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botox myths and misconceptions

There is no doubt that we all have at least one facial feature that we want to change.  Everyone has their insecurities, and as human beings, our first take toward those insecurities is to try and change them. If you find your eyebrows big and bushy, you can go and change them, or if you don’t like your hair, you can get a complete hair transformation – from hair color to texture to hair length.

But unfortunately, it is not as easy or accessible for most people to change most of their facial features like this, especially when these features have developed over time due to age and environmental or medical factors.

Most of the time, aging or some diseases and bodily deformities leave our skin with wrinkles, fine lines, and sagginess. And these issues can be a huge blow to your self-esteem and confidence, and people desperately look for ways to get rid of them. Luckily, a cosmetic method can help you get rid of or at least reduce these issues – called botox.

We are sure you have heard about botox at least once in your life; botox has been a popular name, especially among celebrities, for the past few decades. But, unfortunately, the term has more negative connotations than positive ones.

There are countless myths and misconceptions about botox that have left people hesitant to get the procedure – and that is exactly what we want to change today. Here are 5 myths about botox that we will debunk today!

What is Botox?

Botox is a cosmetic procedure that involves botox injections – injections made using a special toxin that is used to reduce the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles and gets rid of sagginess. Other than that, it is also used for conditions like excessive sweating or neck spasms. It is an invasive procedure with its fair share of supporters and opponents.

Despite the negativity surrounding the procedure, botox has quite a list of benefits. Today, let's understand those benefits and eliminate common myths and misconceptions about botox.

5 Myths and Misconceptions about Botox

1.      Botox is Toxic

This has to be the most common misconception about botox, and we are sure you have heard about this one. However, this can’t be further from the truth. Medically speaking, botox is an extremely safe and well-regulated procedure – which is why it is so common these days. People think it is toxic because botox injections are made using a toxin (a neurotoxin called Botulinum toxin), which is derived from bacteria and is safe for use.

As a matter of fact, it is FDA-approved and helps see significant results. Moreover, there is no doubt that a huge amount of this toxin can be toxic for the human body, but botox injects in extremely diluted and tiny dosages. Take this comparison – a botox injection uses less than 100 units, and you will need more than 3,000 units to make it harmful.

2.      Botox is Painful

Botox is applied to your body in the form of injections, which can trigger some people if they have needle phobia, but to say painful is wrong. First of all, the needles used in botox are extremely tiny, so insertion hardly feels like a mere prick on the skin.

Secondly, if you are getting botox on a sensitive body part like your face, then your doctor will apply a local anesthetic cream on your skin an hour before the procedure so it doesn't hurt or cause discomfort. Lastly, most people are scared of the bruising that is often left by botox injections. But the key here is to go with a trained practitioner who can help you achieve results without bruising or discoloration.

3.      Botox is Only for Aesthetic Purposes

This has to be one of the most common misconceptions about botox and also why botox gets so much negativity. People believe botox is only done for enhancing looks and aesthetic purposes, but that is not true. Botox is a procedure that helps deal with many muscular disorders and deformities that can cause problems.

Most common problems treated using Botox are, cervical dystonia (a painful condition that causes neck muscles to contract involuntarily), hyperhidrosis (also known as excessive sweating), the lazy eye (imbalance in muscle response that affects the positioning of the eye), and chronic migraine.

4.      Botox Can Freeze Your Face

This myth sounds as funny as it sounds absurd. Many people, due to a lack of knowledge and understanding about the procedure, believe botox can cause your face to freeze. Media has fueled this misconception over the years where people with botox are shown to have a face freeze for comic relief – but the reality is far from this. Many first-time botox users fear getting artificial and stilted expressions, but botox doesn’t work like that.

The only reason why this misconception became so popular is that when people get a lot of botox injected into their skin, they are likely to get an expressionless face, which most people like to call the frozen face. But this also depends on various factors, such as whether you are getting multiple injections in one region. This is because that can seriously damage your skin cells in that area and whether you are getting botox from the right place or not – because that determines how good your results are.

5.      Botox is Addictive

Another misconception is stereotyped and popularized by the media, especially comic movies. Most movies show a character with botox would keep getting one until they achieve the frozen look because injections or toxins used in it are apparently addictive, but that's just not true.

The fact that people like to keep getting botox injections is merely a personal preference and has nothing to do with the elements of the injection. Scientifically, there is no addictive element in botox solution and this has been proven in labs!

Don’t Worry and Get Botox!

Botox is a revolutionary treatment method that helps enhance the appearance of your face and skin. Aging and its die effects can be extremely harmful to your self-confidence and self-esteem - nobody likes to see their face turn wrinkly. Moreover, some natural disorders and problems have no other treatment method other than botox – so why be scared of a beneficial treatment just because of some baseless myths and misconceptions? We hope we were able to clear some misconceptions about botox for you –and convinced you to get one if you think there is a need, without being scared!

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