Botox: dispelling myths and unveiling magic

By Nora Heston Tarte

Myth: Botox is toxic.

Truth: Botox gets a bad rap because it is derived from botulinum toxin, which is commonly linked to food poisoning. However, the small amount of this protein in Botox injections isn’t enough to cause any problems, making Botox completely safe for cosmetic use.

Myth: Botox is the same as dermal fillers.

Truth: Both of these products are used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles but the similarities stop there. Botox works by relaxing muscles in the face that cause wrinkles while fillers plump areas of the face that have lost volume.

Myth: You can’t move your face after Botox.

Truth: When applied correctly by a professional, people have no issues making facial expressions after a Botox treatment because the muscles are only frozen temporarily as the product is injected. The frozen effect doesn’t last.

Myth: Botox should be used instead of a facelift or eyelift.

Truth: While many patients choose to get Botox injections instead of a more invasive cosmetic operation, it isn’t necessarily an either/or situation. Many patients who eventually opt to have a surgical procedure done to treat signs of aging continue with Botox injections to optimize results.

Myth: Workout-aholics need more Botox.

Truth: How much you workout doesn’t affect how much Botox your body needs. The only defining factor for this is how severe your lines and wrinkles are.

Myth: Results are immediate.

Truth: Don’t get discouraged if you leave the doctor without seeing much improvement. Because of the way Botox works on the nerves and muscles, it can take up to five days for results to show.

Botox for Prevention
In 2010, 15.2% of the total population of Botox users was between the ages of 19 and 34, showing a trend toward Botox for wrinkle prevention. Not all docs are in agreeance on the validity of this treatment protocol, but those who believe in it have some science to back it up.

The idea is that by getting injections on a routine schedule, the effects of Botox begin to last longer and over time the muscles can atrophy causing fewer lines and wrinkles. Another bonus? The wrinkles that do form could actually be much less severe after several rounds of Botox.

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