Although Botox has been in use since the late 1980s, there still remains a number of misconceptions about its safety and efficacy. Here are the top 9 myths about Botox and other neurotoxins that simply aren’t true.
1. Botox is Dangerous
Botox is an injectable treatment derived from botulinum toxin type A, the same toxin that is responsible for botulism, a kind of food poisoning. This gives it a questionable reputation, but the truth is that Botox has been sterilized and lyophilized (freeze-dried) before use as an injectable. This means it’s safe to use as directed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
2. You Can Get Addicted to Botox
Another common misconception about Botox and other neurotoxins is that they’re addicting. Physiologically, the botulinum toxin is not addictive and therefore people who have Botox treatments can’t develop a physical dependence on the drug. The truth is that like other types of non-invasive cosmetic treatments, Botox requires regular maintenance to continue seeing results.
3. Botox Is Painful
While Botox is delivered via an injection, the needle used is extremely thin and delicate. It is inserted just a few millimeters beneath the surface of the skin, which may feel like a slight “sting” or “pinch.” Most of my patients do not report any pain or discomfort at all when receiving neurotoxin treatments at my office.
4. Botox Makes Your Face Look “Frozen”
When used in excess by an inexperienced practitioner, neurotoxins that work by immobilizing the facial muscles to prevent wrinkles end up giving the patient a “frozen” look. However, this is rare and when administered by a qualified physician, Botox can look and feel completely natural.
5. Botox Is Only Used for Facial Wrinkles
Many people mistakenly believe that Botox and neurotoxins like it are only used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face. However, the medical field has been successful in using Botox for a wide variety of conditions. Penn Medicine reports the use of neurotoxin treatment in patients with blepharospasm, migraines, overactive bladder, excessive sweating, foot pain, and more.
6. Botox Results Are Immediate
Maximum results after neurotoxin treatment for frown lines and facial wrinkles are typically achieved at 14 days post-injection.
7. Botox Results Are Permanent
Few non-invasive cosmetic treatments are considered permanent and Botox is no exception. The American Academy of Plastic Surgeons reports that the effects of Botox last between 3-4 months on average.
8. Only Women Can Get Botox
The majority of Botox clients are, in fact, female, but like most medical treatments, Botox isn’t limited to a particular gender. People of all genders can all enjoy fresher, younger-looking skin with neurotoxin treatment.
9. Anyone Can Administer a Botox Injection
Although Botox is a subcutaneous injection similar to insulin which is often administered at home, this does not mean neurotoxin injections should be a DIY experience. For your safety and best results, it’s necessary that a licensed professional administer Botox and monitor your results.
Get Safe, Effective Botox Treatments Today
If you’re interested in reducing your wrinkles, frown lines, and other signs of aging, Elizabeth Roche MD Medspa can help. I will personally meet with you to discuss your medical history and aesthetic goals so we can develop a treatment plan that works for you. Call today for your consultation at 1-201-505-1020.