Myths and Facts About Botox You Should Know

Botox® will make you emotionless. Botox is poisonous. Botox is addictive. No, no, and no! Myths about this popular cosmetic treatment abound, and what has assumed a role as conventional wisdom would have you think that Botox is the worst of all available cosmetic treatments. 

Of course it’s not, says Dr. Leroy Charles, expert OB/GYN and medical aesthetician at Women’s Pavilion of the Palm Beaches. In fact, Botox may be one of the safest and most effective treatments you could possibly choose as you get older. With that, we bust five myths about Botox. 

1. Myth: Botox freezes your face

The truth: Botox doesn’t (and can’t) “freeze” your face.

Though Botox works on your small facial muscles, it won’t freeze your face or give you an emotionless appearance. Botox doesn’t affect the larger facial muscles responsible for smiling or laughing. Of course, the quality of your results depends on your provider. Dr. Charles is proud to provide the best Botox treatments in the Greenacres, Florida, region. 

2. Myth: Botox lasts forever

The truth: Unfortunately, you need touchup appointments.

Botox isn’t permanent, but injections typically last 4-6 months. Depending on the severity of your concern, you may need 2-3 Botox appointments each year. Dr. Charles can help you come up with a treatment plan that keeps your skin looking young and bright.

3. Myth: Botox is toxic and dangerous

The truth: Botox has been FDA-approved for cosmetic treatments since 2002.

The notion that Botox is toxic comes from its origin: Botox is a purified protein derived from botulinum toxin, the bacteria responsible for botulism. One well-known complication of botulism is muscle paralysis. Botox works by restricting movement in your facial muscles to prevent and mask wrinkles, but it remains at the injection site and doesn’t spread throughout your body as a toxin would. 

4. Myth: Botox only works for wrinkles

The truth: Many doctors use Botox to treat medical conditions.

While Botox is widely used as a cosmetic treatment for wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging in the skin, doctors also use Botox to treat a variety of medical conditions. Some common medical uses of Botox include migraines, excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), neck spasms (cervical dystonia), and lazy eye (amblyopia). Botox has been approved for medical use since 1989.

5. Myth: Botox is addictive

The truth: Botox is not a drug, and it doesn’t have addictive qualities.

Botox itself has no potential to provoke an addiction — it’s not a drug or a drug-like substance. People may joke about Botox being addictive because it feels good to love your appearance. However, a good Botox provider will tell you when you should hold back on injections and not let patients get so many that the look becomes botched. 

If you’re struggling with your appearance, self-esteem, confidence, or related issues, consider discussing those concerns with your health care provider. Your doctor may be able to refer you to a counselor or therapist who can help. 

To learn more about Botox or to schedule an appointment, call the Women’s Pavilion of the Palm Beaches office in Greenacres, Florida, at 561-264-2055 or book your appointment online. You can also send a message to Dr. Charles and the team here on the website.

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