MYTHS & FACTS ABOUT BOTOX
While staying young and beautiful is everyone’s dream, especially the ladies, reality sinks in as we look into the mirror and find those creepy lines on our forehead and crow’s feet around our eyes. However in this day of age where Aesthetic Medicine is becoming a norm, many turns to Botox to erase those lines.
USES OF BOTOX
Botox is the most common aesthetic treatment done across the world and there is an increasing trend in India as well; apart from aesthetic uses of Botox, it is also used in other medical conditions.
Now let’s talk about aesthetic uses and non-aesthetic uses of Botox
Aesthetic or cosmetic: forehead lines, frown lines, crows feet lines around the eyes, eyebrow lift, bunny lines and less commonly for face slimming, necklines, gummy smile correction, jawline.
Non-aesthetic uses Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating of palms and soles and underarm sweating. Other non-dermatological uses are in
Overactive bladder, chronic migraine, strabismus, cervical dystonia and many other indications more than 20.
MYTH 1: Botox is toxic.
FACT: It is a protein (neuromodulator) just like any other vaccine, which is derived from a bacterial source and it acts by relaxing muscles and thereby gets rid of wrinkles and lines.
MYTH 2: Botox gives a ‘frozen’ or expressionless look.
FACT: ‘Frozen’ or expressionless look usually is a result of overdosage of botox unit injection. An experienced injector would know how many Botox units to inject so that you will look natural and not ‘frozen’. Botox reduces muscle activity but does not radically change it. Botox is best injected by an actual Aesthetic doctor.
MYTH 3: Botox can erase all my wrinkles.
FACT: There are two types of wrinkles: Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles developed from facial muscular movement and static wrinkles that are a result of aging and sun exposure. Botox treats dynamic wrinkles by relaxing the muscle thus improving the appearance of these wrinkles. Static wrinkles, on the other hand, do not respond to Botox. Treatment of static wrinkle may require a combination of other aesthetic treatment, such as dermal fillers, threading, laser therapy or chemical peeling.
MYTH 4: If you stop getting Botox, it will make you look older.
FACT: Botox will prevent your wrinkles from worsening when you keep up with your treatments. If you decide to stop having Botox treatments, you will slowly lose the muscle relaxing effect of Botox and will resume the normal development of wrinkles with facial movement. Botox will not worsen wrinkles formation but instead, wrinkles will slowly return to how they were initially, prior to treatment.
MYTH 5: Botox injections are painful.
FACT: Botox treatments are often referred to as the “lunchtime procedure” because it’s quick and there is little to no downtime. Pains from the injections are completely manageable as the needles are very fine, which means that you would only feel a very slight sting during the injection. But with prior application of numbing anesthetic cream, the procedure is almost painless.
MYTH 6: Botox is addictive.
FACT: No addictive properties are reported to be in a Botox solution, thus there is no potential to make an individual physically addicted to the drug. People become dependent on the cosmetic results of a Botox injection because it makes them look younger and fresher.
MYTH 7: Botox will affect by the body
FACT: Botox is a purified protein that acts locally in the area where it is injected and does not have any systemic absorption. It does not cause any infection and It will not travel throughout the body, as it clots locally at the site of injection.
MYTH 8: I need to repeat treatment regularly every 4 to six months else it will worsen my skin
FACT: not at all, although its effect lasts for 4 to six months that does not mean we need to get it done every six months, we can repeat it as per our need and requirement eg;
MYTH 9: Botox is only used for aesthetic reasons
FACT: Botox has received approval to treat a range of medical conditions that include strabismus, eyelid muscle spasms, chronic migraine, cervical dystonia, overactive bladder, excessive underarm sweating, and limb spasticity.
MYTH 10: Botox has immediate effects
FACT: Botox works by temporarily blocking nerve signals that cause muscle contractions. Generally, it starts working within 1-3 days post injection, and it takes 7-12 days to see maximum results.
MYTH: Botox is meant for women only
FACT: studies across the globe are showing an increasing trend for getting botox treatment in men
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