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Exploring Botox Myths and Misconceptions

Dr. Diane MacGillis
& Dr. Kerri Hoffman

In the 80s, Vancouver-based doctors Jean and Alastair Carruthers unintentionally discovered cosmetic properties in a toxin normally used by ophthalmologists.

In that pivotal moment, the couple’s discovery forever changed the face of beauty and shifted the way women and men alike approach aging. Botox: Popularity Growing in Canada More than ever before, everyday Canadians are embracing injectable cosmetic enhancements for natural-looking results, and yet, many misconceptions surround the topic of Botox. Is it right for you? Here, we explore some of the more common myths to help you decide.

Myth #1: Botox is Unsafe

Fact: Botox has an extensive safety history. It has been used for more than 20 years for a wide range of medical and cosmetic treatments. It is a very safe drug when administered by a qualified, licensed medical professional who follows all the proper protocols for dosing, storage and administration of the drug.

Myth #2 Botox Will Make You Appear Frozen

Fact: Botox relaxes muscles so you look brighter and well-rested. With a highly-skilled injector, Botox can be used anywhere on the face to rebalance facial muscles to create a relaxed look without changing the essence of you.

Myth #3 Botox is Poison

Fact: Botox is not botulism and cannot make you sick. Botox is a purified protein that works by blocking the chemical nerve signals in select muscles to relax them temporarily. The effect on the muscle will wear off in three to four months, and re-treatment is required to maintain the desired results.

Myth #4 Botox is Painful

Fact: Botox treatments are quick and, with an experienced injector, can be nearly pain-free. A very fine needle is used and no topical anesthetic is needed. It is most often described as a slight pinch. It is often called the “Lunch Break Treatment” as you can resume normal activities right after your treatment.

Myth #5: I am Too Young for Botox

Fact: Botox has become so well-known and trusted that many men and women in their 20s and 30s are choosing to start treatments as a preventative measure.

Myth #6 Botox Only Works on Wrinkles

Fact: In the right hands, Botox can do so much more than just treat wrinkles, such as lifting brows, correcting asymmetry and improving jawline appearance.

Botox is also effective for treating many medical conditions, such as excessive sweating and migraines.

Kingston Laser and Cosmetic Clinic: Look and Feel Your Best

At Kingston Laser and Cosmetic Clinic, our goal is to help you look and feel your best. All injections are completed by our expert physician injectors, Dr. Diane MacGillis and Dr. Kerri Hoffman, who have more than 35 years of combined experience.

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