. Only plastic surgeons and dermatologists can inject Botox
Most Botox injections in the United States are actually administered by physician extenders, also known as allied healthcare professionals, clinicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses. Any medical treatment, including the quality and outcome, will be determined by the experience and skill of the injector not whether they have an MD or not.
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