BOTOX COSMETIC INJECTIONS: 10 COMMON MYTHS EXPOSED
By Melissa L. Giordano, RN, CANS, CPSN
The Breslow Center For Plastic Surgery, Paramus, NJ
Botox is one of the most common anti-aging procedures worldwide, yet despite its popularity and proven track record, several misconceptions surrounding it persist. Here are 10 common Botox myths we often hear at our practice.
1. Botox is toxic and unsafe
As a purified derivative of botulinum protein, Botox is completely safe for cosmetic use. The amounts injected are nowhere even near toxic levels. This misconception that Botox is toxic and unsafe is largely due to the fact that Botox derives from botulinum toxin, most commonly associated with food poisoning.
No long term side effects have ever been reported in Botox users, despite the millions of treatments performed throughout the world over the past 20 years.
2. Botox treatments are extremely painful
Although getting treated with Botox involves multiple injections, most patients typically experience little to no discomfort. The needles are extremely small and go just below the surface of the skin. A slight pinching sensation may be felt, and while there are topical numbing creams that may be used prior to Botox treatments, most patients do not even find this necessary.
3. Botox and dermal fillers are the same
While Botox and dermal fillers both diminish lines and wrinkles, they work quite differently. Botox relaxes the muscles that are responsible for facial expressions such as forehead lines, frown lines and crow’s feet. Dermal fillers essentially plump up areas that have lost volume such as the cheeks and lips, and fill deeper folds or creases in areas such as the smile lines and marionette lines.
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