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Botulinum toxin type A is the most commonly used cosmetic treatment which is getting immensely popular these days, you might think botox is only for the privileged but research shows that many people are going under the needle by relatively inexperienced hands.It is more like an enigma for many and hence so many myths have developed around botox. Bad press about celebs with botox gone wrong, literal botox abuse may be one of the reasons, the real story never comes out. This post will throw some light on many common myths surrounding the use of botox.
To let you know, Botulinum toxin is derived from a bacterium called clostridium botulinum, which is harmful to humans by causing a form of food poisoning called Botulism.But as a matter of fact, for cosmetic purposes, minute amount is used which is potentially harmless.Thousands of medicines we use regularly are as poisonous as botox.
Botox is still used to treat migraines by way of which doctors discovered that this helped reduce wrinkles, hence it started being used as a way to relax muscles.But injected at the wrong muscles, this can be harmful, hence choose a certified doctor only.
1. Myth: Botulinum toxin is harmful and poisonous.
This is not true, this is a licensed and safe and is to be delivered with prescription only.This is developed under strict conditions.
2. Myth: Botox is used only for cosmetic treatment.
No, botolinum can be used for the treatment of muscle spasms, eye twitches and migraine as well.
3. Myth: Botox is a surgical procedure.
No, this procedure is non-invasive, no anesthesia is required, treatment is injected only into specific muscles and post treatment, routine activities can be carried on,no recovery time is required.The sensation of the injection is compared to a mosquito bite, by patients.
4.Myth: Botox makes you expressionless.
This is again a result of bad press. The treatment is targeted very carefully to freeze only specific muscles, if done properly, the muscles do move and the expressions are softer, not frozen.
5.Myth: This is a permanent treatment.
This treatment essentially blocks nerve impulses of specific muscles, over a period of three to four months, the nerves recover and function normally.
6. Myth: Botox is expensive and not very commonly accessible.
Initially, we saw only the rich, famous and celebs use it, but now nurses and dentists can also be certified to deliver the treatment, make sure you choose a qualified, registered and insured practitioner.
7.Myth: You need to carry on taking the injections.
This is the result of good effects like fading of lines and wrinkles hence people choose to take it again and again like 4 times a year should suffice if you do need to carry it on, it is perfectly fine to have periods of no injections in between if you choose to not have botox done.
8.Myth: This treatment has many side effects.
The side effects are almost nil, the clients are explained about the the discomfort or any other temporary side effects that might occur.
9.Myth: The treatment is only for the old.
People after the thirties often choose to go for it, but nowadays, lesser than 30 age group is also choosing to get botox done to get rid of premature wrinkles.
10.Myth: Botox can cause droopy eyelids.
Like I mentioned above, when done correctly, this side effect can be avoided, less than 2% patients may suffer with droopy eyelids temporarily after the treatment.
11.Myth: Botox injections are toxic to the body.
Botox is safe for the body, because the concentration of the toxin is very low. The minute toxin is delivered to a specific muscle hence there is no way the toxin would spread to other muscles as well.
Did you know this toxin is used to treat migraines, sweaty armpits, palms and feet, neck lift, reduce pores and crow’s feet and fine lines? No wonder it is called a magic drug by many.
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