Botox Myths

Botox Before & After


There are advertisements for Botox injections everywhere, and with that comes a few common Botox myths that we will explore. Headlines of Remove unwanted wrinkles, clear away crow’s feet, banish neck bands, to stop excessive sweating are seen frequently. Its claim to fame is that it can iron out wrinkles and lines in aging faces. In fact Botox can do more that. Botox has been useful for treating a variety of medical conditions ranging from eye squints to migraines, excess sweating to leaky bladders. Currently Botox is used to treat over 20 different medical conditions, with more being discovered regularly.


What is Botox?
Botox is a brand name, for Botulinum toxin A, which is a protein that is produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. It is referred to as a “toxin” because it is a component in food poisoning known as botulism that is derived from improperly handled food products.


Botox treatments are affordable, safe, and very popular cosmetic procedure among women and men (yes, men). Botox is possibly the most common treatment in temporary eradication of moderate to severe wrinkles. However, there are lots of myths and misconceptions surrounding Botox. In fact Botox, Botulinum Toxin type A, is very successful treatment, and has been used safely in the medical field for many years to treat a range of medical conditions. Botox is one the most widely researched medicines in the world.


In this blog we will explore and dispel myths surrounding Botox.


Myth: Botox injections are toxic to the body
Truth: It is true that the name BOTOX comes from its active ingredient – botulinum toxin, but the solution is extremely dilute. With a low concentration of the protein it is incapable of spreading outside of the treated area. For cosmetic procedure 20-70 units are used. A life threatening dose would be about 100 times the average dose.
Botox has a 97% satisfaction rating among users.


Myth: Botox injections distort or freeze facial expressions
Truth: Botox treatments allow the muscles to relax for a period of time. It is a highly technique-sensitive procedure. Achieving your desired result, to look natural and refreshed depends on the amount and precise location of the medicament injected.


Myth : Botox is just cosmetic – with no genuine therapeutic use
Truth: Botox has many therapeutic uses, among which are treatments for muscle dystonias, such as writer’s cramp, headaches and cerebral palsy. Botox is being studied for its potential to help chronic back and neck pain.


A successful Botox treatment is one that no one suspects you had it done.