Myths and Facts About Botox®



Most people hear the word Botox® and immediately have a negative or a positive reaction to it. As our society is so heavily influenced by the media, separating the facts from the untruths can be difficult. When considering any medical procedure, people should always examine the safety concerns, and Botox® should be no exception. At face value, Botox® is a non-invasive way to smooth wrinkles and create younger-looking lips and skin, but no procedure is without possible complications. Let’s separate the myths about Botox® from the facts.

Myth #1: Botox® is Plastic Surgery



Some people may be turned off by Botox®, because they place it in the category of plastic surgery. Botox® is a completely non-surgical procedure. An ultra-fine needle is used to deliver very low doses of a purified protein complex into the muscle tissue. A few tiny injections are all that is required. The entire process takes about 5 minutes for a medical professional to complete. As a bonus, Botox® treatments are virtually painless.

Myth #2: Botox® is Unsafe



The most commonly-held myth about Botox® is that it is poisonous because it contains clostridium botulinum. In large amounts, this can be toxic to the body. However, in smaller amounts, Botox® can be safely used for both medical and cosmetic purposes. Most medical experts, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration agree that Botox® treatments are perfectly safe. Carmen Kavali, MD states, “You can bet on Botox® safety and it’s one of the most effective wrinkle treatments on the market.”

Botox® is considered safe when administered by a medical professional in a doctor’s office. If someone says they will come to your house, how can you know for sure what you are getting is really Botox®? Web MD advises, “Spas and parties are fun, but not for injections.” Black market Botox is unsafe. Horror stories in the media have originated from the use of Botox® imposters. Getting FDA-approved Botox® treatments is the only safe way to go.

Myth #3: Botox® Will Make Your Face Look Frozen



Botox® relaxes the nerves which control a muscle, it doesn’t freeze the muscle. It is most commonly used to soften the appearance of frown lines which may appear in the brow area. Expression lines such as this can make a person look angry or irritated even when they are not. After Botox®, these lines diminish. Because of this, there is an overall more pleasant expression on the face. Patients report that they simply look less tired afterward.

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