You need to stop believing Botox Cosmetic myths before you rule it in or out. Here are the facts. The Carruthers, a husband and wife Canadian ophthalmologist and dermatologist, discovered Botox accidentally. They saw that crow’s feet lines disappear when using Botox to treat eye conditions. After Botox gained FDA approval for treating brow lines in 2002, it became North America’s No. 1 cosmetic procedure.
A number of myths about Botox grew along with the product’s popularity. At Baxt CosMedical, we have been using Botox for cosmetic purposes for over 20 years. So, let’s talk about five of the Botox Cosmetic Myths that our patients question.
Myth #1: Botox is Unnatural
Botox is a natural product. It’s a protein made by a bacteria. It’s dissolved in salt water and injected in a very small dose into muscles. Because it is a natural product that is used in small quantities, it is a safe product.
Myth #2: Botox Paralyzes Muscles
Botox temporarily weakens muscles by blocking the neurotransmitter that tells the muscles to contract. At a high enough dose, it is possible to paralyze the muscle temporarily. But, we are just making the muscle slightly weaker when using it for cosmetic purposes.
Myth #3: Botox Causes a Surprised Look
Botox does not cause a surprised look, often called “spock eyebrow”. Improper injection of Botox causes this unnatural look. When injected correctly, Botox looks completely natural. It relaxes the muscles and reduces lines for a more youthful appearance. Thus, choosing a qualified injector is vital.
Myth #4: Botox is Unsafe
Botox is very safe. Injected millions of times all over the world for years, children and adults have found Botox useful for many purposes. Dr. Rebecca Baxt often tells patients during consultations, “Botox cosmetic is much safer than driving on the highway.” Baxt CosMedical patients experience very few of the minor side effects that include headache or swelling at the injection site. Obviously, we have the experience to minimize even minor side effects.
Myth #5: Starting and Stopping Botox Is Not Good For Me
Unlike some mistaken beliefs, this is one Botox Cosmetic myth that makes no sense. Botox only lasts three to four months. When it wears off, the effect is gone. Dr. Rebecca Baxt has injected Botox thousands of times over the last 20 years. “I have seen no long-term negative effects in all the patients I have treated through the years.” Botox provides safe anti-aging treatments with great long-term results. So, you can start and stop when you prefer to do so.
Botox is one of our most popular treatments. Don’t make a decision based on Botox Cosmetic myths. It takes years off your appearance without surgery. Schedule an appointment to find out if Botox is the answer for your appearance goals.