Setting Botox Myths Straight

There are constant myths and misconceptions about cosmetic surgery and Botox in particular. At Elite Facial Plastic Surgery, we receive several questions and clients with misleading ideas about Botox. Luckily, Dr. Dominic, our double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, is going to clarify the eight most common myths about Botox.

First, here is a quick rundown on the basics of Botox.

What is Botox? Botox is a drug made up of a bacterium produced toxin.

How does Botox work? Botox injections weaken or paralyze target muscles by inhibiting specific nerves.

How long does Botox last? Botox may last anywhere from three to twelve months, depending on the area being treated.

Now that you know what Botox is, how it works, and its effects, here are eight myths about Botox, set straight…

Botox is the same exact toxin (Clostridium botulinum) found in food that causes a life-threatening type of food poisoning.

Botox is not the entire bacteria that causes this food poisoning; Botox is an isolated toxin from the bacterium.

You cannot develop an allergy to Botox.

Although allergies to Botox are rare, anyone can be allergic to anything. In rare cases, Botox allergies have been reported. One can never be too cautious when trying new foods, medications, or procedures.

You can never become immune to Botox injections.

Similar with antibiotics, antibodies start to develop resistance to repetitive treatment. Overtime, our bodies adjust and become immune to things we put in it. Although developing a resistance to Botox is extremely rare, it is still possible following repeat injections. However, there are ways to minimize resistance; such as: injecting the minimum dose required and receiving treatment at the longest intervals.

Botox comes from the manufacturer in liquid form

Actually, Botox comes from the manufacturer in a freeze dried powder. The powder is then mixed by your doctor with sterile saline. This dilutes the Botox and it is then able to be injected.

If you work out excessively you will need more Botox than the average person.

Whether you are a gym rat or not does not have any effect on how you will react to Botox. Your physical activity has no influence on the amount of Botox that you need. There are people who do not work out, who sweat a lot and can get Botox to correct it. What influences your Botox treatment is the degree of lines and wrinkles uniquely to you.

Botox will not do anything for extreme lines on your forehead.

False. Although many are skeptical, Botox works miracles on even the deepest etched lines. However, it may take multiple treatments before your muscles weaken enough to smooth the lines, so be patient.

If you have had invasive cosmetic surgery; such as: a facelift or brow lift, you will have to get Botox.

Truthfully, these procedures and Botox are on two ends of a spectrum. A lift surgery pin points loose muscle, skin and tissues, and displaced fat. Whereas, Botox targets nerves and muscles that cause wrinkles. They do not have to be paired in order to achieve results. Each can be done separately or together depending on your wants and needs.

Botox can be used anywhere on the face.

Botox cannot be used all over the face. Although injectable fillers to treat lines and wrinkles anywhere on the face does exist, Botox is not that. Botox is FDA-approved to treat crow’s-feet and between the eyebrows and there are only certain areas where Botox works.

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