Top 5 Botox Myths Dispelled!
The word Botox is recognized by most people. However, while most people think they know what Botox is and what it does, many have some misconceptions about it uses and safety.
Let’s take a look at some of the most prevalent myths surrounding Botox and clear them up.
BOTOX CAUSES BOTULISM
While Botox interferes with the nerve transmission that causes muscle contraction and ultimately wrinkles, it is used in such a diluted state, it is incapable of causing botulism in patients. “Botox is actually a purified protein component of the botulinum toxin, not the bacteria that causes the disease,” explains Emily Johnston, certified physician assistant at Sanova Dermatology. “It is perfectly safe to use in the recommended doses, and is approved by the FDA for the treatment of wrinkles and several other medical conditions.”
Every day, more and more uses for Botox are being discovered. At present, Botox can be used to treat migraine headaches, excessive sweating, urinary incontinence, eyelid spasms, extreme spasms of the neck and shoulders, and overactive bladder, just to name a few.
BOTOX WORKS ON ALL WRINKLES
While Botox is very effective in treating lines and wrinkles caused by facial movements (think frowning), it is not an effective treatment for wrinkles caused by sun damage and aging, called static wrinkles.
“A patient thinking about having Botox to treat their wrinkles and fine lines need to be aware of this,” says Emily. “It is best to discuss your concerns with a skilled injector and determine Botox is not the right choice for you.” There are plenty of options available and they are each geared toward addressing particular issues, and you and you skin care specialist can work together to find you a satisfactory solution.
BOTOX MAKES YOUR FACE LOOK FROZEN
Botox should only be administered by a practitioner who has specialized training in its appropriate uses and how to administer the injections. The injections are only required in the area being treated so they will not affect other areas of the face.
When performed by a skilled provider, Botox injections will look “natural.” The only thing other people should notice is how great you look and how youthful you appear.
At no time should you appear to have a frozen expression on your face.
BOTOX IS ADDICTIVE
The results of Botox injections may be addictive to some because of how great it makes them look and feel, but Botox itself has no addictive properties that would allow someone to become physically dependent on it.
Another piece to this myth is that you “can’t ever stop Botox”. You may not ever want to stop Botox treatments, but you certainly could if you chose to, there are no adverse reactions or side effects from discontinuing the injections.
If you have any questions about Botox, other cosmetic fillers or any other cosmetic treatments, please call Sanova Dermatology today and discover how our providers can help you get the most out of your treatments and become a better “you”.