Botox has long been used to remove wrinkles and fine lines. It has helped thousands of men and women achieve the more youthful, toned look they desire. However, there are a lot of false myths floating around about Botox that may deter patients from seeking this reliable, effective treatment. Here’s a look at the real truth being masked by those Botox myths.
Myth: Botox is toxic and unsafe.
This myth may stem from the fact that Botox is made from a substance called botulinum toxin, which is the toxin that causes botulism food poisoning. The name sounds scary, but in reality, Botox is very safe when administered by a trained doctor. The botulinum toxin does not spread outside of the injection site, so you will not get botulism from the treatment. Botox was tested extensively before being FDA approved for cosmetic use in 2002, and it was used or non-cosmetic reasons long before that. It has a long history of success and safety.
Myth: Botox will make your face look expressionless.
Some people fear that Botox will leave them looking plastic and emotionless since it temporarily paralyzes the muscles in the face. While the injected areas may appeal a little overly tight and swollen for a day or two after your injections, you should appear quite natural after that. Botox only affects the muscles at the injection site, so your overall facial expressions should not be affected. For instance, having your crow’s feet injected should not change the look of your smile.
Myth: Botox is a substitute for a face lift.
Botox is excellent at temporarily erasing wrinkles and fine lines. It can make thin, aging skin look plump and full again. However, it won’t extensively lift your skin or take care of noticeably saggy skin. If you are worried about sagging and loose skin, a face lift is really the most effective option for treatment.
If you have additional concerns about Botox and want to know if it’s the best choice for you, contact us today.