Botox® is a sterile lyophilized form of botulinum toxin type A. It is produced from a culture of the Hall strain of C. botulinum and purified by a series of acid precipitations to a crystalline complex containing the toxin and other proteins. The FDA approved Botox® in December 1989.
Botox is injected into the muscle and works at the muscular level to block the transmission of signals from the muscle to the brain causing the contraction of the muscle. It causes temporary relaxation of the muscle for approximately 3 months, and is safely metabolized from the muscle with no systemic effects on the body. Botulinum toxin has been used to treat patients since the 1980’s, so there have been many patient studies done to determine its safety.
So, here are a few of the most common misconceptions and a few of the truisms of this wonderful treatment.
Myth 1. It will make me look frozen
A major misconception in pop culture is to joke that Botox can make you look frozen or emotionless. This is a common concern when treating first time patients with botulinum toxin. A “frozen” look usually is a result of overdosage. An experienced injector would know how many units to inject to get the desired effect but also look natural.
Myth 2. Once you start, you can's stop
There are no addictive properties to Botox. People keep doing it because it makes them look younger and fresher. Patient’s state that they feel much more confident with their skin, and in turn, that is what makes them feel good.
Myth 3. Botox and Fillers are the same
These are totally different substances but can be used together (or separately) to treat age-related problems. The biggest difference between the two is that Botox is used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by paralyzing the underlying muscles; Fillers are used to fill in wrinkles, to reshape the volume of the lips, to increase the volume of your cheeks, to fill hollow temples and to improve the jawline in a natural way.
Myth 4. It's only for wrinkles
Botox serves various therapeutic purposes beyond its cosmetic applications. One prominent application of botulinum toxin is in the therapeutic management of orofacial pain. It proves beneficial for individuals who experience teeth clenching or grinding by weakening the chewing muscles, thereby contributing to the preservation of dental integrity. Additionally, Botox finds utility in treating patients with migraines characterized by overactive muscles. Furthermore, it offers relief for individuals dealing with hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) in the armpits, addressing a significant factor affecting self-confidence in such patients.
Myth 5. It isn't safe
According to American Academy of Facial Esthetics, although it is true that botulinum toxin is produced from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, that in its natural form can cause harm within the body. However, botulinum toxin A, that is used for the purposes of aesthetics, is a well purified protein. It cannot replicate in the body as the bacteria can to cause infection and is therefore perfectly safe to use in adults, who are not pregnant or breastfeeding.
Bonus Myth: It is only for women
One prevalent misconception regarding cosmetic treatments is the belief that they are mainly for women. In reality, both men and women age and desire a more youthful appearance. Fortunately, an increasing number of men are embracing cosmetic enhancements each year. Botox, in particular, provides favorable results for both genders. Many men seek treatments to reduce wrinkles and appear more approachable. Some believe that wrinkles not only make them look older but also convey a sense of anger.
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Botox Aftercare Instructions
For 4-6 hours after treatment avoid showers, washing hair, blow drying hair, & wearing hats.
4-6 hours after treatment avoid exercise or long walks, and massges where you are face down in a cradle.
Avoid air travel for 4-6 hours after the injection.
4-6 hours after treatment do not touch injected area or apply make up.
Keep upright for 4-6 hours after the injection. This is very important to minimize medication migration!
Avoid laser or heated treatments for at least 2 weeks post injection.
Common Side Effects & Risks
Most issues are mild and improve in a day or two. Redness, swelling, tenderness, headache, and bruising are possible. These can be relieved by applying ice to the area. Uncommonly, treatment may cause an allergic reaction, rash or infection.
Please call our office immediately if you have any concerns!
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