Myths and misconceptions about botox

By Thanisorn Thamlikitkul
Special to The Nation

Cosmetic procedures are rising in popularity. In 2018 alone Thailand saw 140,123 procedures, according to the data released by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. That makes Thailand the fifth highest for cosmetic procedures in the world. Despite that, the stigma around the most popular cosmetic procedure like Botulinum Toxin injection, still remains. As a dermatologist, I’ve seen many people working hard to take care of their beauty but falling for some of the big myths about botox treatment. Let me share some of the most common:

One of the biggest myths about botulinum toxin is that it causes “frozen face”. It’s described as not being able to make facial expressions. The truth is the botulinum toxin has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration and is used in relaxing, not freezing, the muscles from contracting.

Wrinkles are formed by repetitive contraction of facial muscles. Injection of regulated quantities of botulinum toxin into specific overactive muscles causes muscle relaxation. This results in smoothing out frown lines, forehead lines and crow’s feet temporarily — for 4-6 months. Each treatment is customisable, by only injecting small doses of botulinum toxin into specific muscles. One can have a natural softening of unwanted wrinkles without compromising facial expressions. So you can have as much or as little movement as you want. With experience and precision targeting, though, a skilled dermatologist can maintain your facial expressiveness while still freshening your overall look with targeted injections to reduce wrinkles.

The most important advice from me is that botulinum toxin injection is a medical treatment. Therefore, you should find a qualified and experienced physician to perform it in a clinic or a hospital. Moreover, you need to be cautious when injectables are offered at bargain or reduced prices, because they may have been obtained through websites or offshore, they may be counterfeit and there’s no one to assure purity or content of the solution. Serious injury or personal harm may result when unknown substances are injected.

As with anything, know your facts before undergoing any beauty treatment or procedure. When it comes to beauty, knowledge is the power that allows you to weigh risk versus benefit.

Source : Nation Multimedia