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5 Botox Facts You May Not Have Known

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There's a lot of myths and misinformation out there about Botox injections. As with most things, it's far better to learn the facts on your own, rather than listen to hearsay and rumors about Botox procedures. To get you started, here are a few facts you may not have known about Botox.

1. Botox Isn't Just for Certain Areas of the Face

Botox typically targets three areas of the face.

  • Forehead lines
  • Crow's feet
  • Frown lines

However, there are other areas where Botox can have a good effect. These areas, often known as "off-label," can include mouth corners, upper lip wrinkles, the neck, and various other places. Understand that any off-label procedure requires a highly skilled practitioner with experience.

2. Botox Doesn't Make Wrinkles Worse

Many people think Botox can worsen wrinkles after it wears off. In truth, your wrinkles will only return to their pre-injection state. Botox results aren't permanent; you will have to receive additional injections every few months to maintain the lack of wrinkles. Once you stop, your wrinkles will slowly return as your face muscles loosen.

3. Botox is For Both Men and Women

For some odd reason, people tend to associate Botox with women. Many men seek Botox to help smooth out lines on the face. Wrinkles on the face of men can sometimes give them a harder or angry look. Botox can work to give their faces a softer look.

4. It's Possible to Develop an Immunity to Botox

Some people can, over time, develop an immunity to Botox. It's rare, but it can happen if your body starts to develop antibodies to fight the Botox. There's a rare segment of the population that have a full immunity to Botox from the start.

Of note is that the effectiveness of Botox injections also has to do with the skill and technique of the person administering it. So even if it seems that the procedure didn't take at first, it's possible an immunity isn't to blame.

5. You Should Only Have Botox Procedures Done By Doctors

You may come across all kinds of places that are willing to administer Botox injections for a price. You should only ever receive injections from a certified professional. Even amongst doctors, seek ones with experience and knowledge of the skin or face.

For example, plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and facial surgeons all represent a good choice. On the other hand, stay away from spas, salons, and other places without a doctor on staff.