Since ist is highly misunderstood, the time has come to set the record straight and separate myth from reality.
Wrinkle Ellimination. Botulinum toxin was approved by the Food and Drug Administration of the USA (FDA) 16 years ago as an aesthetic, non invasive treatment. It is combating wrinkles (and not only that). Since then it has gained ground, while its popularity is still growing in 2018. This is not hard to understand. If one thinks that it answers the eternal question “how can I stop time and achieve a natural and youthful appearance?” At the same time, twisting of the truth, fact misrepresentation and creation of false impressions about this particular treatment have also grown. What is really true about Botulinum toxin? What is true and what is fiction, which instead of encouraging, stops those who dream of a blameless skin?
Wrinkle Ellimination. Let’s see the myths!
Myth #1: the treatment is painful and dangerous.
Truth: The use of Botulinum toxin is simple and fast. The needle used is extremely fine, so that the sensation of pricking is reduced to the minimum. In general, any discomfort at the points of application is instantaneous, while no undesired side effect has been observed, except for a few mild bruises in some cases which subside in the next days. More accurately, more than 30 million sessions have taken place globally after its approval, while Botulinum toxin has received a 95% positive rating by patients who tried it.
Myth#2: it is only for women.
Truth: This treatment has nothing to do with sex; therefore it is equally popular with men and women. Botulinum toxin is for anyone who is interested in reducing or removing the marks of time from their skin – man or woman.
Myth#3: it is considered a facial filler.
Truth: Botulinum toxin does not fill surface and deep skin lines, nor does it enhance the soft tissue of the face, in order to contribute to skin smoothing. To be more exact, it relaxes the muscles under the skin which cause lines and deep wrinkles.
Myth#4: it results in loss of expression in the face.
Truth: This particular treatment is aiming to improve the appearance of the face, not deform it. When it is applied by experienced and trusted medical staff, the result is a natural and youthful appearance without lines. Moreover, Botulinum toxin relaxes the muscles under the face lines, at the point of injection, so that all other elements of the facial expression remain unaltered.
Myth#5: Wrinkle Ellimination only works after the first fine lines have appeared.
Truth: Botulinum toxin, besides being a treatment for wrinkles and fine lines, also works as prevention, reducing the possibility of their appearance. So, since we know that they will at some point appear and where they will appear, we can prevent or delay the appearance of fine lines or the first wrinkles.
Myth#6: if you start while you are still young, you will never have problems with the marks of time.
Truth: The use of Botulinum toxin is indicated after a certain age. Let your skin mature and your muscles form. The age of 20 is too soon for someone to turn to Botulinum toxin, as the skin is still maturing. Consult a specialist to make sure that you can start.
Myth#7: more frequent use leads to more impressive results.
Truth: Since its action lasts usually for 4-6 months, it will be better to limit its use to 2-3 times a year. In more frequent applications, the body gets used to it, thus eliminating its action faster.
Myth#8: stopping it produces stronger wrinkles.
Truth: Botulinum toxin is not to blame about how fine or deep natural lines are. Although it certainly removes already existing ones, offering a youthful face, if you stop using it, the skin will over time regain the natural lines it had– neither more nor deeper ones than those.
Myth#9: there are creams in the stores which are equally and more effective.
Truth: No scientific research has shown that creams work better. On the contrary, creams are applied on the skin surface, while Botulinum toxin works below the surface in order to deactivate the muscles responsible for the appearance of wrinkles.
Myth#10: is only used for cosmetic purposes.
Truth: Although its more widespread use is in cosmetic medicine, it is used in many more medical instances, as it is medically proven to contribute to the treatment of hyperhidrosis, migraine, muscle spasms in the eyelid and the face etc.