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Botox Myths

Published March 19th, 2015

Hating the lines on your forehead but still hesitating to get Botox? Here's the skinny on one of my favorite beauty treatments.

"I'm afraid I'll look wierd."
With proper technique, a very natural, more youthful result can be achieved. Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin can smooth the "eleven" lines between the eyebrows, which make people appear angry, even when they're not. It can relax lines across the forehead, as well as crow's feet. It can stop wrinkles on the nose (bunny lines), a dimpled chin (golf ball chin), and tight neck bands. A board certified dermatologist with cosmetic experience has the training necessary for beautiful, natural, "non-wierd" results.

"I don't think it's safe."
Botox has been used in millions of patients worldwide for more than 20 years in the treatment of both medical and cosmetic conditions. While there are certain patients that should not have the treatment (those with an allergy to the product, certain neuromuscular conditions, those pregnant or nursing), when used correctly, it is overall a very safe treatment, with serious side effects being extremely rare.

"I don't want to look worse once it wears off."
The effects of Botox last about three months. It works by temporarily stopping the release of a chemical from nerves called acetylcholine which instructs muscles to contract. After a short period of time, the nerves begin releasing the chemical again, and the muscle will contract, just like they did before. Wrinkles will return to what they were before the treatment.

Botox injections are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed worldwide. With no cutting or downtime, a little can go a long way.

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