Botox and Dysport are increasingly popular noninvasive treatments used to treat wrinkles and other premature signs of aging. While there is a lot of information on Botox and Dysport circulating, not all of it is true. In this blog post, The Portland Face Doctor debunks the most common myths regarding these two treatments.

Myth #1: Botox and Dysport Injections Are Toxic

This is a common concern among our patients. Botox and Dysport are both FDA-approved purified proteins derived from botulinum toxin. While botulinum toxin is dangerous, the protein derived from it is safe. This being said, it is still important to undergo the treatments with a medical professional who has specialized training in the use of Botox and Dysport. This ensures only a safe and appropriate amount of injections are used to help you get the results you seek. Additionally, be sure to seek a clinic that only uses certified brands such as Botox Cosmetic.

Myth #2: Botox/ Dysport Will Make Me Expressionless

We hear time and time again that people think Botox will make them look expressionless or even “frozen.” While both Botox and Dysport do temporarily paralyze the muscles underneath the face, they do so with the intent of softening the patient’s facial appearance. Let us explain. Small amounts of Botox or Dyport are injected into the muscles. The muscles are then weakened, smoothing out creases and fine lines on the skin. This allows patients to enjoy a more relaxed and softer appearance.

Myth #3: Botox and Dysport Are Addictive

There is no scientific evidence that shows these injectables are addictive, nor do they contain addictive ingredients. Because the effects of Botox and Dysport only last three to six months, it is not uncommon for patients to seek additional treatments. This does not mean a person is addicted to Botox or Dysport, but rather that they desire to maintain their beautiful, rejuvenated appearance.

Myth #4: Botox Only Treats Wrinkles

Many of our patients are surprised to learn that Botox is used to treat a range of aesthetic and medical concerns, far beyond wrinkles! Botox injections are commonly used to treat migraine headaches, overactive bladder, ocular muscle spasms and severe armpit perspiration. Speak to one of our friendly staff members to learn more about the benefits of Botox.

Myth #5: Botox and Dysport Are for Women Only

While injectable fillers have long been popular among women, more and more men are now seeking these treatments. In fact, Botox is one of the most popular minimally invasive procedures among men. Studies show more men are becoming concerned with the effects of aging on their skin. Botox and Dysport can effectively combat premature signs of aging by smoothing out wrinkles and creases.

Do you have more questions regarding Botox and/or Dysport? The Portland Face Doctor, Dr. David D. Magilke, will gladly answer all of them. Schedule a personal consultation today.