10 Misconceptions and Truths About Botulinum Toxin A
Botulinum Toxin Injections.
Botulinum toxin A (popularly known by its trademark name Botox®) is a neurotoxin used as a muscle relaxant. Although widely used for medical purposes, it is best known for its miraculous ability to eliminate wrinkles and fine lines. Although the effects of anti-wrinkle injections are not permanent, the good news is that you can maintain a line-free complexion - as long as you are prepared to undergo treatments every 4-6 months.
As amazing as botulinum toxin is, it’s also unjustly infamous due to the misconceptions surrounding its use. If you are considering anti-wrinkle injections but are held back by doubts and fears, let us lift the clouds of mystery for you and debunk some of the most common misconceptions about cosmetic botulinum toxin injections.
10 Common Misconceptions About Botulinum Toxin Injections
Misconception #1: Botulinum toxin makes you look unnatural.
An unnatural look only results if you are the unfortunate recipient of an overdose or incorrectly placed injections. For these reasons, your Botulinum toxin injector must accurately calculate the dosage required and perform the treatment carefully. With anti-wrinkle injections, less is often more.
Misconception #2: Botulinum toxin injections are painful.
For botulinum toxin newbies, injections may seem as terrifying as an invasive facial cosmetic surgery. Unless you have trypanophobia (an extreme fear of needles), you needn’t worry about experiencing unmanageable levels of discomfort. Additionally, the prior application of topical anaesthetic can make botulinum toxin injections virtually pain-free.
Misconception #3: Botulinum toxin is toxic, poisonous and harmful to the human body.
One man’s poison is another man’s cure. It is essential to understand that botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin produced by organisms. When administered in an appropriate amount, it relaxes tensed muscles - the main cause of undesirable facial wrinkles.
Misconception #4: Botulinum toxin makes you look stoic and expressionless.
Some people fear that injecting botulinum toxin impedes facial movement and leaves them with a ‘poker face’. But as explained in misconception #3, botulinum toxin simply relaxes over-tensed muscles and prevents the development of deep furrows. In the hands of a skilful injector, you will be able to animate normally.
Misconception #5: You can become addicted to botulinum toxin.
Here’s one straight up fact: botulinum toxin A is not addictive, thus chemical addiction is out of the question. The only thing that may cause people to become “addicted” to anti-wrinkle injections is their desire to maintain a youthful visage, which isn’t a bad thing in itself. Certainly, you may elect to stop undergoing top-up injections at any time.
Misconception #6: Dermal fillers and botulinum toxin are the same thing.
Another misconception about botulinum toxin is that it is a type of dermal filler, which can make the face look ‘puffy’. As explained previously, botulinum toxin relaxes muscles; dermal fillers volumise. They should never be used to achieve the same objective.
Misconception #7: You will look worse once you stop using botulinum toxin.
Rumour has it that long-term botulinum toxin use has backfired on certain celebrities who’ve stopped relying on it. The reality is that celebrities – just like regular people continue to age normally. Botulinum toxin is not a scapegoat for the passage of time.
Misconception #8: Botulinum toxin travels to other areas.
Some fear that botulinum toxin will circulate around in the bloodstream and affect muscles in other areas of the body. If appropriate aftercare instructions are followed (you should avoid lying down or massaging the injected areas for several hours afterwards), botulinum toxin does not migrate or travel to adjacent areas.
Misconception #9: Botulinum toxin is only used for cosmetic purposes.
Botulinum toxin is so commonly associated with the medical aesthetics industry that its other uses are overshadowed. Botulinum toxin is used to treat muscle and neural dysfunctions, such as cervical dystonia, oesophageal achalasia, idiopathic and neurogenic detrusor over-activity, hyperhidrosis and even facial spasms.
Misconception #10: Botulinum toxin injections are prohibitively expensive.
While it is true that botulinum toxin injections were expensive when they were first approved, they are now relatively affordable for most people.