Botox Myths Exposed

Botox Myths

For decades, Botox has been helping patients ease the look of fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing facial muscles.  Whereas some treatment options have come and gone or slowly dwindled in popularity, Botox remains a continuous go-to for those looking to fight early signs of aging. 

With such a long track record of success, you may think Botox would be impervious to the myths that so often accompany similar products.  Unfortunately, despite many years of proven success, misunderstandings still abound.  While it is important to understand that no treatment comes without the potential for side effects, it is equally important to be able to distinguish legitimate concerns from myth. 

Myth 1: Botox Will Make My Face Look “Frozen”

Possibly the most common concern about Botox is that it will leave patients expressionless and plastic in appearance.  While you may want to look younger, it should also look natural.  The quality of your results will be a direct correlation to the quality of your provider.  Botox is readily available seemingly everywhere.  From dentists to medi-spas, there’s no shortage of providers, but ensure desirable results by sticking to those most qualified and highly-trained such as dermatologists or plastic surgeons.

Myth 2: Botox Can Be Used Anywhere on the Face

Botox is powerful, but it has a very specific cosmetic use.  Because it works by relaxing facial muscles, Botox is only useful for dynamic wrinkles, or those that result from movement.  This includes wrinkles that occur between the brows, on the forehead, or around the eyes.  Wrinkles that occur due to age or sun exposure are static wrinkles and require the use of a filler instead.

Myth 3: Botox is Painful

For most patients, Botox results in mild discomfort at most.  Injections cause only a slight pinch as a fine needle injects a very small amount of liquid.  While the total number of injections needed will vary by patient and some may experience side effects such as headaches, the vast majority handle injections quite well with no complications.

Myth 4: Botox Can Lead to Botulism

Botox is, in fact, derived from botulinum toxin.  However, it is just that, a derivative, and comes only from the isolated protein.  Whereas botulinum toxin can lead to serious health concerns such as botulism, Botox recipients needn’t be concerned.

If you are giving Botox serious concern, don’t be dissuaded by pervasive myths.  While the treatment won’t be right for all patients or even all wrinkles, it has maintained its long-term popularity for one very important reason – it works!  To learn more about Botox performed in Baton Rouge or Lafayette, contact the Dermasurgery Center offices where a skilled staff and board-certified dermatologists are waiting.