Written by: Stephanie Marie Borjas, FNP-C (she/her/ella)
Botox is neurotoxin treatment by Allergan pharmaceuticals that is FDA approved for treating fine lines and wrinkles caused by the repeated contraction of muscle movement. Its popularity in mainstream media can bring about product awareness but confusion regarding its safety and efficacy. Here are 5 Botox myths: debunked!
1- Botox is only used for women:
Not at all! Botox is used for all genders wishing to improve the appearance of wrinkles. The use of botox has become more popular among men aged 30-65, primarily those who want to treat crows feet & deep forehead lines. The only difference in botox use between men & women is the dosage. Men tend to have stronger pull in their facial muscles so will require a higher dosage.
2- Botox is only used for beauty:
Botox is primarily used for cosmetic purposes but also serves a therapeutic role!
Botox can be used to treat chronic migraines, neck spasms, lazy eye, overactive bladder and excessive sweating! Botox can also be injected into the masseter muscles of the jaw to help with TMJ symptoms such as grinding & clenching!
3- You can only use Botox if you already have wrinkles
Botox can be used in clients to prevent the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles. Botox can be used to “train” the muscles of the face to not pull so hard, which results in a smoother face. Over time, the formation of deep wrinkles is prevented.
4- Your wrinkles will get worse if you stop using botox.
Botox brings temporary results, ranging from 3 to 6 months. Discontinuing the use of Botox will not cause wrinkles to worsen, but gradually reappear.
5- “Botox will make my face frozen. I won’t be able to smile or express myself!”
“Its all in the wrist!” Technique is everything when it comes to Botox. With a knowledgeable, certified Botox injector, you won’t have to worry about being over treated! When done correctly, Botox can take care of those fine lines & wrinkles for a natural appearance.