Botox Myths and Misconceptions: Debunked
So, you have been thinking about getting botox. You’ve heard both success stories and stories of complications and unfavorable results, and you don’t know what to believe. Considering that so much information is available about this type of treatment, it can be overwhelming to figure out what is true and what you can’t believe.
To provide clarity for the situation, here we have debunked some common Botox myths and misconceptions.
Myth: Botox is a toxic chemical
This is untrue. Botox is considered a neurotoxin, which is why you may think it is negative. It is derived from the organic matter Clostridium botulinum, which can be found in nature and is not harmful. In fact, Botox has been researched for more than 100 years and has been approved by the FDA for decades to treat patients with multiple different symptoms.
Myth: A Botox injection will create a frozen, unnatural look
Yes, if you overuse Botox, it can potentially create a frozen facial look. But when you use it in moderation, Botox will relax the muscles in your face to actually create a well-rested, bright, and natural look. To achieve this, your board-certified plastic surgeon will strategically target specific muscle groups to prevent negative expressions and the downward muscle pull that creates frown lines, crow feet, and furrow lines on the forehead.
Myth: Botox will accumulate in the body after a while
Botox will not accumulate in the body, no matter how often you use it. This is because the nerve impulses regenerate themselves after about three to four months. This is why re-treatment is required. You’ll need to reposition the muscles periodically to achieve your desired look.
It is important to note that because your muscles are constantly changing, a Botox treatment is not permanent. Most patients decide to get more treatments every three to six months.
Myth: Botox can only be used on the face
This is untrue. There are plenty of different uses for Botox injections. Botox has been used to stop excessive underarm sweating, muscle spasms, chronic migraines, overactive bladder, and upper limb spasticity, to name a few. So while it can be used to alter your appearance, Botox can help you feel and look your best in multiple other ways.
Myth: Botox is the end-all solution to facial wrinkles
Unfortunately, Botox is not the end-all solution to getting rid of wrinkles. As with any other plastic surgery and medical procedure, the results are not guaranteed and can change because of a variety of different factors.
Botox is meant to treat dynamic wrinkles, which are created by facial movements. Getting an injection will help to reduce the appearance of these lines by freezing the muscles in question. Static wrinkles, on the other hand, are developed by excessive sun exposure and the natural aging process. Unfortunately, Botox cannot treat static wrinkles; this is where you will need cosmetic fillers. A consultation with your doctor will give you insight into what option is the best for you and your final appearance goals.
Myth: Botox is painful
While every person’s pain receptors are different, most patients experience only mild discomfort during Botox treatment. If pain is a concern for you, it would be wise to chat with your plastic surgeon before treatment to see whether any precautions can ease pain and discomfort.
Because of the low downtime and the fact that it’s a non-invasive procedure, Botox injections can be an easy way to change up your look. Hopefully debunking these common Botox myths can help to make you feel at ease about this procedure, so don’t hesitate to contact a plastic surgeon near you today for more information.