Botox Myths

Dr Hennessy would like are readers to be more aware about Botox. Botox stands-out amongst the most famous of all non-surgical treatments for a mixture of reasons, yet there are still a couple of fallacies about what it does and doesn’t do, and who are the best possible applicants. Just you and your doctor know whether Botox is an appropriate treatment for you — yet before you get to that step, we can help scatter a portion of the myths out there! Here is the last of our top five…

Myth 1: The optimum time to get botox is when lines actually appear.

FACT: Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon Grant Stevens clarifies, Botox is being used more and more frequently by people trying to do preventative treatments. Waiting until lines become etched into the skin means it’s much more difficult to smooth their appearance again.” He adds that Botox is often used for lines and wrinkles formed by muscle movements like scowling, squinting, and raising eyebrows. “Often by starting Botox preventatively, people and their muscles can actually learn to not make certain faces and expressions and contribute to worsening their lines. By not making certain expressions in the future, or making them less often, you may actually need less Botox or need it less often.”

 

Myth 2: once you’ve started with Botox and then you stop, it will make your wrinkles worse.

FACT: that’s simply not true, they’ll just revert back to the way they were before. Toronto Dermatologist Martie Gidon explains, “Botox will prevent your wrinkles from worsening while you keep up with your treatments. If you decide to stop having Botox treatments, you will slowly lose the relaxing effect of Botox and will resume the normal development of wrinkles with movement. Botox will not make wrinkles worse.” And remember, Botox results are not permanent. Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon Steven Svehlak says Botox results last typically last three to four months. “For those who get injected at regular intervals over time, however, the results can sometimes last a little bit longer, since the muscles have been immobilized for a long period and can atrophy. That said, once Botox use is discontinued, they will slowly return to how they were initially, prior to treatment.”

 

Myth 3: You are never too young for Botox

FACT: Although age is just a number, doctors have been reporting successes with patients who use botox at 65 and over. If a teenager was to ask their doctor or appropriate practioner for botox, it’s very likely that you’ll be told you’re too young for cosmetic use. Teenagers have who have interacted on forums discussing the lines under their eyes, have had received the  overwhelming consensus that you should wait. Beverly Hills Dermatologist Don Mehrabi, replied to one such post, saying, “While I am an advocate of preventative Botox and its use in the 20s age range, 18 is too young to begin Botox. First, Botox is not ideal for the lines underneath the eyes. Second, Botox is ideally used for lines that remain after constant muscle movement — at 18, you are very unlikely to have residual lines after movement. I would recommend waiting about 4 years before beginning Botox. You will have not lost anything by waiting.”

 

Myth 4: Botox it’s only for wrinkles right

FACT: Botox is not just cosmetic — far from it! Botox injections have been used to treat migraines by reducing muscle tension and creating less strain on the nervous system. Botox can also be used to temporarily block sweat glands to stop excessive sweating, and even might help patients who suffer from depression.

“Botox injections for headaches are commonly administered by doctors and plastic surgeons as a viable treatment option. Plastic surgeons inject Botox primarily into the forehead to relieve pain and tension. Some physicians will also inject it into the neck and shoulders. The botulinum toxin (generic Botox) is thought to eliminate migraines by reducing muscle tension and thus creating less strain on the nervous system.”

In America The FDA has officially approved Botox as a treatment for chronic migraines! A whopping 12% of Americans suffer from these acute headaches, but simple Botox treatments around the head and neck have been shown to alleviate pain for up to three months. Seriously, is there anything these miraculous injections can’t do? Our minds = blown. (And pain-free!)

— Dr. Kris Reddy, a West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon

If you’re looking to be trained in botox procedures and treatments by qualified practitioners, then contact us here at Dr Hennessy Academy.

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