Despite the fact that Botox injections have been helping individuals turn back the clock for more than a decade, there are still many myths circulating about this anti-aging treatment. Whether you are new to Botox or have been getting injections for many years, it is important to separate the fact from the fiction. Here are a few of the most common Botox myths still circulating and the facts about this popular cosmetic procedure.
Botox is Dangerous
While it is true Botox contains the botulinum toxin, the trace amounts in the formulation are not sufficient to cause significant harm. In fact, Botox has been safely used for decades for both medical and cosmetic purposes, so it has a long track record for both safety and success. That said, Botox is safest when it is performed by an experienced professional in a controlled, sterile environment like a medical spa or physician’s office.
Botox will Freeze my Face
Concerns that Botox will freeze away facial expressions tend to continue, despite the fact that there is no evidence to support this claim. Botox relaxes facial muscles that lead to the formation of wrinkles, but does not impact your ability to smile, frown or show other types of emotion on your face. Botox will also not affect your ability to feel emotions, another myth that has been more recently circulating.
Botox Works on All Wrinkles
Botox is recommended for “dynamic” wrinkles, those lines that appear when certain facial expressions are made. Over time, those lines can become permanently etched into the skin. Common areas for dynamic wrinkles include the forehead, between the eyebrows and in the outer corners of the eyes. Botox will not improve lines caused by loss of skin elasticity, such as those that commonly form around the nose and mouth.
Botox is Only for Women
It is a fact that the majority of Botox procedures continue to be performed on women, but more and more men are tuning into the benefits of this treatment as well. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 400,000 men had Botox injections in 2014, making up around six percent of all Botox procedures performed during that year.
Botox is Only Used for Cosmetic Purposes
Most people know Botox as the anti-aging treatment, but the formula has been used for medical purposes for much longer. Botox has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of cervical dystonia, blepharospasm (uncontrollable eye twitching) and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). It is also used to treat migraines in some patients.
Botox is a safe, effective treatment for smoothing away the telltale signs of aging and producing a refreshed appearance. To find out if Botox is the right cosmetic treatment for you, contact New Visage at 252-808-2NEW.