Botulinum Toxin is the number one non-invasive cosmetic treatment. Botox has been around for 20+ years, and int that time popular media has created some misconceptions about it. In this article, we cut the facts from the fiction about getting Botox injections.
Myth #1: Botox Makes Your Face Emotionless
Botox will only make you appear frozen and artificial if it is performed by a person with improper technique. This could be from a lack of technical skills or a complete lack of credentials to perform the procedure. Because Botox injections have been around for so long and are so popular you don't have to be a plastic surgeon to perform the procedure. The purpose of Botox, like all cosmetic procedures, is to enhance one's natural beauty and youthfulness. When done correctly, you should appear natural and relaxed not stiff and emotionless.
Myth #2: Botox Results Are Immediate
Botox can take up to ten days to see appreciable results. It works by immobilizing certain facial muscles to prevent deepening fine lines and wrinkles although, it is not a cure-all. Botox is most effective on wrinkles that result from facial movements, such as frown lines or crows feet. The effects wear off in 3 to 6 months depending on how much is injected and how many times you've had the treatment.
Myth #3: Botox Is Only for Cosmetic Purposes
Botox injections were approved for use in treating chronic migraine headaches in 2010. It has also been used to counter hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and muscle spasms in individuals suffering from conditions like cerebral palsy. Botox works to temporarily deactivate the overactive nerves going to those muscle groups.
Myth #4: Botox Injections Are Toxic
The dosage of the botulinum toxin used in a Botox injection is not enough to be considered toxic. Botox is a protein derived from bacteria that many recognize as food poisoning. Though the dosage is low, some people can experience adverse effects such as allergic reactions. These effects can appear hours to weeks after receiving treatment. Adverse effects are usually the result of using a higher than normal dosage or underlying conditions.
Many people will have Botox parties where they invite friends over and someone will perform the procedure at a discounted group rate. Outside of a clinical setting and without proper credentials, this can lead to serious injury. Going to a spa or medical facility greatly reduces your chances of adverse effects.
Despite its popularity, Botox injections are still a medical procedure and are best performed in a clinical setting. The location of the injections is vital to looking more youthful and relaxed. A skilled professional can talk to you about your underlying medical history and suggest custom solutions that help you look more gracefully your age, fight chronic headaches, and remedy other ailments.
To learn more about botox injections, contact a spa near you.