MYTH: Botox can be administered by anyone in an aesthetic setting.
FACT: Botox should be administered by experienced aesthetic-specialty physicians
These include plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and general practitioners with a specialty in aesthetics in appropriate medical settings.Â Do not be misled by The Real Housewives and their Botox parties!
MYTH: Botox is not for medical use.
FACT: Botox has several FDA approved medical uses.
The FDA has approved Botox to treat many conditions, such as migraine headaches, back and neck pain, cerebral palsy, tic disorder, muscle spasms, hand tremors, eyelid spasms, crossed eyes, vocal cord disorders, severe underarm perspiration, and is currently under study for many other medical applications including depression.
MYTH: Botox will leave you with a frozen face, or will give you an unnatural â€śstartledâ€ť look.
Fact: After treatments, consumers generally look more relaxed and youthful.
When Botox is administered by a qualified professional, the end result is natural looking, wrinkle-free skin.Â The patient will not lose the ability to show expression.Â During the procedure, your doctor carefully chooses which muscles to treat and then injects Botox into those specific muscles. The goal is to weaken only the muscles that need treatment and leave other muscles unaltered.
Facial expressions may be distorted, but only in the case of an overdose or misdirected injection of the drug. Injections performed at salons or mall stores may result in less than desirable results.
MYTH: You can only get Botox treatment once.
FACT: Botox treatment can be repeated.
Botox treatment typically lasts up to 3 months in most patients. Treatments can be repeated as long as your condition responds to Botox.Â Repeat treatments are needed every three to four months, on average. Â Although most people continue to respond to Botox, some people respond less over time. Your doctor will administer the lowest effective dose, and determine the proper time between injections to ensure that you maintain your response to Botox.
MYTH: BotoxÂ is a dangerous toxin.
FACT: Botox has a great safety record.
Botox has been used to treat facial lines since 1987. With almost three million procedures performed annually, no long-term, significant side effects are seen, even with Botox injections among a group of patients who received 30 injection sessions over a nine-year period.
Botox is a purified protein and a medical prescription product, and has been used therapeutically to treat a variety of medical conditions.
Botox can be a part of anyoneâ€™s self enhancement plan.
You should always seek the consultation of a reputable source if you are considering cosmetic enhancement such as Botox injections.Â Youâ€™ll find more information on Botox and other aesthetic rejuvenation options at empiremedicaltraining.com.