Botox® Myths Debunked

By Shareef Jandali on August 08, 2013

Botox wrinkles frown lines side effects Fairfield Bridgeport Connecticut Jandali Plastic SurgeryBotox Myth #1

Can Botox® Fill in Wrinkles?

No.  Fillers like Juvederm and Restylane fill in wrinkles.  Botox weakens the muscles that form wrinkles.  Over time, Botox can smooth out wrinkles and grooves that have formed over years of frowning. 

Botox Myth #2

Can any Doctor Inject Botox?

No.  Although Botox and other botulinum toxins can be purchased by any physician, they should be administered by a board certified plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or facial plastic surgeon.  When non-qualified personnel perform Botox injections, there is an increased risk of complications, uneven results, and the chance of fake Botox being used. 

Botox Myth #3

Can You Get Addicted to Botox?

No.  Although patients may really like their look after Botox injections, there is no possible physiologic addiction to Botox.  The results are temporary, usually lasting about 4 months.

Botox Myth #4

Is Botox Poisonous?

No.  Although the botulinum toxin in Botox Cosmetic is a neurotoxin, Botox injections are extremely safe for the body and have been used for medical purposes for decades.  The concentration of the toxin is very low in Botox and the injections are pinpointed at specific muscle groups. There is no way for the tiny amount of Botox to spread outside the area of injection.

Botox Myth #5

Is Botox Painful?

No.  Botox Cosmetic injections are performed with 30 gauge needles, which are incredibly tiny needles.  When injected slowly and after numbing cream is applied, the injections are tolerated quite well.  Patients typically compare the sensation to that of a mosquito bite.  Although there is a small risk of headache or numbness at the injection sites, these side effects are rare.

Schedule an Appointment for Botox

If you are interested in Botox, schedule a consultation with Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Shareef Jandali today.  Call 203-374-0310 to set up an appointment.

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