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Botox: The Myths and Misconceptions

Botox has gotten so much publicity that just about everyone has heard about it, however, many people still shy away from it because of negative misconceptions. Botox is a neurotoxin that helps weaken muscles within the injection site for 3 to 6 months[1]. This makes Botox an extremely effective way to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing the muscles that cause them. Despite the positive reviews that Botox is getting from medical providers and news outlets, there are still many people who are fearful of it. Following are some of the most common myths and misconceptions about Botox and corresponding clarification.

Myth #1: Botox is only for cosmetic purposes
Most people associate the injection solely with cosmetic purposes. Botox has been proven to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but this is not the only benefit of the injection. Botox also treats conditions such as chronic migraines, excessive underarm sweating, and overactive bladder[2]. These medical benefits have been receiving more media coverage recently.

Myth #2: Botox is dangerous
Many people associate Botox with botulism because it is commonly caused by contaminated food with botulinum toxin. Although this toxin is the same, Botox uses a purified version in extremely low doses that make it impossible for the toxin to manifest in the type of food poisoning associated with botulism[3]. As long as you are being injected by a trained medical provider who is certified to inject it, Botox is safe.

Myth #3: Botox leaves you with an expressionless face
If Botox is injected into the skin by a trained and skilled provider, the provider is able to localize exactly where the injection is needed to only target the area that needs it. Areas that have not been treated will remain the same, and you will be able to express any emotions you normally do. Having Botox injected by a skilled provider will give you the best results and avoid an overdone appearance that TV shows and movies poke fun at for appearing too “fake”.

If you are ever uncertain about any procedure or injection speak with your medical provider and voice your concerns. They will be able to answer any questions you have prior to committing to something you are unsure about. So next time you hear people worrying about Botox, assure them that these myths are in fact myths and Botox is safe and rewarding!

[1] Nigam, Pk, and Anjana Nigam. “Botulinum toxin.” Indian Journal of Dermatology 55.1 (2010): 8. PMC. Web. 18 Jan. 2017.
[2] Sifferlin, Alexandra. “11 Surprising Uses For Botox.” Time. Time, 5 Jan. 2017. Web. 25 Jan. 2017.
[3] Lewis Sarah. “8 Myths About Botox® Injections | Healthgrades.” 8 Myths About Botox® Injections | Healthgrades. N.p., 26 July 2016. Web. 27 Jan. 2017.