As time passes, expression lines, sagging and wrinkles form on our faces and neck. This is a result of repetitive movements and expressions such as smiling, frowning and squinting. Research in cosmetic medicine offers different solutions and treatments, like botox, to prevent and delay the impact of aging on our skin without the need for surgery.

Botox, or botulinum toxin type A, is one of these solutions. When applied by specialized professionals, botox helps to relax muscles and reduce expression lines. It was first used in the mid-twentieth century to treat neuromuscular diseases. Today, it continues to be applied to treat strabismus, bruxism, excessive sweating, among others. For the last thirty years, it has been used for aesthetic treatments, with very good results.

Despite the favorable results, some myths and rumors have continued to circulate about the use of this cosmetic solution, possibly motivated by the lack of information.

For this reason, we compiled the 5 most widespread myths about the use of Botox as an aesthetic treatment:

  • Myth 1: Causes paralysis and a “frozen” appearance. This myth has been around for a while, thanks to improper applications. It can cause paralysis only if given excessively, without proper care and supervision. Applied correctly, Botox will only relax the muscles and prevent wrinkles from forming.
  • Myth 2: The effects of botox are immediate and permanent. In fact, it takes up to three to four days to notice the effects, which are not permanent. For optimal results, it should be applied every 4 to 6 months in the correct dosages.
  • Myth 3: When the effect wears off, wrinkles become more pronounced. The truth is quite the opposite. By relaxing the muscles, wrinkles tend to smooth out. Once the effect wears off over a few months, these wrinkles will naturally become more noticeable again with the normal use of the muscles.
  • Myth 4: It is only for people over 40 years old. Actually, botox application will depend on each individual. Wrinkles can appear on people as young as 30. In that case, taking preventative action is a good idea over the long, since Botox slows the loss of elasticity. Without a doubt, a self-care plan will help detect and prevent fine lines and other signs of aging.
  • Myth 5: Botox is harmful because it is a toxin. Botox is an innocuous protein, produced by a microorganism and found in nature. The botulinum toxin was isolated by scientific researchers. Side effects from its use are minimal and appear in less than 1% of cases. Botox only works on the muscles into which it is injected, and does not spread throughout the body. Therefore, it is important to space your treatments several months apart.

Finally, Botox does not provide volume or fill in wrinkles. As mentioned earlier, it simply relaxes the muscles. If applied properly, the injections are not painful, as an anesthetic cream can be applied beforehand.

One side note: If you receive a tetanus shot, you should wait one year before you schedule a Botox treatment.

In the office of Dr. Abraham Cázares, Aesthetic Medicine, we perform cosmetic solutions in a professional and safe manner. We provide personalized treatments tailored to the needs of each patient. Our professional team is fully trained to find the solution you need and apply treatments, such as Botox, with excellent results.

Call us today and take that first step in your own self-care.