If you want to camouflage wrinkles and restore a more youthful appearance, your dermatologist may recommend some Botox injections. These injections have been used for decades, and many patients are happy with the results. However, you may have some concerns as you start considering whether Botox injections are the right choice for you. This is understandable, as there are some risks with any medical procedure, no matter how minor. You should know, though, that the following concerns about Botox are often overblown and exaggerated.
Concern: Botox will make you look plastic
If you want your face to look so stiff and toned that you appear to be made from plastic or to have had extensive surgery, your dermatologist can certainly give you that look. However, most people want to maintain a more natural appearance with their Botox, and your dermatologist can achieve that by using fewer injections and placing the injections a little further apart. Botox does not categorically make your face look stiff and plastic; you have to use quite a lot to purposely create that appearance. Most celebrities who have this "plastic" look have had plastic surgery, not just Botox.
Concern: Botox will poison you or make you sick
Botox is a toxin produced by a species of bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. Because of this, many people are concerned that the injections will somehow poison them. The thing is, the toxin only causes illness and toxic reactions if it comes into contact with your vital organs. When you get Botox injections, the toxin is very carefully placed beneath your skin, where it only causes the localized, muscle-paralyzing reaction that gives you that smooth, wrinkle-free look. Complications are rare, especially if you have Botox injected by a qualified dermatologist.
Concern: Botox is addictive
You may have heard that once you start getting Botox, you have to keep getting Botox. In other words, it's addictive. This is not the case. Botox injections do only last about 6 months, so if you want to maintain your younger, wrinkle-free look, you will need to keep getting injections. But you really can quit anytime you want. You won't have any side effects or withdrawal symptoms.
Hopefully, you now feel more comfortable about getting Botox injections. If you have any lingering concerns other than those outlined above, talk to your doctor. They can give you the most up-to-date, accurate information about these cosmetic injections.
To learn more about Botox treatment, contact a local cosmetic surgeon.