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Six Common Misconceptions about Botox

Six Common Misconceptions about Botox

Botox has been used as a cosmetic treatment for a couple of decades now. It was initially used to prevent eye spasms and then other facial spasms, but doctors quickly observed how fine lines and wrinkles were reduced in areas where it was used.

Today, it’s rare to find a dermatology clinic or plastic surgery practice that doesn’t offer Botox injections. At The Kole Plastic Surgery Center in Southampton, Pennsylvania, we utilize Botox® Cosmetic to reduce a patient’s forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet and lines between their eyebrows. It delivers impressive results without surgery in Southampton. Over the years, many myths and misconceptions have arisen about Botox and its use, and we’d like to dispel a few of them in this article.

1 – Botox Is a Toxin, So It Can’t be Safe Longterm, right?

While Botox is technically a toxin, it’s totally false to say that it’s not safe. This substance is only used for cosmetic purposes by trained professionals who handle its injection.

 It would take about 30 times the amount that is normally injected to treat fine lines and wrinkles to harm you in any way. Also, it has been approved by the FDA for use in this manner. 

They utilize a rigorous process to approve medications, procedures or medical devices, so the fact that they have approved it for this use is a significant argument for its safety.

2 – Botox Will Make Your Face Frozen & Expressionless

When it comes to physical expressions that show others how we feel, our face is the place where so much of this happens. This has given rise to one fear about Botox that it inhibits our ability to express ourselves. This is, however, simply untrue. This myth may stem from some having shined a light on cases of Botox use that were improperly done.

This misconception is why it’s important to go to a licensed, trusted and qualified plastic surgery practice to get injections. At The Kole Plastic Surgery Center, we have been open and providing such treatments for nearly two decades. 

Our plastic surgeon, Dr. Edward S. Kole, routinely handles far more complicated cosmetic procedures and surgeries such as liposuction and tummy tucks in the Philadelphia area, administering Botox® Cosmetic, therefore, is a routine procedure for him that he has plenty of experience with.

3 – Botox Treatment Is Permanent

There are probably many who have received Botox injections who wish that this were true. It would definitely offer excellent value for your money if you just have it done once and then it lasts for the rest of your life. Nothing lasts forever, though, and Botox is no exception. Its effects last for about three to four months after it’s injected.

4 – No One Uses Botox in a Preventive Manner

Doesn’t it sound silly to go down to a plastic surgeon to get Botox injections if you have no fine lines or wrinkles? Actually, no it is not so silly. The notion that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure can apply to wrinkles as well. 

Some people do start using Botox at a younger age to prevent getting wrinkles in the first place. This may be particularly common in professions that are highly sensitive when it comes to appearance such as with models or actresses, but it is sometimes used in this preventative manner.

5 – Botox Injections are Only for Women

In our Instagram age, where everyone is trying to look their best, men have increasingly been getting in on cosmetic injections as well as laser treatments and other similar improvements. Any stigmas that may have existed for men in the past to avail themselves of such procedures are falling by the wayside and deservedly so.

6 – Botox And Fillers Are The Same Thing

Botox and dermal fillers such as Hyaluronic acid, commonly known as Juvederm & Restylane, are totally different substances that are both injected with a needle. Botox and dermal fillers both work for the conditions they’re specifically approved for and created to treat. For example, static (non-muscular) wrinkles or folds in the skin, dermal fillers are the better option because Botox can’t help in that instance.

Since no one treatment fits all of anyone’s anti-aging wrinkle reduction needs, both Botox & Fillers can be used together, or used separately, to treat age-related problems and for cosmetic enhancements. 

If you are considering enjoying the benefits of Botox® Cosmetic, please contact us at the Kole Plastic Surgery Center. Beyond injectables such as Botox, we excel at a full range of plastic surgery procedures. 

These include butt augmentation and fat removal in the Philadelphia area. Whatever you wish to discuss about injectables or cosmetic surgery in Southampton, Dr. Kole can give you the information you need to make an informed decision during your consultation.

Contact the Kole Plastic Surgery Center today at (215) 315-7655 to schedule a complimentary consultation.

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