Debunking Botox Myths

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Botox injections are a standard treatment for wrinkles in the forehead, frown lines and crow's feet in cosmetic medicine. Despite being tried and tested for over 20 years, misinformation and myths surrounding Botox have no end.

Below, you will learn what Botox is and how it works. Then we will discuss the myths surrounding the procedure. We hope this helps as you determine whether to get a consultation for Botox.

What is Botox?

Clostridium botulinum, a bacteria, produces a neurotoxin called Botulinum toxin or Botox. It has both medical use in controlling eye/neck spasms and cosmetic usage to treat wrinkles and fine lines.

How Does Botox Treatment Work?

In Botox treatments, direct injection is done on the wrinkle or frown lines. The chemical breaks the nerve connection of tissues, paralyzing the skin. As a result, the affected area begins to smooth out.

Myths Surrounding Botox Treatment for Wrinkles


Myth 1 - Botox Freezes Your Face

Most people who consider Botox treatments worry about their face looking frozen after the treatment. This does not happen when done by an experienced professional. The idea is to start small for new patients and then keep increasing the dosage according to their needs.

Myth 2 - You Will Not Be Able to Move Your Face at All

People also worry that Botox might leave you with an expressionless face. An experienced practitioner will determine the right amount of Botox required depending upon your muscle type and suitability. This again shows the importance of getting Botox treatment from a professional.

Myth 3 - Botox Treatment Results in Long-Term Wrinkles

The effects of Botox treatments are temporary and start to disappear after a few months of initial treatment or after you stop treatment. However, this results in wrinkles coming back to the skin and, in no way whatsoever, results in advanced aging. Despite Botox treatments, the untreated areas continue to age gradually.

Botox treatments are not permanent. You can use them for an event or take them for years. Nevertheless, once you stop, your wrinkles will reappear.

Myth 4 - Botox is Only for Women

Wrinkles affect men and women equally. Botox can be used for treating both men and women. The cosmetics and cosmetic surgery field for men are gaining traction as more men become interested in such treatments. The only difference is in the dosage amount as men's muscles are larger than women and require more.

Nuveau Plastic Surgery - Pioneers in Plastic Surgery and Botox

All your reservations about starting Botox treatment will disappear when you take treatments at a professional clinic. Nuveau Plastic Surgery offers a wide range of services for their patients like Facelifts, Botox & Fillers, Emsculpt, Liposuction, Breast Augmentation, and more. Our office is located in Houston, TX. You can book an online appointmenthere.

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