BOTOX Cosmetic® - Myths and Facts

Myth #1: BOTOX Cosmetic® is unsafe.
FACT: BOTOX Cosmetic® has a long and well-established safety history. While you may only know BOTOX Cosmetic® as a wrinkle treatment, it has actually been in use for over 18 years for the effective treatment of a range of medical conditions and is one of the most widely researched medicines in the world.
It is reassuring to know that BOTOX Cosmetic® is the most popular physician-administered cosmetic treatment in North America with an estimated 16 million treatments performed since it was first approved. In addition, it has received a 97% satisfaction rating among users.

Myth #2: BOTOX Cosmetic® will result in the loss of facial expression.
FACT: BOTOX Cosmetic® is intended to enhance the way you look, not change it. When administered by an experienced physician, you can still smile, frown and animate. The treatment only relaxes the muscle beneath the lines at the point of injection, so the other elements of facial expression remain active. It also has no effect on the sensory nerves, so you will have normal feeling in the treated areas.

Myth #3: BOTOX Cosmetic® is botulism (food poisoning).
FACT: BOTOX Cosmetic® is not botulism. It is a purified protein and a finished medical prescription product proven to be very safe through extensive research and testing.

Myth #4: BOTOX Cosmetic® treatment is painful.
FACT: A BOTOX Cosmetic® treatment is quick and simple. A very fine needle and small amount of liquid is used, so the pain associated with the injection is minimal. No anaesthetic is required, and you can resume normal activities immediately.

Myth #5: BOTOX Cosmetic® injections can be given anywhere.
FACT: BOTOX Cosmetic® is a technique-sensitive procedure. Make sure to visit a well-trained aesthetic-specialty physician for your treatment, and discuss the optimal results you would like to achieve. BOTOX Cosmetic® should only be administered in appropriate medical settings.

Myth #6: BOTOX Cosmetic® is expensive.
FACT: The cost of BOTOX Cosmetic® varies depending on the amount of product needed to achieve optimal results and the areas of the face that are being treated. As an example, BOTOX Cosmetic® typically ranges from $300-$500 to treat the frown lines between the eyebrows. Since the positive effects of a BOTOX Cosmetic® treatment can last up to four months, the cost is about $3-$5 per day.

Myth #7: There are creams that are better than BOTOX Cosmetic®.
FACT: There is no scientific evidence that supports that creams work better than BOTOX Cosmetic®. Creams work well on the surface of the skin. BOTOX Cosmetic® works below the surface of the skin to relax the muscles that cause lines and wrinkles to form.

Myth #8: BOTOX Cosmetic® is a filler.
FACT: Unlike facial fillers, BOTOX Cosmetic® doesn't fill in facial lines or restore volume loss. It relaxes the muscles underneath the skin that cause the lines. Facial fillers like JuvédermTM help to fill in facial lines and give back volume that is lost over time.

Myth #9: BOTOX Cosmetic® and BOTOX are the same.
FACT: Many people may be surprised to know that there are two types of BOTOX: BOTOX is used for the treatment of serious medical conditions, while BOTOX Cosmetic® is used in much smaller dosages for the treatment of facial wrinkles and lines. BOTOX and BOTOX Cosmetic® should not be confused as they are used to treat different conditions, using very different dosages.

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