5 Myths About Botox

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When we think about Botox we classify it as superficial or not for me. There are 5 myths about Botox that I want to discuss and demystify. Aging is inevitable. We all are going through the process of aging but there are ways to stay youthful. Let’s talk about what Botox is and why you may want to consider trying it out. 

What is Botox? Where did it come from?

“Botulinum toxin (Botox) consists of 7 types of neurotoxins; however, only toxins A and B are used clinically. Botox A is used for several disorders in the field of medicine, particularly in dermatology, for cosmetic purposes. It is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and can be used as a treatment to reduce the appearance of wrinkles in the upper areas of the face, elevate the eyebrows and treat problems such as hyperhidrosis, lichen simplex, pompholyx (dyshidrotic eczema) and acne vulgaris.”

“The first type of Botox introduced to the market was onabotulinum toxin A. In 2002, it was recommended to be used as a cosmetic treatment for glabellar frown lines by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).2,4,5 The second formulation of onabotulinum toxin A, which was produced in France, obtained its license to be used for esthetic purposes from the European Union in 2006 and was approved by the FDA in 2009.5,6 Botox type A has become a term used by the society to describe all ingredients used in cosmetic treatments.7

A study in 1994 reported the effectiveness of Botox A for reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles; since then, it has been used as a cosmetic treatment.8 Botox injections can be used to treat glabellar frown lines, wrinkles around the lips (smoker’s lines) and marionette lines, platysmal bands in the neck, strabismus, blepharospasm, cervical dystonia, hyperhidrosis as well as synkinesis following facial surgery.”1,2,9

– National Library of Medicine

Now, let’s consider the Myths:

There are several myths and misconceptions surrounding Botox (Botulinum Toxin) that can contribute to misinformation. Here are five common myths about Botox:

1. Botox Gives a “Frozen” Look:

   – Myth: One of the most prevalent myths is that Botox injections result in a completely frozen or expressionless face. Some people fear losing natural facial movements.

   – Reality: Skilled practitioners can administer Botox in a way that preserves facial expressions while reducing the appearance of wrinkles. The goal is often to achieve a natural and rejuvenated look.

2. Botox is Only for Wrinkles:

   – Myth: Botox is often associated solely with treating wrinkles and fine lines.

   – Reality: While Botox is commonly used for cosmetic purposes to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, it also has medical applications. Botox is used to treat conditions such as chronic migraines, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and muscle spasms.

3. Botox is Unsafe and Toxic:

   – Myth: Some people believe that Botox is a dangerous toxin and that its use can lead to severe health issues.

   – Reality: When administered by a qualified and trained professional, Botox is generally safe. The amount used in cosmetic procedures is significantly lower than the lethal dose, and serious side effects are rare.

4. Botox is Only for Older People:

   – Myth: There’s a misconception that Botox is only suitable for individuals in their later years who already have deep-set wrinkles.

   – Reality: Botox can be used preventatively to slow the formation of wrinkles. Some people start Botox treatments in their 20s or 30s to proactively address the early signs of aging.

5. Botox is a Permanent Solution:

   – Myth: Some individuals believe that a single Botox treatment can permanently erase wrinkles.

   – Reality: Botox is a temporary solution. The effects typically last for a few months, and subsequent treatments are necessary to maintain the results. Over time, with regular treatments, the longevity of each session may increase.

It’s essential for individuals considering Botox to consult with a qualified and experienced medical professional to address any concerns and get accurate information about the treatment. Understanding the facts can help dispel myths and ensure a more informed decision-making process. Fyxson Medical Aesthetics has a Nurse that can consult you and answer all of your questions. Book your free consultation today. 

Reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6489637/

Written By Tamara Bally

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