You’ve probably heard of BOTOX®️ and odds are you’re familiar with some of the solutions it promises. But BOTOX®️ is surrounded by myths and misinformation that you may also have heard about.
BOTOX®️ is the brand name for a skin therapy that uses a purified protein derived from the botulinum toxin to treat a number of skin conditions. This prescription medicine is injected into the treatment area to reduce muscle activity. For cosmetic purposes, BOTOX®️ is usually used in the face to temporarily ease or eliminate wrinkles and other facial lines, including crow’s feet. There are a number of myths and other common misconceptions about BOTOX®️ that can make deciding on treatment a tricky task.
You might have heard that BOTOX®️ can cause a number of unsightly side effects that make wrinkles the least of your problem. These rumors and concerns are mostly based on self-treatment or unlicensed individuals offering treatment. It is important to note that BOTOX®️ therapy should always be administered by a trusted, certified dermatologist. Buying or ordering BOTOX®️ online and attempting to treat yourself is dangerous for a few reasons. BOTOX®️ ordered online can be fake, impure, or downright dangerous. Trying to administer it yourself, even if it is truly legitimate, is a very bad idea.
Rather than listing all of these falsehoods, we will instead explore some of the real, possible side effects of BOTOX®️ injections. Fortunately, BOTOX®️ is very safe when administered in a medical setting. The main side effects of BOTOX®️ treatment are swelling, redness, bruising, soreness, and adjacent muscle weakness in the treatment site. In rare cases, minor headaches are reported. In incredibly rare cases (most often when BOTOX®️ is administered improperly) a botulism infection can occur. If you experience difficulty breathing, swallowing or speaking, contact your doctor immediately. Ultimately, BOTOX®️ treatment is a very safe and effective way to regain confidence in your appearance.
BOTOX®️ was created to treat dynamic wrinkles, but it is also used to treat quite a few medical conditions that are not cosmetic. BOTOX®️ treatments have been proven to help ease the symptoms of hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. While hyperhidrosis can affect the feet, hands, and face, BOTOX®️ treatments are generally reserved for the underarms. BOTOX®️ treatment works by blocking nerves that contain sweat glands, which reduces the amount of sweat the treated area produces.
BOTOX®️ therapy also treats muscular dysfunction caused by conditions like cerebral palsy, lazy eye, or cervical dystonia. Generally, these conditions are caused by overactive nerves contained in muscles. BOTOX®️ causes muscles to relax, easing the effects of muscle contractions. As with cosmetic treatments, the effects of BOTOX®️ are temporary, so treatment will be administered every few months if symptoms persist.
If you’ve watched a comedy in the last 15 years, you might have seen an onscreen character portrayed with a paralyzed, expressionless face who explains that they’ve had BOTOX®️. In reality, BOTOX®️ is administered to treat and relieve dynamic wrinkles for cosmetic reasons. Your dermatologist is targeting the muscles responsible for these wrinkles, not the muscles that make you smile or raise your eyebrow. BOTOX®️ therapy is very accurate, and the medicine is dosed to treat the specific muscles that make skin appear aged. BOTOX®️ treatment does not cause numbness or loss of sensation either.
The results of BOTOX®️ therapy are usually apparent about two weeks after treatment, and last anywhere between three and five months. Many people report that with multiple sessions of BOTOX®️ treatment, muscles can thin and results will last longer. There is no recovery time following BOTOX®️ treatment, and you can apply makeup as soon as the procedure is over.
BOTOX®️ therapy is not dangerous or risky when administered by a medical professional. If you’re considering BOTOX®️ treatment, reach out to a New England dermatologist to discuss your options and whether BOTOX®️ is right for you.