The application of Botox in improving facial wrinkles is widely known yet some utterly unfounded myths prevail about this treatment despite its popularity. Read this article to find out the most common misconceptions about Botox from Dr. Leila Fard’s viewpoint.
What is Botox and how does its mechanism of action affect the skin?
As previous articles explained, Botox is a modified toxin that is derived from a bacterium named Clostridium botulinum toxin. The subcutaneous muscles of the injected area are rendered temporarily paralyzed and ineffective once the Botox injection is administered. The mechanism leads to the temporary paralysis of the muscles and the eventual improvement of facial wrinkles in certain areas. Botox generally renders no side effects, but it depends on the skill and expertise of your doctor administering the injection and the quality of the substance in use. If you happen to be one of those afraid of the side effects of Botox or have accepted the common myths about it, bear with us to find out more about these concepts and the reality behind each.
Common Misconceptions about Botox
Sometimes clients happen to have misconceptions about Botox that have no scientific relevance. These misconceptions are included below, with Dr. Leila Fard’s answer to each.
- If I undergo Botox injection, my forehead will be completely paralyzed.
Dr. Leila Fard: Botox injections debilitates forehead muscle movements, but does not entirely limit and paralyze them.
- Botox is suitable for all facial wrinkles.
Dr. Leila Fard: Botox is only suitable for forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet in the corners of the eyes, and wrinkles above the lips.
- I will get addicted to the Botox injection if I undergo one.
Dr. Leila Fard: You merely fall in love with the positive impacts of the high-quality Botox in improving your facial appearance, just like the times we exercise. One’s mental and physical state improves as a result of exercise and we are ever seeking that feeling of contentment.
- If I do not repeat the Botox injection, my face will grow older.
Dr. Leila Fard: Once you undergo Botox injection, you halt your skin’s aging process for six months.
- It does not matter what brand of Botox to use, Botox is Botox all the same.
Dr. Leila Fard: Beware that cheap and substandard quality Botox and injections administered by non-specialists are dangerous.
- Botox in the crow’s feet area changes the way I laugh.
Dr. Leila Fard: Cheap Botox with inadequate and poorly administered injections will change the appearance of your face and laughter.
- It’s too early for me to undergo Botox injections, I’m still young.
Dr. Leila Fard: Prevention is ever better than cure and we should never let wrinkles and fine lines settle on our face, and then begin to seek a solution. Age is irrelevant for undergoing Botox injection, but rather the appearance of wrinkles and lines are relevant in considering to undergo the procedure.