For more than a decade, botox has been hailed as the ultimate quick fix for wrinkles and fine lines. Its popularity has shown no signs of waning since it was introduced in 2002, and up to now, the magic elixir remains the top nonsurgical cosmetic procedure in the United States.
Despite its popularity, botox has had its share of rumors, which have spawned largely from a lack of knowledge. Some of them are really wild and have nothing to do with what botox treatment really is — a simple procedure that can change your life by making you feel more confident and youthful.
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Here are some of the myths that have come to wrongfully define botox:
Botox is poisonous
The effects of botox depend on the amount and type of exposure. In a cosmetic setting, it is injected in small, targeted doses that are way lower than the harmful amount. Cosmetic specialists only inject 20–60 units in targeted areas, and to be lethal, 10,000 units will need to be injected directly into a vein or an artery. As the basic toxicology principle goes, it’s the dose that makes the poison.
Botox will make you look extraterrestrial
Startled, deadpan, frozen, scowling, surprised, alien-like — ignorance of the treatment makes people think botox will give you all sorts of distorted or unnatural looks. Any experienced cosmetic doctor will tell you that this assumption is unfair. When administered properly, botox will relax specific facial muscles that cause wrinkles, thus giving you a youthful, rejuvenated look. You’ll be able to smile, talk, and eat normally in no time.
Botox injections are painful
Many think a botox treatment is so painful that it requires some sort of anesthetic. The truth is, it involves a few small injections that feel pretty much like a bug bite, nothing that will have you screaming in pain.
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If you discontinue getting botox, you will look older
On average, the effects of botox last around 4–6 months. After that, the body naturally eliminates the drug. It’s totally fine if you decide not to undergo botox treatment ever again or if you have to stop for a while upon doctor’s advice. Stopping botox treatment won’t reverse the effect. The lines on your face will just return to their normal state.
Botox is only for women
Anybody, male or female, who has wrinkles can get botox. A 2017 study by the American Society for Plastic Surgeons states that botox for men constitutes almost 10% of all cosmetic surgeries. And with awareness, the number is increasing continuously.
Botox is only used for aesthetic reasons
Given its commercial success, it’s easy to think that botox is only used for cosmetic purposes. The truth is, botox has been approved to treat several health conditions, such as muscle spasms, excessive underarm sweating, uncontrolled blinking, and overactive bladders.
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You should wait until you’re in your 40s to get botox
If you start getting wrinkles in your 20s or 30s, you can definitely get a botox treatment without worrying about harmful effects. Botox is also a good preventative solution for younger patients since it’s more effective at treating wrinkles and fine lines at an early age.
Botox will travel throughout your body
Botox only affects the area where it was applied. In fact, it was approved in 2002 on grounds that it will not affect other body parts. Today, there is no clear evidence that botox spreads and causes problems in body parts outside the area of injection.
Botox can’t be used below the eyes
The three most common areas for botox injection are the forehead (wrinkles), side of the eyes (crow’s feet), and eyebrows (frown lines). Thus, many people assume that botox cannot be injected below the eyes, when in fact, it can be used, among others, along the jawline to give you a little neck lift or in the corners of the mouth to enhance your smile.