Common Myths About Botox

Botox is a treatment that is commonly used to provide a cosmetic solution for frown lines and other unsightly wrinkles. Most people have heard of Botox, but not everybody understands what it is. If you are considering a Botox treatment, then you may be wondering what it entails. Here are some common myths about Botox—along with the reality behind them.

Myth: Botox treatments are painful.

Most people who have received Botox treatments say that they experience little to no pain during the procedure. Some minor discomfort may be felt following the procedure, but it usually goes away in less than an hour. Anesthesia is not necessary for a Botox treatment, but local anesthesia may be used to ensure a patient’s comfort.

Myth: Botox can be toxic.

While Botox involves injecting a neurotoxin into your skin, it is entirely safe to use. The amount of the neurotoxin used in the treatment is very small. In fact, Botox was approved for use as a cosmetic treatment by the FDA in 2002. Since then, millions of people have received the treatment.

Myth: Botox will “freeze” your face.

Many patients worry that Botox will stop them from making facial expressions. However, the Botox injection will only relax muscles immediately around your wrinkles. It will not prevent you from smiling, frowning, or making any of the same expressions you were able to make before the procedure.

Myth: Botox is only used to treat wrinkles.

In fact, Botox has a wide range of different medical uses. In addition to wrinkles, it can be used to treat chronic underarm sweating, eye alignment issues such as strabismus, and migraine headaches. It can even be used to treat certain TMJ issues.

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