5 myths about Botox this expert wants you to stop believing

By on December 5, 2017


5 myths about Botox this expert wants you to stop believing

5 myths about Botox this expert wants you to stop believing

The celebrity youth juice is only for wrinkles, right?

Images: Instagram@kimkardashian / @robinwright

Botox, it’s something plenty of humans consider when ageing. A couple of jabs and hey presto – you’ll look 10 years younger, right?

The injectable works without visibly wounding the skin, and is one of the fastest growing beauty trends, as much a part of anti-ageing regimes as a regular skincare routine and SPF50.

Destigmatisation aside, what do you really know about Botox – apart from people's opinions on it?

We asked Dr Cath Porter, Cosmetic Physician at Total Face Group in Sydney’s Broadway to share her expertise.

Dr Porter is a member and current board member of the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australia, Fellow of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australia and a Fellow of the Australian College of Aesthetic Medicine. In other words, she’s got decades of experience – not that you could tell.

Myth 1 – It will do you harm long-term

This is the most common myth, says Dr Porter.

“I find it surprising as Botox has been around for 20 years, in the cosmetic realm and longer in general medical applications. There’s been something like 30 million plus treatments worldwide, and there are thousands of clinical papers on Botox, so there’s a lot of evidence-based medicine to support its use.”

She reckons it’s the equivalent of the oral contraceptive pill – we know it’s safe, because it’s been around so long.

Myth 2 – It builds up in your body overtime

Physiologically that is not what happens, says Dr Porter.

“Once the Botox molecule binds to that receptor on the nerve ending, that complex receptor breaks down.”

What follows is the protein being reabsorbed and metabolised by your body.

“It’s excreted out of your system like any other drug,” she says.

Yep, you pee out hundreds of dollars of the treatment.

Myth 3 – It leaves you looking frozen

A recent survey of 2000 Australian women aged 20-49 found 35 per cent thought Botox would give you a frozen unnatural look.

“That’s not the case,” says Dr Porter, “there are many people using it who you wouldn’t even know.”

Dr Porter believes the Nineties Hollywood trend for paralysis has a lot to answer for, with patients often returning for a follow up if they had any movement.

“We’ve changed the way it’s used over the years. Twenty years ago the end point was that frozen look, so if you treat strongly enough to complete paralysis then you will get that look.”

Since then, and the expressionless Hollywood actors, there’s been a backlash says Dr Porter.

“You can use smaller doses to have a softening of your lines and still have facial expression. The only area we really treat to complete paralysis these days is the frowning area, as that cranky looking face is a negative expression, whereas we want patients to be able to show positive emotions.”

Of course, personal preference plays a part as well.

Myth 4 – Botox is only for your wrinkles

There are some weird and wonderful uses, as Dr Porter explains.

“You can also use it for slimming of the jaw, you can inject the chewing muscle and it narrows the face. For people with a gummy smile, you can weaken those muscles to let the upper lip drop. Then there is Botox for sweating – feet, underarms, palms – which can be life changing for patients who are socially embarrassed by sweat excessively.” True story.

Myth 5 – Botox becomes less effective as time goes on

Truth bomb: what’s happening as time goes on is the other signs of ageing – and Botox only tackles one of them – wrinkles.

“The only action Botox has it to weaken the muscles of facial expression. They have connections to the skin, which is why they can pull on the skin and create a wrinkle over time. It’s that repetitive action that wears out some of the collagen in the epidermis. When you add the other signs of ageing into the equation, just treating the muscle isn’t going to have the same effect as it did in your twenties,” says Dr Porter, who swears by before and after photos to monitor results.

Joe Hildebrand gets Botox live on air6:30

His Studio 10 co-hosts say he is frowning too much. The answer? Anti-wrinkle injections. Courtesy Channel TEN.



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