A lot of people have preconceived ideas and thinking about Botulinum toxin A, more commonly known as Botox. I myself, was one of those people and was resistive to providing the treatments as I didn't want to make people look "fake" or plastic. Due to demand from my lovely clients, I decided to get trained and haven't looked back since. Botox has helped me with my Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) (jaw clenching and grinding my teeth) where nothing else had. Getting the treatment itself is what my clients and I deem as uneventful (meaning it's not scary, painful and it's over with before you know it) but the results are just awesome. I thought it would be worthwhile to look at some myths and facts of this more normalised and popular treatment.
Myth 1: Botulinum toxin A(Btx A) is unsafe.
FACT: Botox has a long and well-established safety history. While you may know Botox Cosmetic as a wrinkle treatment, it has actually been in use for over 30 years for a range of medical conditions and is one of the most widely researched medicines in the world. It is reassuring to know that Botox is the most popular cosmetic treatment in the world with an estimated 16 million treatments performed since it was first approved. In addition, it has received a 97% satisfaction rating among users.
Myth 2: Botox will give me a frozen, plastic or expressionless look.
FACT: Frozen or expressionless look is usually a result of more Botox in one specific area. At Project Physique we prefer to treat clients in a way that they will have a natural look and not frozen. It is also highly dependent on what look you want to achieve, some clients like a more frozen look while others don’t. To be sure, talk to Fei about what you want to achieve. Botox reduces muscle activity but does not radically change it.
Myth 3: Botox can erase all my wrinkles.
FACT: There are two types of wrinkles: Dynamic wrinkles which are wrinkles developed from facial muscular movement and static wrinkles that are a result of ageing and sun exposure. Botox treats dynamic wrinkles by relaxing the muscle which improves the appearance of these wrinkles. Static wrinkles, on the other hand, do not respond to Botox. Treatment of static wrinkles may require a combination of other aesthetic treatment, such as dermal fillers, fibroblasts plasma or collagen induction therapy. It is also important to note, dependent on how deep the wrinkles are, Botox softens or smooth out deep wrinkles and may not necessarily "get rid" of wrinkles altogether as it takes time for your skin to regenerate. Botox treats muscle that creases the skin and not skin.
Myth 4: If you stop getting Botox, it will make you look older.
FACT: Botox will prevent your wrinkles from worsening when you keep up with your treatments. If you decide to stop having Botox treatments, you will slowly lose the muscle relaxing effect of Botox and will resume the normal development of wrinkles with facial movement. Botox will not worsen wrinkles formation but instead wrinkles will slowly return to how they were initially, prior to treatment.
Myth 5: Botox injections are painful.
FACT: Botox treatments are often referred to as the “lunchtime procedure” because it’s quick and there is little to no downtime. The needles are very fine, which means that you would only feel a slight sting during the injection.
Myth 6: Botox is addictive.
FACT: No addictive properties are reported to be in a Botox solution, so there is no potential to make an individual physically addicted to the drug. People become dependent on cosmetic results of a Botox injection because it makes them feel and look younger and fresher.
Myth 7: Botox is toxic and will travel throughout my body
FACT: Botox is a purified protein complex derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum toxin. Botox itself will not cause any infection in the body. It will not travel throughout the body, as it locks locally at the site of injection.
Myth 8: Botox has immediate effects.
FACT: Botox works by temporarily blocking nerve signals that cause muscle contractions. Generally, it starts working within 3-4 days post injection, and it takes 7-14 days to see maximum results.
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