The Truth About Botox: 10 Facts to Know Before Your First Botox Treatment
- 05 April 2016
It is without question that Botox is one of the hottest trends in cosmetic surgery these days, and there are numbers to back it up.
According to the latest statistics released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were over 6.7 million Botox procedures done in 2015 alone, making it the most requested minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure performed that year.
But in spite of its pervasiveness, there are still many misconceptions surrounding the treatment. Some people believe that it can cause widespread paralysis while others think that it will give them a frozen, expressionless face.
If you are planning to get Botox injections anytime soon, you need to equip yourself with proper knowledge regarding the treatment. Here are 10 facts about Botox that will dispel the common misconceptions that people have of this wrinkle-defying procedure:
Fact #1: Botox is a type of toxin, but it's harmless in small doses.
The Botox treatment was actually a purified protein derived from the botulinum toxin, a bacteria that causes food poisoning. It also causes a condition known as botulism, which is characterized by body paralysis that can eventually lead to death.
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Still, the Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of Botox for certain medical conditions way back in 1989, and for cosmetic purposes in 2002.
The fact that the FDA approved the use of Botox injections means that it is safe in small doses. Its effects remain at the injection site and only in rare cases does it cause serious side effects.
Fact #2: Botox limits, not paralyzes, the movement of facial muscles.
Botox injections rose into popularity because it can get rid of the lines and wrinkles on the face. It does this by relaxing the wrinkle-producing muscles at the point of injection, like crow's feet, forehead furrows, and smile lines. The result is a limitation of movement, not outright facial paralysis.
It is important to note that Botox does not have an effect on the other parts of your facial muscles, which is why you may still be able to display a wide range of facial movements.
Fact #3: Botox cannot get rid of all types of wrinkles.
One essential thing to remember when getting a Botox treatment is to manage your expectations. Botox can only treat dynamic wrinkles, which are wrinkles that develop from muscle movement like raising eyebrows, scowling, and squinting. Common examples of these are crow's feet and smile lines.
Static wrinkles, which result from aging and sun exposure, cannot be treated even by a million Botox injections since they are not related to movement.
Fact #4: You can do preventative Botox treatments.
More and more people are using Botox not only as a solution for their existing fine lines and wrinkles but as a preventative treatment to avoid the appearance of such. Waiting until the lines are present on the face means it is much more difficult to smoothen out one's appearance. Also, Botox treatments teach people not to make certain faces and expressions that contribute to the worsening of these lines.
But that does not mean that you should get Botox treatments as early as your teen years, especially if it's only for cosmetic purposes. During this time, you are still very unlikely to have residual lines brought about by movement.
Fact #5: The effects of Botox are not permanent.
Botox results typically last about three to four months. If you get injected at regular intervals, the results may last a bit longer than usual.
However, take note that the results are not instantaneous. You may start to see results as early as 24 to 48 hours after the treatment, but the optimum results will start to show up around three to four weeks later.
Fact #6: You can stop getting Botox treatments anytime you want.
Contrary to popular belief, no ingredient in Botox injections is addictive. People keep on getting Botox treatment because they want to ease the symptoms of their medical condition. As for those who undergo this procedure for cosmetic purposes, they want to keep seeing its effects on their personal appearance, as Botox effects are not permanent.
You can stop the treatments whenever you want without suffering from any rebound effects, although the lines will certainly go back to the way they were before.
Fact #7: Botox injections are not the same as dermal fillers.
Some people might think that Botox and dermal fillers are interchangeable, but there is a fine line differentiating the two of them. While both of them help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, dermal fillers do this by adding subtle volume to these folds and wrinkles, thus giving you a fresher, more youthful look. Botox injections, on the other hand, limit the movements of certain facial muscles, giving you a wrinkle-free appearance. And unlike Botox, dermal fillers can reduce the appearance of static wrinkles caused by sun exposure.
Fact #8: Botox can cure a myriad of medical conditions.
Fine lines and wrinkles are not the only things that Botox can get rid of. In fact, it was originally approved by the FDA as a treatment for several eye problems, including strabismus or cross-eye and eyelid muscle spasms. Now, it is also being used in a variety of medical conditions like chronic migraine, overactive bladder, upper limb spasticity, and excessive underarm sweating. Latest studies even show that Botox might help people who are suffering from depression.
Fact #9: Even men can get Botox.
Of course, Botox treatments are not just for women. In fact, more and more men are getting Botox every year. After all, wrinkles can sometimes make men look angry and a lot older than their age, so they get Botox to soften up their appearance and make them look more approachable. Men as young as 30 undergo Botox treatments for cosmetic purposes.
Fact #10: Only get Botox injections from licensed physicians.
These days, Botox injections are already being offered in spas and beauty centers, not just in cosmetic surgery clinics. However, you should make sure that the person who is administering your Botox injections is qualified and experienced to do it. Otherwise, you run the risk of having a distorted, lopsided appearance in the hands of the wrong person.
Choose a cosmetic surgeon with a respectable reputation and years of experience under his belt. Even if Botox injections are only minimally invasive, make sure that you book an in-person consultation with your plastic surgeon first so that you get to ask him questions that you might have about Botox. This will certainly give you peace of mind while undergoing the procedure.