Botulinum toxin injection is the most common procedure in cosmetology (at least in the USA): in 2015, 6.7 million procedures were performed (!). Because of its popularity, botulinum therapy has gained many myths and rumours. What is true and what fiction GoBeauty will tell today.
Myth 1: Botulinum toxin is a poison that is dangerous to inject
Truth: Botox is a poison, like most other drugs. The dose and the correct choice of the drug are important. There are several types of the type A botulinum toxin. Cosmetologists advise choosing time-tested and the world community drugs such as Botox and Dysport. Its composition and features are well known, production is worked out, transportation and storage are under control. Competent doctors know the differences and nuances of usage. Choose a cosmetologist with medical education and proven qualifications, then the result will be excellent.
Myth 2: Botulinum toxin injections turn the face into a mask
Truth: If the dosage of the drug is chosen correctly and it was introduced at the right points, your face will not turn into a mask and you will be able to express emotions. This is the skill and talent of the doctor to choose points and dosages so that wrinkles are smoothed, but you could express your emotions. Therefore, once again we remind you of a responsible attitude to the choice of specialist.
Myth 3: Botox can only be injected after 30 years
Truth: According to the instructions, botulinum toxin can be used for cosmetic purposes from 18 to 65 years.
Myth 4: Botox has many side effects, it is better not to inject it
Truth: All drugs have side effects. Probably no one can say whether you will have them or not. But they are extremely rare. To reduce all risks for cosmetic procedures, especially invasive, visit only licensed professionals who can assess your characteristics and risks.
Myth 5: Subsequently, there is immunity to injections
Truth: It is known that the human body gets used to everything. Frequent injections over several years can cause the production of natural antibodies that neutralize the action of botulism toxin. Such a possibility does exist. However, German scientists have found that complete intolerance to the drug occurs in women and men who make injections for 10-15 years. Some people have innate immunity to the type A neurotoxin botulism. In this case, the injections will not work from the beginning. However, such people are about 3% of the total.
In most cases, with prolonged use of Botox, there is a reduction in its duration. After 8-9 courses, the duration of the effect may be reduced by 3 weeks or a month. There is no data on further reduction of the effect.