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Cosmetologist lists most widespread myths about Botox

Cosmetologist lists most widespread myths about Botox Myths about Botox (photo: Freepik)

The procedure of botulinum toxin therapy (commonly known as Botox) has been surrounded by numerous myths and misconceptions. Today, we will debunk the most common ones that every cosmetologist hears from patients in their office, according to Ukrainian cosmetologist Dr. Anna Tarsenko.

MYTH 1: Botox is poison and can harm your health

Botox was first used to treat blepharospasm back in the 1970s. Since then, it has been actively used to treat neuralgia, migraines, facial asymmetry, and tremors.

Children with cerebral palsy receive doses of botulinum toxin many times higher than those administered during a cosmetic procedure.

MYTH 2: Muscle atrophy occurs, and it's not supplied with blood

If this was true, there would be no need to repeat Botox injections. Within 3-6 months (and sometimes even sooner for some individuals), full restoration of facial expressions occurs.

The medication only blocks neuromuscular transmission, while blood vessels continue to function normally. Muscles do not die off; instead, facial expressions redistribute and become less active.

Косметолог назвала найрозповсюдженіші міфи про ботокс

Myths about Botox (photo: Freepik)

MYTH 3: I become addicted to injections

You can only become addicted to seeing your reflection looking good in the mirror. After the effects of the medication wear off, your facial expressions will return to normal, and you may choose not to continue with injections. There is no physical addiction.

MYTH 4: I'll start getting injections in my 40s or 50s, it's too early now

Facial expressions start forming fine lines even from a very young age. The more expressive you are, the more prominent these lines may appear on your face. While it's true that in youth, you may still be able to control your expressions to some extent, if you notice creases appearing early in the morning and they remain static, there's no need to wait until they become deeper.

"The procedure can be done from the age of 18 only if there are medical indications. Trust your health only to doctors, and all these myths won't scare you," noted Anna.

Also, read about the 5 cosmetic procedures it's better not to do.

This material is for informational purposes only and should not be used for medical diagnosis or self-treatment. Our goal is to provide readers with accurate information about symptoms, causes, and methods of detecting diseases. RBС-Ukraine is not responsible for any diagnoses that readers may make based on materials from the resource. We do not recommend self-treatment and advise consulting a doctor in case of any health concerns.