Myths and Facts About Botox

Botox® treatments, used both for cosmetic and other health care concerns such as excessive sweating and migraines, become more popular every year. Dr. David Stoll, MD, offers Botox treatments to patients from his Beverly Hills, California, practice. Botox patients are often highly satisfied with their results. However, you may have heard things about Botox that aren’t exactly true. We debunk these myths and inform you on what the real science is when it comes to Botox.

Myth: Botox isn't safe

Fact: Botox treatments in the small amounts used for cosmetic procedures are considered to be safe. Even though Botox comes from botulinum toxin type A, produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, a potentially life-threatening substance, you don't need to worry about professionally administered Botox treatments. The effects of the toxin depend on the quantity being administered. Cosmetic procedures only use targeted doses, statistically even safer than therapeutic uses, which may involve larger amounts of the toxin.

When carried out correctly, cosmetic Botox has virtually no side effects. You may experience mild side effects and complications, including:

If you experience serious side effects like muscle weakness, vision or speech problems, or loss of bladder or breath control, you should see a doctor right away. Don't use Botox if you're pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you're allergic to cow's milk protein.

Myth: Botox leaves you unable to make normal expressions

Fact: Proper Botox treatments only target specific areas, leaving the rest of your face free to move expressively. Botox works to temporarily paralyze muscles in your face, smoothing your skin's surface and leaving your skin looking fresher and younger. The Botox blocks the chemical signals emanating from your nerves from reaching your brain, preventing a specific muscle from contracting.

If too much of your facial musculature gets “frozen” by Botox, you may lose a degree of expressiveness. With experience and precision targeting, though, a skilled doctor can maintain your facial expressiveness while still freshening your overall look with targeted injections to reduce lines. These are some of the areas where Dr. Stoll offers Botox treatment:

Botox treatments can be used around your mouth, but with a higher risk of a “frozen” facial appearance.

Myth: Botox is just for cosmetic issues

Fact: Botox can be used for a number of concerns, in addition to its cosmetic applications. Conditions that can be treated with Botox include:

If you're ready to get started with Botox, or would like to schedule a consultation to discuss what Botox can do for your health issues or aesthetic goals, Dr. Stoll can assist you every step of the way. To make an appointment, call our office, or use the online booking tool.

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