Debunking Botox myths: What is it really?

Botox is one of the most time-tested and safest treatments in the field of aesthetics. It has been used for more than 30 years with increasingly natural results. However, the lack of knowledge and misinformation by the media have generated many false myths about botox.

Woman with a surprised face when we explained to her the false myths of botox

What are the false myths about botox?

Now, knowing more about this treatment and its mechanisms of action, we can review which are the false myths of Botox.

Botox Myth 1

"It's a toxin and it scares me."

The ability of botulinum toxin to relax the muscle is used not only for the aesthetic treatment of facial wrinkles but also as a drug in the treatment of certain neurological diseases such as migraine. It is a very safe drug that has been used since the 1990s even in newborns to treat strabismus. As with any drug, the important thing is the dose and the way it is administered.


Botox Myth 2

"Botox is only for women."

Many people think that Botox treatments are intended only for women. However, both men and women today want to look more youthful and cosmetic procedures such as Botox can help both equally.

As time goes on, more and more men are having these treatments because the social taboo surrounding them is slowly dissipating.


Patient surprised about the myths of aesthetic treatments with botox

Botox Myth 3

"I'm going to lose my facial expression!"

There is a lot of talk in the office about this false Botox myth where patients tell me that they are afraid that their face will freeze and they will be unable to express themselves. However, the culprit is not the Botox, but the excess of a poorly administered dose.

If patients receive Botox from a trained healthcare professional, this problem does not arise. In fact, when administered correctly, Botox helps give a more natural and youthful appearance to the patient. Therefore, instead of staying away from Botox, seek out the best professionals for the procedure. This will ensure that you don't have a frozen look after the treatment.


Botox Myth 4

"I'm too young to start getting Botox."

Botox treatment is used not only to eliminate wrinkles but also to prevent their appearance, obtaining a more youthful, natural and rested expression. There is no specific age to start with the treatment and it must be individualized in each case. Nowadays it is advocated for the "preventive botox" starting at younger stages to prevent the development of wrinkles.


Botox Myth 5

"No. Not Botox, that will leave my face puffy."

Botox does not swell! Botulinum toxin is confused with filler products. In fact, botulinum toxin is practically only applied to the forehead, eyebrows and around the eyes. Lip augmentation treatment is performed with fillers, usually hyaluronic acid.


Botox Myth 6

"I have been told that the effect of botox is irreversible."

The duration of Botox is not definitive, but depends on each patient in terms of their ability to gesticulate. Normally we have a Botox effect for 4 - 6 months.


Botox myth 7

"It can be injected by any professional."

If we want to achieve the best results, we must to seek the advice of an expert professional who acts under the corresponding authorization. of the health authorities. Always ask about your physician's training.


Botox Myth 8

"I've been told I can get Botox during pregnancy or breastfeeding."

It is not advisable to undergo Botox treatment during pregnancy or breastfeeding. During this period other options to keep your skin in the best condition will be evaluated


Botox Myth 9

"I can't work the next day."

The treatment does not require anesthesia since it is practically painless and, therefore, it is performed on an outpatient basis in the office and you can resume your daily life immediately.


Want to know more?

Find out everything you need to know about botox before using it. In my next article I explain it all.

Conclusions - false myths about botox

In conclusion, Botox or botulinum toxin is a very safe treatment as long as it is performed by an expert. The false myths of Botox are probably derived from the misinformation we receive from the media where any cosmetic procedure is called "botox".

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