Since its appearance on the aesthetic medicine scene, Botox has skyrocketed in popularity to become the single-most requested rejuvenating procedure in the United States. With over 6.6 million treatments reported a year, Botox and other botulinum toxin type A-based injectables (Dysport and Xeomin) eclipse both surgical and non-surgical treatments.
Despite its wide use, there are still some “Botox myths” that persist. Here are 5 common misconceptions about Botox:
- Only women have Botox injections. While it is true that women do comprise the majority of patients who seek cosmetic treatments, Botox is definitely popular among men. In fact, according to the American Academy of Plastic Surgeons, Botox is the number one requested procedure by men. It is more popular than rhinoplasty or hair transplants–two procedures that men typically undergo.
- Botox makes you look unnaturally surprised. A frozen, expressionless face is a sign of an inexperienced hand. When administered correctly, Botox gently erases lines for a natural, rejuvenated look.
- Botox is not safe and carries a risk of serious complications. Botox was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002. Since then, it has been used effectively and safely by dermatologists all over the world. Although the active agent is botulinum toxin, a bacteria-derived substance that is associated with botulism, the risk of widespread infection is minimal. It is extremely rare for the substance to migrate from the injection site. Since approval, Botox, Dysport and Xeomin have been used by millions of patients for medical and cosmetic purposes.
- Botox can improve all signs of aging. While Botox is a great aid for smoothing out dynamic wrinkles (ones that result from facial movement), it cannot address static wrinkles, volume loss, and severe skin laxity. To restore volume or lift sagging skin, Dr. Goldenberg can recommend other treatment options.
- Anybody can give Botox injections. Although regulations vary from state to state, only authorized individuals can give Botox injections. But you should only trust your face to an experienced and qualified dermatologist who understands your personal aesthetic needs.
Reviewed by Dr. Goldenberg