5 Myths you never knew about Botox..

Posted on 26th June 2016

Botox is a brand name for the widely used and impressively effective anti-wrinkle injection. Botox has been used for many years in both the medical and cosmetic fields with great success. So I wanted to dispel some of the negative ‘myths’ often portrayed by the media.

Myth No.1

Botox ‘freezes your facial expression’

There is the common fear that Botox will leave you looking ‘startled’ and not able to move your face. People are often worried they will not be able to show their usual expression. This is not the case. When a qualified practitioner administers Botox correctly using the appropriate dose, Botox reduces line and wrinkles, whilst still allowing you to move naturally. It merely prevents over activity of the muscles which create the usual lines.

Myth No.2

Botox is painful

At most there is mild discomfort. The procedure uses a very tiny needle and only lasts a matter of minutes. The usual response is ‘was that it?!’

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Myth No.3

Botox is not safe

The medical name for Botox is Botulinum Toxin, which is a naturally occurring toxin produced by bacteria. Botox has been administered successfully for medical and cosmetic procedures for many years. The amounts injected are tiny, they are taken up by the muscles and do not reach the circulation in significant amounts. As such, there are no serious illnesses reported with the use of Botox.

You can rest assured if you are healthy and you use a qualified, professional practitioner, your treatment is safe.

Myth No.4

If I stop having it I will be worse off

On the contrary. If you have Botox treatment, your muscles are given time to heal and lines and wrinkles reduce. This will have allowed the areas to repair, causing the skin to look younger. If you stop having Botox treatment, once the effects have worn off you will eventually go back to as you were before.

Myth No.5

Botox is the only way to reduce wrinkles

Botox is perfect for reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles due to movement. This includes forehead lines, frown lines and crow’s feet. Other wrinkles can occur due to loss of volume, sun damage, smoking or gravity eg: nose to mouth lines, smokers lines and marionette lines. These are better treated with dermal filler to replace the lost volume, rejuvenating your appearance.

Botox is a safe and effective way to turn back the clock. You will still look like you, but younger and fresher. If you still have any more Myths to Bust please contact us for more information! [email protected]

  • Dr Hannah Wilson


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