Just as it is with most things, especially cosmetic procedures, Botox® tends to have a lot of misinformation out there. When you talk to people who have never had a Botox procedure, chances are they don’t necessarily know what they are talking about. In order to keep you properly informed, we have compiled a list of the most common myths we hear in our office and why they are inherently not true. Discover the facts below!
Myth 1: Botox is dangerous.
Plain and simple, Botox was approved by the FDA(Food and Drug Administration) in 1989 to treat certain medical conditions. 13 years later in 2002, it was approved for cosmetic purposes meaning it absolutely safe. The only way Botox can be unsafe is if you have someone who is not qualified administering it to you.
Myth 2: Botox can cause botulism.
While Botox is the purified protein from botulinum toxin, it is not going to cause you to experience food poisoning. Botox, when injected, stays at the injection site, meaning it will not enter the central nervous system which is how people end up with botulism.
Myth 3: Botox won’t allow me to have facial expressions anymore.
This is one of the most common myths we hear in our office when people inquire about Botox. Getting these injections only directly affects the facial muscles where the injection is made. They will not, however, affect the muscles that are surrounding the injection locations. It is important to note, on the other hand, that your results will vary based on the skill of your doctor.
Myth 4: Botox is only used for facial wrinkles and lines.
As we stated in our previous blog series, the FDA originally approved Botox to treat medical conditions before it ever was approved for cosmetic purposes. Botox is used to help improve several medical conditions such as eyelid muscles spasms, chronic migraines, excessive sweating, overactive bladder and more.
Myth 5: Botox injections are painful.
Almost anyone you ask about the pain level of Botox injections (who has experienced them) will tell you that it isn’t so much painful as it is just a mildly uncomfortable. The needles used for injecting Botox are extremely thin and only emit the tiniest bit of liquid. If anything an injection simply feels as if someone is pinching your face. Not to mention, it is over before you know it.
Myth 6: Botox is addictive.
Many people claim they won’t get Botox injections because they do not want to get addicted to the process. This should not even be a worry, however. As Botox does not have any addictive properties. People can become very dependent on the physical results but as far as a physical addiction goes, there is no such thing when it comes to Botox.
If you are interested in getting the whole truth about Botox because you are interested in having the procedure completed, contact the expert staff at Med 1 Aesthetics. We know what Botox can and cannot do for you and we will give you an honest opinion about whether or not Botox injections are right for you. Give us a call now to learn more!