Myths and Facts about Botox Injections
If you are among the many beauty enthusiasts, then Botox is among the first things that come to mind once wrinkles begin to show up, and you look to get rid of them as soon as possible – after all, no one wants to look old. Botox injections have long been a favorite of the cosmetics industry, and since its early use, it has gained quite the reputation.
When you think of Botox, you think of a client with a stiff-looking face and unable to make normal expressions. However, is that really the case? Read on to find out the myths and facts surrounding this substance.
Facts about Botox
It stands among the most popular cosmetic treatments worldwide
According to data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Botox injections stood at 7.2 million injections, outpacing dermal fillers by more than 4 million treatments. Regarding the global stage, Botox injections are the most popular kind of procedure, with 2016 recording them as half of all injectable medical procedures.
It carries few side effects and risks
You might be thinking that Botox is a stiffening treatment with numerous risks, but the truth is that it is not risky to your long term health. In fact, because Botox injections are a non-invasive treatment, you have less chances of developing complications with your skin.
The active ingredient in Botox is botulimum toxin A, which is a natural protein that relaxes muscles, and the amount present in Botox is under careful research and very accurately measured. In case you are uncomfortable though, you can ask your doctor so that they can reduce the doses.
It adheres to the highest standards of quality
The FDA approves Botox injections, and they happen to be the only treatment of their kind that is approved on the list. This means that every injection is under strict supervision, and each ingredient is mixed in a sterile environment in exact amounts. That means you do not need to worry about what is going on your face when you get the treatment, as there are no long-term side effects.
It treats the muscles
Unlike what you may think about Botox resulting in stiff skin – the truth is that Botox works on the facial muscles, not the skin. This is because of its active ingredient being a known muscle relaxer, as it prevents the facial muscles from being stuck in a certain position due to overuse, such as forehead wrinkles.
When the substance is injected into the face, the tension that was present in the muscles reduces significantly, and this results in the skin settling itself in a smoother texture.
It can be useful for other reasons as well
You may think Botox injections are only good for eliminating wrinkles, but that is not the case. The FDA approves of the substance being used for other medical treatments.
These include muscle spasms in your eye, face or limbs, underarm sweating, uneven positioning of the eyes or twitching, dysfunction of the bladder, migraines, and so on. continued research shows the other benefits of the active ingredient, not just regarding cosmetic benefits.
You can easily fit treatments into your schedule
The administration of Botox simply involves a series of injections, so it will not be more than 30 minutes. It also does not have other side effects such as sweating and redness, so you are clear to do all other activities. Just note that the time you should avoid it is immediately after or before exercising, as increased blood pressure will interfere with the final result.
Now, for the myths:
Botox injections will distort your expressions
This is what comes to mind when you think about Botox – but it all began with some psychologists that thought patients who injected the substance experienced problems in this area. In actual fact, Botox injections will have no ‘stiffening’ effects on the face – unless there is a misdirected injection or an overdose of the substance.
This is why doctors advise strongly that you go to a qualified physician if you want Botox injections, and never rely on your own self or other services offering it such as mall stores and hair salons.
Botox is harmful to the body
The concern about Botox injections are understandable. The active ingredient in Botox is a toxin that thrives in foods that are poorly preserved, and when these foods are ingested, they affect the CNS (central nervous system).
However, the Botox injections you get from a physician undergo very strict testing and safety guidelines, and the administration is done in a pinpoint way – only administered to very specific parts of the body. In addition, the amounts of the active ingredient are very low, so it cannot spread its effects to other parts outside the injected area.
When you think about it, antibiotics and aspirin have significantly more harmful effects compared to Botox, especially when they are misused; so you have nothing to fear.
The patient develops an ‘addiction’ to Botox
The substance does not have any psychological addiction, as the amounts of each ingredient are not high enough. In addition, the effects of the dose only last between three and six months, so you go for another dose after the effects wear off.
It is also important to understand that a desire to look good does not equal addiction, and it is not a medical problem either, so a person is free to do the procedure as they see fit.
You should wait until you are older to get an injection
The truth is that you can get doses of Botox, as long as you are over 18. In fact, it is easier to treat the lines when the person is still young, because the skin is smooth and supple. As you get older, it will become harder for the skin to get used to the effects of the treatment.
Botox injections are a strange subject for many, as they are shrouded in myths and mystery. However, they are not as bad as you may think; you might even want to try them out. However, as with all medical procedures, do discuss with your doctor before going through the treatment.