Among minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures, Botox remains the most popular year after year. In 2014, some 6.7 million Botox injections were administered to patients across the United States, up six percent from 2013. That figure is nearly three times the number of dermal filler procedures administered (2.3 million).

Despite the fact that Botox has been proven a highly effective, safe and popular option for smoother, tighter, younger looking skin, multiple myths and misconceptions persist. Among those we here most often here at Metropolitan Dermatology:

“Botox will make my face expressionless.”

It’s the most common, yet least valid claim. Botox does not, as many say, “freeze” your muscles. Instead, it works by blocking the release of the neurotransmitter chemical that causes muscles to contract. This allows muscles to relax and soften, smoothing wrinkles caused by repeated muscle contraction. You’re still able to express a full range of emotions, but the typical resulting crease is diminished.

“Botox is a dangerous toxin.”

It’s true that Botox, known as as botulinum toxin type A, is toxic in large amounts. However, when formulated for cosmetic use, it’s purified, diluted and administered in extremely minimal amounts – not nearly enough to be problematic. In fact, Botox also is medically prescribed to treat a range of conditions including chronic migraines, muscle spasms and excessive sweating.

“Botox is addictive.”

Patients who love their Botox results very often undergo repeat treatments to maintain smooth, firm complexions. But the product had no chemically addictive qualities. Plus, studies show that regular and responsible Botox use actually enhances patients’ psychological well-being.

Don’t be fooled by myths and misconceptions. Call your nearest Metropolitan Dermatology location in Clark, Kearney, Teaneck or Staten Island to find out how Botox can improve your look.


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