If you have ever looked into having healthier and smoother skin, you likely have come across Botox. Botox is one of the most recognizable names in cosmetic circles because it is one of the most ocular cosmetic procedures. It also produces great results, the procedure takes little time, and there is no downtime, making it the perfect choice for those looking for quick but amazing results. As the popularity of Botox has grown, so have rumors surrounding it. In this article, we will look at some of the most common Botox myths and see why they are wrong.
Botox is Painful
Botox is a painless procedure, and many people are surprised at how little discomfort there is during the procedure. The main reason for this low level of discomfort is that Botox uses a very small needle. A board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist injects the Botox into the areas being focused on. Because they take every precaution to ensure the procedure is safe and painless, there is nothing to worry about.
Botox Can Cure All Facial Wrinkles
Botox is the perfect treatment for what are known as movement wrinkles. These are wrinkles that form at sites where the skin moves. For example, the areas around your eyes or lips move when you smile, and these are perfect sites for Botox. Static wrinkles can be treated using fillers, although these can still be used in conjunction with Botox.
Botox is Only for Women
Many people think that Botox is only for women. This is a myth as men can get Botox too. In many cases, Botox is used by men to treat various conditions such as teeth grinding or headaches through jawline injections, eye spasms, and other conditions. Even with these uses, BOTOX is still widely used for cosmetic reasons in both men and women.
Botox is Toxic
Another huge myth surrounding Botox is that it is toxic. Many people think this when they hear Botox is made from a toxin called botulinum. Botulinum can cause serious food poisoning when ingested. However, the small amount used in Botox means that it is relatively safe. Also, a licensed professional (dermatologist or plastic surgeon) ensures the injection uses the right amount to avoid any side effects. The dermatologist or plastic surgeon will also ask about any potential health issues you may have to check if Botox would be right for you.
Botox Can Stress the Muscles
This myth stems from people not understanding how Botox works. Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the injected muscles. With no signals reaching these muscles, they do not contract. The wrinkles on the surface will relax and give you smoother-looking skin. Additionally, this lack of contractions means there will be no stress on the muscles.
Botox Leads to No Facial Expressions
We have all seen the jokes about people who have had Botox injections not having facial expressions. Any “frozen” expression is often linked to Botox. These results are due to two main reasons; over injection or the professional who did the procedure. Over-injecting of the botulinum toxin will lead to a complete lack of facial expressions because many more muscles are affected. Additionally, having the procedure done by someone who is not fully qualified means it will be botched. When done right and by a skilled professional, you should not have any problems smiling or making any facial expressions after a Botox procedure.
Botox Can Cause Bruising, Redness, and Swelling
Everyone reacts differently to the injections, and this is why you are asked about your history beforehand. If done right, the effects should be mild and temporary. However, the procedure can still produce these effects if not done right.
Botox is an effective cosmetic procedure for those looking for smoother skin. By understanding why the myths that surround it are wrong, you will be in a better position to decide if the procedure is right for you.