Myths and Facts about Botox

Myth #1 Botox Cosmetic is unsafe 

Fact: BOTOX has a long and well-established safety history. While you may only know BOTOX as a wrinkle treatment, BOTOX has actually been in use for over 20 years for the effective treatment of a range of medical conditions and is one of the most widely researched medicines in the world.

It is reassuring to know that Botox is the most popular medical cosmetic treatment in North America with an estimated 17 million treatments performed since it was first approved. In addition, it has received a 97% satisfaction rating among users.

Myth #2 Botox Cosmetic will result in the loss of facial expressions

Fact: BOTOX is intended to enhance the way you look, not change it. When administered by Karen Kohm BScN RN, an experienced, qualified injector, you can still smile, frown and animate. The treatment only relaxes the muscle beneath the lines at the point of injection, so the other elements of facial expression remain active. It also has no effect on the sensory nerves, so you will have normal feeling in the treated area.  Kohm is the first and only RN recognized by the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association (SRNA) as a medical aesthetics nurse practitioner.

Myth #3 Botox Cosmetic is botulism (food poisoning)

Fact: BOTOX is not botulism. It is a purified protein and a finished medical prescription product with a known or proven safety profile obtained through extensive research and testing.

Myth #4 Botox Cosmetic treatment is painful

Fact: A BOTOX treatment is quick and simple. A very fine and small amount of liquid is used so the pain associated with the injection is minimal.  No anesthetic is required, and you can resume normal activities immediately

Myth #5 Botox Cosmetic injections can be given anywhere

Fact: BOTOX is a technique-sensitive procedure. At Invu Medical Aesthetics, Karen Kohm BScN RN, is a well trained aesthetic-specialty injector. Kohm will discuss the optimal results you would like to achieve. Botox should only be administered in appropriate medical settings.

Myth #6 Botox Cosmetic is expensive

Fact: The cost of BOTOX varies depending on the amount of product needed to achieve optimal results and the areas of  the face that are being treated.  As an example, BOTOX typically ranges from $300 to $500 to treat the frown lines between the eyebrows.Since the positive effects of BOTOX treatment can last up to four months, the cost is about $3 to $5 per day.

Myth #7 There are creams that are better than Botox

Fact: There is no scientific evidence that supports that creams work better than BOTOX.  Creams work well on the surface of the skin. BOTOX works below the surface of the skin to relax the muscles that cause lines and wrinkles to form.

Myth #8 Botox Cosmetic is a facial filler

Fact: Unlike facial fillers, BOTOX does not fill in facial lines or restore volume loss.  It relaxes the muscles underneath the skin that cause the lines.  Facial fillers like JUVÉDERM  help to fill in facial lines and give back volume that is lost over time.

Myth #9 Botox Cosmetic and Botox are the same

Fact: While BOTOX Cosmetic and BOTOX contain the same active ingredient in the formulation, there are different uses for each. BOTOX is used for the treatment of serious medical conditions, while BOTOX Cosmetic is used in much smaller dosages for the treatment of facial wrinkles and lines. BOTOX and BOTOX Cosmetic should not be confused as they are used to treat different conditions, using different dosages.