Seven Botox myths

One always hears and reads negative reports about Botox myths. A friend heard that an acquaintance of a work colleague went blind after Botox treatment because the doctor made a mistake. An acquaintance knows from a family member that Botox can also cause brain damage. Also in various magazines you can find negative reports about Botox again and again. But are such horror stories true at all?

Myth number 1 – Botox is a snake venom.

Time and again you can read that Botox is actually a snake venom. However, this is false. Botox is merely a protein produced by bacteria. It is correct that it can very well lead to symptoms of poisoning. But the old saying applies here: “The dose makes the poison”. In the field of aesthetic medicine, only harmless doses are injected; symptoms of poisoning are impossible. A doctor would have to inject around 100 ampoules to put the patient at risk.

Myth number 2 – Botox damages the liver.

First of all, it should be noted that Botox does not enter the systemic circulation, so there can be no damage to the liver at all. Botox acts only where it has been injected. When it comes to wrinkle treatment, the physician injects the substance into the muscle responsible for the wrinkle. The protein is subsequently bound and ensures the reduction of muscle activity. Within a few months, the Botox is broken down again by the body, so that no accumulation of the substance can occur. For this reason, Botox has also been used for around 30 years to treat permanently spastic muscle disorders – without any long-term damage.

Myth number 3 – Botox destroys facial expressions.

Of course, we are familiar with the mask-like faces (“Frozen Faces”) of Hollywood stars who have undergone less than successful treatment. Such “faces” are the result of too high doses of Botox and/or incorrect injection. With a low dose, only the wrinkles are combated; rigid faces that are free of facial expressions thus become a thing of the past.

Myth number 4 – Botox damages the brain.

Time and again there are reports that Botox is said to damage the brain. However, this is not true. As far back as the 1970s, there have been independent and reputable studies that have looked at the effects of Botox. The result? Botox has no negative effects on the brain. Botox also has no negative effects on the body.

Myth number 5 – Botox is addictive because it is a drug.

This claim is not true. Botox is not a drug. Those who choose Botox need not fear “addiction.” The only drawback? After a few months, Botox is broken down by the body so that the muscle that was responsible for the wrinkle can be moved again. A new Botox treatment is therefore recommended if the wrinkle is to disappear again.

Myth number 6 – Botox paralyzes the face.

The doctor makes a mistake – in further consequence a part of the face is paralyzed. This rumor is also heard again and again. The opposite is true. It is impossible for Botox to cause permanent paralysis. When Botox is injected, muscle relaxation occurs.

Myth number 7 – Botox can make you blind.

This rumor is also not true. Botox only inhibits the facial muscles and has no effect on the patient’s vision.