BOTOX has gone through some hard times in past years as some people have persisted in believing false claims about it. In fact, you may be holding onto some of these common misconceptions yourself based on magazine articles you have read, television shows you have seen or discussions you have had with family and friends. However, you should know that most of the negative hype you hear about this treatment is totally false. BOTOX is incredibly safe and effective for millions of people around the world and in Birmingham.
It Is a Poison
Many people think of botulinum poisoning when they think of BOTOX. While it is true that BOTOX is made from the Clostridium botulinum organism, it is not poisonous or dangerous when used in the very small dosages that are used for aging. Instead, it is a simple neurotoxin that can temporarily paralyze the muscles of the face. The organism itself is found naturally in many environments.
It Makes the Face Look Frozen
This was one of the biggest arguments against BOTOX for many years. In fact, you may have seen someone who looked a bit unnatural after a treatment received years ago. However, we have come a long way in our dosing and delivery techniques. At Schaffer Plastic Surgery in Birmingham, we use many small injections throughout the area to create a natural-looking effect. You will still be able to smile, frown and squint your eyes quite well. The only difference will be that your skin will not crinkle as much when you do so.
It Can Get Rid of All of My Lines and Wrinkles
BOTOX is actually only approved to treat expression lines, which are those lines and wrinkles that form when you are making a facial expression. This treatment can treat these areas that appear smooth when your face is at rest but deepen with expressions. However, it cannot treat deep lines that remain in your face even when your muscles are at rest. These are best treated with dermal fillers.
It Is Permanent
One dose of BOTOX is not a permanent solution to your lines and wrinkles. Instead, you must continue getting this treatment to continue benefiting from its wrinkle-reducing powers. Initially, you should need treatments every three to four months. As time goes on, you may be able to wait six or more months between treatments. If you wait too long between treatments, your wrinkles will begin to reappear. However, your wrinkles will not be worse than they were before you started using this treatment. They will simply look the same way that they did before treatment.
As you can see, BOTOX is an amazing option for decreasing some small signs of aging on the skin. It can be performed in a completely natural-looking way allowing you to look like a younger version of yourself. If you are interested in learning more or trying it for yourself, set up an appointment with Schaffer Plastic Surgery in Birmingham today.