The popularity of Botox has not waned since it was first approved in1989 by the FDA (Food & Drug Administrative) and later approved for Cosmetic use in 2002.
Today, Botox has not only become an important tool in battling wrinkles, but it’s also used for many other medical conditions. In spite of the fact that the cosmetic form of Botox is about to turn 16 next month, there are still many myths and misinformation floating around the internet.
To help dispell these myths, I sat down with Rebecca Reece-Porter, ACI CLS—an Advanced Certified Injector and Certified Laser Technician and the owner of Parker Aesthetics LLC located in Parker, Colorado.
Myth #1 Botox isn’t safe
BOTOX is a trade/brand name and is a slang term for Botulinum Toxin Type A. Granted the word, toxin, is a bit scary to hear but the amount administered in a cosmetic procedure is so minuscule. When muscles move, they pull on the skin causing lines to appear. Botox works by attaching to the nerve endings in your muscles to block the impulse from the nerves that make muscle contact.
That being said, Botox is a very safe treatment when performed by suitably qualified practitioners in a clinical environment. Since you don’t have to be medically qualified to inject Botox, do your homework and make sure you go to someone who IS medically qualified and has years of experience, a good track record and has been highly recommended by others.
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Myth #2 Botox will leave my face looking “frozen”
This is one of the most common myths I see and hear. It’s easy to search Botox and be greeted by a celebrity looking more like a doll than a human. More times then not this celebrity has not just had Botox but a combination of various treatments to get to where they are. Botox does not leave your face frozen unless the injector injects too much! Or if the patient insists on the frozen look. I personally prefer to have and give a more natural look and allow some animation (movement). And no one will know that you had Botox if it’s done correctly unless you want to tell them! Ideally, you should look refreshed.
Myth #3 Botox injections are painful
The needle used to insert Botox is micro and very fine! Comparable to the sensation of a tiny pinch. The treatment is also very quick only taking around 10 minutes to complete so any pain will be over in no time. Patient hydration is key to minimizing any discomfort! You should consume at least 80-90 ounces of water each day and throughout the day.
Myth #4 Botox is Botulism
Botox is made from a purified protein taken from a Botulinum Toxin. Many medicines have been taken from toxins, the testing on these are extensive and have to pass many FDA guidelines and regulations in order to be allowed for public use. The toxin side of Botox is incredibly low. Administered by a professional, this procedure is safe, effective with wonderful results!
Myth #5 A face cream can do the same job as Botox
It’s an easy marketing tool to say “just like Botox” or “better than Botox” on a face cream. The thought of just applying a cream instead of having an injection is comforting to some. While I do promote a good skin care routine in conjunction with Botox, there is no scientific fact a cream can provide the same result as Botox. Financially, it is likely Botox can be much more beneficial.
Myth #6 Botox is expensive
The average price for Botox is $11.00- $$14.00 per unit (approximately 25-30 units for full upper face). It’s tempting to look for the cheapest clinic around but be careful of low prices. Do your research and take into consideration when you are looking for an injector in conjunction with credentials, years of experience, training, and medical background. Keep in mind price can vary due to overhead, not necessarily experience. Weigh all factors and make a decision from there.
Myth #7 Botox and filler are the same
It’s easy to think these injections carry the same qualities, but this is wrong. To make it simpler to understand:
· Botox is for dynamic lines, the lines that appear on your face when you pull expressions. The injections relax the muscle causing the lines do not appear when animating expressions.
· Dermal fillers are for static lines, areas that are apparent when the face is still i.e. nose to mouth lines or mouth to chin lines. They are also used to re-introduce volume, something Botox does not achieve which is why we commonly use dermal fillers for lip augmentation and cheek augmentation.
Myth #7 If you stop having Botox, your wrinkles will be much worse
This is not necessarily the case. Botox injections are a non-permanent treatment lasting from 3-5 months. After this time it will begin to break down and dissolve. By not staying a step ahead of lines/wrinkles breaking down the face will go back to how it was before, is not necessarily true. This doesn’t mean you will have worse wrinkles than before your treatment. I offer my clients the option of a Botox Club Card where they return on a more consistent basis which results in an ongoing refreshed look without the same amount of money or injections spent in just one visit. I recommend returning every 8 weeks.
Myth #8 Cosmetic Botox is just for wrinkles
Botox is used for a variety of treatments. Botox injections help the muscles relax, which in turn can be used to treat various disorders. Botox is used to treat Hyperhidrosis which is a debilitating condition that causes excessive sweating in armpits, palms, and bottoms of feet. It also treats migraines that originate in the forehead and helps release the jaw muscle tightness in those that suffer from TMJ.
Myth #9 Only women get Botox
Brotox is the latest term for men Botox treatments. Botox is becoming popular and demanding amongst professional men, especially men in careers as sales, attorneys, athletes, media and the list goes on!
Myth #10 You should only get Botox when you have wrinkles
Preventative Botox is common sense. It is much more beneficial to be on the preventative side of the fence than the maintenance side. Genetics are number one to our facial tell all. There is no age limit, I personally do not recommend under the age of 21, that is written in stone to be the green or red light as to when a person should begin Botox. By stopping the face repeating these face movements we see a reduction in the build-up of deep static lines and therefore fewer treatments and less Botox are needed in later life. “Prevention is better than cure.” – Desiderius Erasmus
Myth #11 Botox is addictive
There is no drug that is addictive to patients! The “addictive” part of Botox is the look.