2nd March 2018

For various reasons, Botox is one of the most popular forms of cosmetic treatments. But despite this popularity, there are still a few things that people get wrong like what it does or doesn’t do and who shouldn’t have Botox. Of course, talking to a doctor helps determine what’s best for you but until you step into the doctor’s office, how much do you know about Botox and how much of it is true? In this blog, we explore some of the common Botox myths and dispel them.

Myth: Botox is only for women

Fact: Believe it or not, the number of men in Northern Ireland who get Botox increases significantly every year with some of them starting as early as at the age of 30 years. And contrary to what we would expect, it’s not the stereotype men that care about their looks or grooming that are getting Botox. The opposite is true with some men getting Botox so that they can be lady magnets!

Myth: Botox is just wrinkles

Fact: If you though Botox is just for wrinkles or cosmetic purposes, think again. Botox injections are sometimes used to treat medical conditions like migraines by reducing strain on the nervous system as well as muscle tension. They are also used to block sweat glands thus helping patients who suffer from depression and reducing excessive sweating. Other uses of Botox injections include reducing bladder inconsistence, minimizing activity of inflammatory cells, breast lift and weight loss.

Myth: No one is too young for Botox

Fact: You may think that age is just but a number but when it comes to medical treatments and procedures, age is more than just a number. Anyone below the age of 18 is too young for Botox injections. In fact, most doctors don’t recommend this form of treatment for people below the age of 25 years.

Myth: If you stop getting Botox, your wrinkles will become worse

Fact: Yes. Stopping Botox can have a negative effect but while it doesn’t make wrinkles worse, they go back to the way they used to be before. Having stopped Botox injections, the skin slowly loses the relaxing effect it sued to get from the treatment and with time, normal development of wrinkles resumes. The results of Botox aren’t permanent but those who get more regularly can enjoy the results for longer periods of time after a while.

Judith

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