The Myths and Realities of Botox®
Myth #1: Botox® is dangerous.
The reality is Botox first received FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approval to treat certain medical conditions in 1989. Approval for cosmetic uses of Botox came in 2002. Since then, millions of people have used Botox safely and effectively. Botox is safest in the hands of a qualified doctor and at manufacturer-recommended doses. Always find a doctor, such as Dr. Wallace, with the experience and qualifications to ensure your safety.
Myth #2: Botox® makes your face expressionless.
The reality is Botox relaxes wrinkle-producing facial muscles at the point of injection. These injection points are around deep lines and wrinkles, such as crow’s feet, forehead furrows, and smile lines. Botox does not affect other muscles involved in overall facial expressions. You will still be able to display a wide range of expressions. The quality of your results depends on the skill of your doctor. This is another reason to do your research and find an experienced and qualified doctor.
Myth #3: Botox® can rid me of all my wrinkles.
The reality is Botox treats dynamic wrinkles. These are wrinkles that develop from movement such as crow’s feet and brow wrinkles. Botox improves the appearance of these wrinkles by relaxing the muscles. The other category of wrinkles is static wrinkles. Static wrinkles are the result of aging and sun exposure. These wrinkles aren’t related to movement and won’t respond to Botox treatment. Cosmetic fillers can smooth the appearance of static wrinkles.
Myth #4: Botox® can become addictive.
The reality is there are no addictive properties to the ingredient in a Botox injection. It has no potential to make a person physically addicted to the drug. For medical conditions, people rely on Botox to ease symptoms the same as any prescription medicine. People become dependent on the cosmetic results of a Botox injection to keep them looking younger. This is more about a person’s focus on their appearance than it is about Botox itself.