Six Misconceptions About Botox

Posted on June 20, 2022

Even though Botox has been in the market with FDA approval for over two decades, and has grown immensely in popularity and public awareness in that time, there are many things that modern techniques and treatments provide that are no longer true about the previous stereotypes of Botox.

Botox Will Not “Freeze” Your Face

Early tropes of people who got Botox (thinking specifically about a certain scene from the 2004 movie Mean Girls) were that it completely freezes your facial muscles, leaving you expressionless and very obviously “worked-on.” However, this has rarely been the actual case from experienced, board-certified dermatologists like Dr. Kalimullah and Dr. Cavanaugh who are well-trained on the injection technique.

Using a conservative amount of Botox in highly precise areas has little effect on the overall expressions of the face, serving rather to minimize crinkles or wrinkling that occurs in places like the corners of the mouth and eyes.

Botox is Not Just A Cosmetic Drug

Botox was actually initially developed to help treat eye spasm disorders such as uncontrollable blinking and crossed eyes. It was later approved for treating cervical dystonia, or severe neck and shoulder contractions, before being confirmed in 2002 for use in wrinkles that occur between the eyebrows.

In the years since initial FDA approval, Botox has also been approved for other cosmetic and medical issues, including helping with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, chronic migraines, and even excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis. Scientists are constantly looking for new applications for Botox both cosmetically and medically to help improve the lives of people with this simple treatment.

Botox isn’t Toxic

Although derived from a potentially dangerous compound, botulinum toxin, Botox undergoes rigorous purification processes to ensure the molecule that is bottled for use at CDAM has no chance of causing widespread or serious issues, especially when injected by an expert like our dermatologists. Plus, the concentration of the toxin is so dilute that you would need hundreds of vials’ worth of Botox injections before any signs of a serious condition would appear.

Botox is Not Addictive

Whether you’ve had a year’s worth of injections or 10 years’ worth, you’re no less able to stop treatment with no side effects. There are no addictive properties to Botox’s formula, and no negative events will happen besides the re-appearance of the wrinkles that were cleverly disguised with the relaxed muscles. People continue to get Botox injections year after year not because they have no choice, but because they love their results.

Botox Injections are Not Painful

Botox, like other injectables, is a nearly painless process that rarely results in visible side effects like redness or bruising. Most patients can expect a slight amount of swelling, especially after their first few treatments, but all these side effects subside quickly, allowing you to return to your normal life without painkillers or lots of concealer.

Botox Treats More Than One Type of Wrinkle

As mentioned earlier, Botox has been approved for everything from wrinkle treatment to excessive sweating. Likewise, its cosmetic uses are highly versatile, meaning that no matter what your specific wrinkle issue is, it’s possible Botox can help smooth out and rejuvenate that area. Botox is used around the eyes, forehead, mouth, eyebrows, and even lips for various enhancements – always ask your injection specialist what uses they offer for Botox.

Botox Injections in Chicago, IL

Trust your Botox injections to the experts, who will help you see smoother, more youthful skin in the treatment are of your choice with quick and simple treatments once every few months. Get to know why so many other Americans love Botox for their dynamic wrinkles by calling us or contacting us online today to schedule your first consultation.