Why are Italians afraid of botulinum toxin (but not fillers)?
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Italians tend to prefer fillers instead of botulinum toxin. In the rest of the world, however, botulinum toxin is one of the most popular treatments on the market at an approximate estimate of 1 to 4. In short, Italians prefer fillers. They consider injections with hyaluronic acid safer and less at risk of consequences and side effects. In reality, medical experience shows us exactly the opposite is true. Botulinum toxin shows to be even safer than fillers as the cases of complications following treatments with hyaluronic acid are higher than those attributable to botulinum toxin.
It’s time for clarity: that’s why our team is here today to answer your 5 most common questions when it comes to botulinum toxin!
Is it really true that botulinum toxin makes your face stiff?
This is not true: the correct use of botulinum toxin gives the face a relaxed and very natural look – not that stiff expression that is sometimes attributed to this type of treatment. Of course, going to a professional clinic and an experienced Doctor makes the difference because dosages and technique are key to a successful procedure.
Botulinum toxin scares me. Is it really poisonous?
In Italy, there are 3 formulations of botulinum toxin used for aesthetic use, and they are all authorized by the Italian Drug Agency. Botulinum toxin is a safe and effective drug, but like any drug it should be used in the right way and by accredited professionals. The correct dosage administered properly is not poisonous to the body.
Does botulinum toxin induce permanent paralysis and serious side effects?
When we talk about botulinum toxin, we are not talking about paralysis of a muscle but rather a temporary muscle relaxation. Used to treat wrinkles, it has an effect of about six months, then the relaxation of the skin fades and it is necessary to repeat the injections to maintain the result achieved. Like any drug, botulinum toxin can have side effects (facial immobility, eyelid drooping, asymmetry) often due to lack of experience of the Aesthetic Doctor. In any case, the side effects are not usually permanent.
Is botulinum toxin addictive?
No, it is not addictive. The result lasts from 4 to 6 months, but repeating the treatment is not addictive, rather it makes it more and more effective. It also manages to play a preventive role with respect to the appearance of new wrinkles and expression lines.
Will botulinum toxin cause facial muscle atrophy in the long run?
This is not correct. Once the effect is over, the muscles resume their normal function. To maintain the result, the treatment must be repeated over time. The use of botulinum toxin in the aesthetic field shows that the effectiveness and duration of the results are amplified by consistent treatments.
As you can see, the clear preference of fillers compared to botulinum toxin has no scientific support and is based on misinformation. Come to SOTHERGA with your questions regarding anti-wrinkle treatments and to understand if a specific treatment can meet your aesthetic needs. Our Aesthetic Doctors are ready to offer you all the advice and professionalism you are looking for!