5 Botox Myths Exposed

By: Dr. Charles
Topics: General


Botox® Cosmetic is a neurotoxin that causes muscles to relax. Because of this unique property, Botox has countless therapeutic uses to treat numerous medical conditions. In addition, it has been used for many years to improve the cosmetic appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. Despite its popularity, there are still a number of myths surrounding the use of Botox.  Listed below are some of the most common myths associated with Botox use.

Myth #1: Botox can give me botulism.

It is a myth that cosmetic Botox consists of botulism (a serious illness with symptoms similar to food poisoning that can lead to paralysis). The reality is that Botox is made from a purified protein that is derived from the toxin. There has been extensive research and testing on Botox to ensure it is both safe and effective for users. Cosmetic Botox injections have one of the highest satisfaction ratings from patients with nearly 97% of users being happy with their results from treatments.

Myth #2: Botox will give me a “frozen” or expressionless face.

Many people think that getting Botox injections will cause you to lose the ability to have facial expressions. The truth is that these procedures will simply enhance expressions rather than erase them completely. Patients who have had the treatments performed by a trained and skilled physician are still able to display the entire range of facial expressions including frowning, smiling and appearing surprised. The treatment simply relaxes the muscles at the injection point.

Myth #3: Botox injections are painful.

Most people report only mild discomfort during Botox injections. The needles are very fine and inject only a tiny amount of liquid. You should only feel a slight pinch during an injection. The pain associated with these injections is minimal to completely non-existent.

Myth #4: Botox is only effective for facial lines.

Botox was originally approved for treatment of neurological disorders, and not as a cosmetic facial treatment. It continues to be used for a variety of different conditions involving migraines, chronic neck and back pain, excessive underarm sweating, and upper limb spasms.

Myth #5: Botox is not safe and can even be considered dangerous.

With nearly 20 years of use for a range of different conditions, Botox has a long and well established safety history. More than 16 million treatments have been performed since it was first introduced in 1989. No long-term side effects have been seen. Botox is safest in the hands of a qualified physician and at manufacturer-recommended doses.


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