If you start a conversation with someone about cosmetic procedures, you will surely fall on the topic of Botox® injections. Fort Worth patients who are considering this treatment have likely already heard plenty about it, and not all of what they’ve heard is positive. However, there is a lot of misinformation when it comes to this procedure.
When considering Botox®, it’s important to have the facts you need to make an informed decision. Dr. Peter Damico has been perfecting and advancing the craft of injectables for more than a decade, deploying the latest techniques and technologies to give his patients results they will love.
MYTH #1: Botox® is a toxin and is unsafe in my body
The active ingredient is derived from a naturally occurring chemical that, when applied properly, has been shown for more than a decade to have minimal side effects, even after multiple treatments.
Any medical procedure comes with some degree of risk, but Botox® has proven to be among the safest procedures Fort Worth patients can have. It was approved by the FDA for cosmetic applications in 2002 and has even been labeled by some as a “lunch break procedure” because of the quickness and ease with which Dr. Damico can administer an injection. These injections are relatively painless and the common side effects are generally mild, such as pain or swelling, eye dryness, or headache.
MYTH #2: Botox® will freeze my face
One of many patients’ greatest fears is that this treatment will limit their ability to make facial expressions; fortunately, it’s also one of the greatest misconceptions.
An experienced injector “can treat you so that you reduce the muscles’ movement but remain natural,” says Heidi A.Waldorf, MD, of New York. “Just be clear with your physician about your goals. Remember less is more. Your doctor can always tweak for next time.”
When applied properly and strategically, the injections will limit motions in some facial muscles, but will not affect your ability to naturally express yourself. With proper medical supervision, Botox® should take away only the repetitive movements that lead to the appearance of wrinkles, not limit your ability to display emotions, like surprise or happiness!
MYTH #3: Botox® injections are only for patients with wrinkles
Many patients find that they want to explore their facial rejuvenation options through Botox® only after wrinkles begin to appear, but did you know that doesn’t have to be the case? Because it is used to treat wrinkles that form after repetitive muscle motions, Fort Worth patients don’t have to wait for wrinkles to appear before they start taking action. In fact, many people use it as a preventative measure to keep wrinkles such as crow’s feet and forehead lines from forming in the first place.
At Skin Care Fort Worth, age is just a number! We have patients who start getting Botox® injections in their twenties, and others who don’t begin the process until their fifties or sixties! It really is a personal decision, so if it’s something you feel like exploring, we’re here to help, even if it means just setting up an anti-wrinkle skin care regimen for you! And remember, your other anti-wrinkle best friend is SUNSCREEN!
MYTH #4: Botox® is just a cosmetic procedure
While Botox® is most often used for cosmetic purposes, researchers are always finding new ways to use it for treating a wide range of afflictions. It may have gained fame as a wrinkle eraser, but this injection is now being used for a variety of uses including the alleviation of TMJ symptoms.
“Botox is the ultimate renaissance treatment”
Aside from treating wrinkles, the injectable’s ability to limit muscle movement has also proven hugely useful in treating people who suffer from hyperhidrosis, better known as excessive sweatiness, a condition that affects more 3 million people globally. Botox® can be such a quick and easy fix for a problem that many find annoying or embarrassing. Additionally, because the treatment relaxes muscles, it has been shown to help people who suffer from migraines. Researchers have even documented a correlation between Botox® injections and an overall happier, less-stressful demeanor, which has led to advancements in treating depression.
MYTH #5: Once you start getting Botox® injections, you can’t stop
We do find that clients who get Botox® from Skin Care Fort Worth don’t usually want to stop, but that’s another story! This is a common concern that many patients have when they start getting Botox® injections, but there is no reason to think that your face will not go back to normal after the Botox® wears off.
“Your face will not look worse if you stop injections after your first treatment wears off,” says Melda A. Isaac, MD, of Washington D.C. “However, it will go back to the same condition it was in before and, of course, your face will continue to age with time.”
So don’t be afraid to give it a try, even if you aren’t quite ready to commit. “Even intermittent injections can relax the dynamic muscles that cause wrinkling sufficiently to slow down the aging process just a bit,” says Dr. Isaac.
To get more Botox FACTS, visit Dr. Peter Damico’s Botox® page! To schedule a free consultation or an appointment, fill out our contact form here!
Parts of this blog have been taken or adapted from RealSelf’s article, “5 Botox Myths, debunked”
Published Oct. 2018 by Irene