Botox is one of the most popular beauty treatments for people who want to maintain their perfect look today, but there is still a lot of misconceptions regarding the side effects, who can use it, and why. Here are the few of the myths about Botox, let’s just debunk them.
1. Botox causes facial muscles to freeze
A very common myth is that Botox can cause the face to freeze and cause all natural facial expressions to disappear. While it does not make the face entirely expressionless, an overuse of the substance can be harmful. However, within 1-2 weeks the face should restore its natural expressions. In fact, many patients report a “refreshed” and more natural look immediately after procedures.
2. Safety is not proven and It can be harmful
In 1989 Botox received official approval from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to be used for some eye disorders such as strabismus and blepharospasm (eye spasms). Its use for cosmetic procedures was approved in 2002 and continues to be the number one non-surgical cosmetic treatment in the US and the UK. In 2014 alone over 6.6 million treatments were done using Botulinum Toxin Type A (BOTOX™ & Dysport) and these numbers keep increasing. Generally, Botox is considered to be very safe when administered in the correct dosage by qualified medical practitioners.
3. Botox should be applied only after wrinkles start to form
The best results are achieved before a wrinkle has become too deep, which means Botox is recommended prior to the appearance of lines. It works by preventing specific muscle movements that lead to the formation of wrinkles as it targets the muscles, where they’ve started to form. Treating a deep wrinkle may not render the same excellent result as when the treatment has been administered when they’ve just started to form, but it will still dramatically soften them.
4. Once you stop the wrinkles worsen
Many people believe that, in a way, Botox is addictive because it creates the need to be administered on a regular basis if one wishes for the effect to be permanent. While Botox prevents the appearance of new wrinkles and the worsening of existing ones while applied, stopping its use will lead to its effect wearing off. This means development of wrinkles with movement will resume, but that does not make wrinkles or overall appearance worse.
5. Botox is only used for the treatment of wrinkles
Although its most popular use is in cosmetic procedures that aim to improve appearance, Botox actually has a wide application in the medical industry. It is used to treat migraines as it reduces muscle tension and puts less strain on the nervous system. It is sometimes used to block the sweat glands and stop excessive sweating and other times – to help patients suffering from depression.
6. Botox is painful and cause swelling and bruising
While it is administered with a needle and can cause slight discomfort, this is considered a simple, fast and painless procedure. Experience and qualification of the medical professional who’s performing the procedure also make a difference. There may be redness and an unpleasant sensation in the injected area, but it typically disappears in the course of 2 to 3 days.
7. Botox can cause botulism
In its structure, Botox is a purified protein that is derived from Botulinum Toxin – a bacterium that can cause a serious type of food poisoning. Administering the substance in a sterile environment and from a qualified provider ensures the highest standards of safety guidelines are met. Because Botox stays at the injection site it does not pose a threat to the central nervous system, which needs to be infected for Botulism to occur.
8. It is never too early for Botox
While preventative Botox is recommended in the 20s age range, there is such a thing as “starting too early” that typically refers to the teenage years. Because Botox targets lines that form after constant muscle movement and those that form due to natural aging, it is advisable to wait for at least 4 years to see what are the weak areas and potential problem zones. Certain lifestyle choices (smoking, excessive drinking) also contribute a great deal to the formation of wrinkles and before the individual has formed habits it is hard to determine where Botox should be administered.
9. Botox is expensive
While this was true in the beginning, it is no longer the case today as Botox has become affordable and attainable for a lot of people. There is a wide choice of clinics and certified medical professionals who perform these cosmetic procedures, which means prices now are more competitive.
If you’re interested in Botox, but are unsure because of the myths that have long circulated about this particular treatment, Dr Harmandeep Sidhu at Athena Skin & Laser Clinic will help you sort through all the information and make an informed decision. To know more about Botox consult today with Dr Harmandeep Sidhu at Chandigarh – one of the city’s best dermatologist and skin specialist.