Common Misconceptions about Botox

The injection of Botox is a very common nonsurgical cosmetic in the United States of America. Nevertheless, despite its increased popularity, there are a number of myths and misconceptions about this procedure. Many people believe that the patients that have this nonsurgical cosmetic are being injected with a bacterial form of food poisoning. This kind of misinformation is very crucial as it can greatly influence the decision making of an individual on whether to go through with a Botox session or not. In this article, we are going to address the myths and ideas that many people have and what Botox cannot do for you.

After carrying a number of studies and research on Botox to prove how safe it is to the health of the American citizens, the FDA approved Botox in the year 2002 as a nonsurgical cosmetic meant to treat fine lines and wrinkles. Despite all the studies done by the FDA, there are still myths about Botox, being passed around on social media that have destroyed the reputation of those that use Botox. The following are misconceptions on Botox.

Botox is mainly used for aesthetic and cosmetic reason.

This is a misconception being spread on social media whereby many people believe that Botox is mainly used for aesthetic and cosmetic reasons only. The truth is that the benefits of Botox go beyond cosmetic and aesthetic reasons. When the FDA approved the use of Botox in the US, it was for the treatment of eye flickering and spasms. In addition to that, Botox was not used for cosmetic treatment until years later. Since then, Botox has been used for the treatment of excessive underarm sweating, treatment on patients who suffer from migraines and also on patients with an overactive bladder.

Botox is Toxic.

Many people believe the misconception that Botox is toxic. This cannot be further from the truth as Botox is, in fact, a purified protein version of Botulinum toxic. This means that it is largely non-toxic. During this Botox procedure, the protein is inserted into the muscles to enhance relaxation. It is important to note that this protein is not absorbed into the bloodstream. In order for this toxins to cause any problems, you will need almost 300 times the number of units of the actual toxins.

Botox will freeze your face and leave your face expressionless.

Very many people believe the misconception that Botox will freeze your face and leave your face expressionless. This belief is mainly promoted by the presence of movie actors that have had too much Botox that they can no longer move their face. However, the truth is that Botox relaxes muscle movement by reducing the severity and frequency of wrinkle and line formation in the skin. When you visit an inexperienced practitioner you will end up with a frozen face. This is brought about by the practitioner administering an excessive number of Botox units to the patient. Therefore this can be avoided by going to a professional who has good expertise and training in Botox.

Botox is very painful.

Very many people believe the misconception that Botox is very painful. However, a trained practitioner that is well trained will take his/her time with the injection making sure not to injure the skin or even bring about the discoloration of the skin. As a matter of fact, with a trained practitioner it is very difficult for one to notice, that a given person is receiving injections.

Botox is addictive.

Botox has no addictive aspects. Patients that make a decision to stop Botox will notice the reappearing of the wrinkles and fine lines over a period of time. This is because Botox injections only last over a given period of time, but if you want to increase the Botox effectiveness time, there are a couple of products. Many patients that try Botox are so pleased by the results that they decide to continue with the procedure on their own will but not due to addiction.

There are three main reasons as to why Botox may not work on you.

  1. That you have developed antibodies
  2. That you are not getting enough units.
  3. That you are not being injected correctly.

These three reasons are the main factors that may hinder the proper functioning of Botox on an individual.

Learn more about why Botox is one of the safest cosmetic procedures.