Dispelling the myths about Botox

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery

Jul 30, 2015 5:52:00 PM

Despite being a common cosmetic procedure, Botox is something that is commonly misunderstood, and falsehoods about Botox often turn people off from trying the procedure. Have you heard or believed any of the following myths about Botox? 

Myth 1: Botox takes away your ability to display emotions

The leading myth surrounding Botox involves removing the ability of your facial muscles to display emotions. This long-standing myth states that Botox injections turn your face into an expressionless facade, and is continually perpetuated in movies, television shows, and other popular media. However, it is simply not based in fact. Botox removes fine lines and wrinkles through relaxing -- not damaging -- the muscles underneath the skin, and only at the point of the injection. The rest of your 42 facial muscles retain their use for creating a variety of expressions.

Myth 2: There is no difference between dermal fillers and Botox

Another popular way to reduce fine lines and wrinkles is with dermal filler injections. Although the two procedures are similar, there is a significant difference between Botox and dermal fillers. Botox focuses on relaxing the muscles that lead to wrinkles in the skin. Dermal fillers do not work on the muscle; instead, they actually plump up the facial tissue, restoring its volume for a more youthful appearance.

Myth 3: Treatment only makes wrinkles worse

Many people believe that once you start using Botox injections that you cannot stop because your wrinkles will become even more pronounced. This is not typically the case. In fact, Botox injections actually retrain your facial muscles to not contract, which can lead to fewer wrinkles down the line, even if you stop the injections. Some people do experience some additional wrinkles, but this is due to an unskilled practitioner, not the injection.

Myth 4: Botox is unsafe

For as long as Botox has been around, people have declared it an unsafe toxin. As with most medications, there are some minor side effects involved with Botox, which include bruising, redness, or swelling in the general area. However, in the more than 20 years that it has been a medically approved treatment for a variety of conditions, including reducing fine lines and wrinkles, there have been minimal cases of adverse side effects. In fact, a recent study published in JAMA Dermatology looked at more than 20,000 Botox procedures to determine its safety, according to LiveScience. They found that 1 in 3,333 cases of Botox injections had a negative side effect, compared to 1 in 135 associated with dermal fillers.

Myth 5: Women over the age of 65 should not use Botox

Because the FDA approved Botox only for use on those under the age of 65, many patients mistakenly believe that it is unsafe for those over the age of 65. The only reason the FDA did not approve the injections for the older age groups was due to a lack of studies to satisfy the requirements, not because of a demonstration that it has adverse reactions in those above the age of 65. Most men and women who use Botox over the age of 65 experience no negative complications. However, as with many medications and medical procedures, there are special concerns for elderly patients, including skin fragility, reactions with other medications, and medical conditions that could affect a patient's suitability. Any of these issues should be discussed with a doctor, according to a study by Christine M. Cheng, published in the US National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health.

As with any medical procedure or medication, there could be some side effects or individuals who have experiences different than the majority. However, Botox is generally safe, and many of the negative connotations surrounding it are mere myths.

If you are ready to see how Botox can take years off your face, contact Monarch Plastic Surgery for a Botox consultation today.


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