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Long Island Dermatologist Debunks Myths Surrounding Botox Treatments

AP News Dr. Navin Arora of Borealis Dermatology separating fact from fiction, addressing commonplace patient concerns over popular treatment.

Published March 18, 2024

Dr. Navin Arora of Borealis Dermatology separating fact from fiction, addressing commonplace patient concerns over popular treatment.

Since its introduction in 2002, Botox has become a popular cosmetic treatment with a variety of uses, including helping patients achieve a more youthful appearance by reducing facial wrinkles, such as frown lines between the eyes, crow’s feet and forehead lines. While millions of patients have successfully received Botox treatments, myths and misconceptions still persist in the minds of some patients.

Board-Certified Dermatologist Dr. Navin Arora of Borealis Dermatology in Garden City and Syosset, NY, is sharing his knowledge of Botox treatments he administers, as well as addressing myths and concerns patients have when they consult with him regarding their care.

Myth: Botox is only for wrinkles

Fact: Contrary to popular belief, Botox is not just for smoothing out wrinkles. While it is commonly used to temporarily reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, it can also be used for a variety of medical conditions such as migraines and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).

Botox works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles, which can relax wrinkles and also provide relief for dystonia (muscle tension), neck spasms, as well as chronic pain and nerve disorders.

Myth: Botox treatments cannot be given under eyes

Fact: Botox injections are commonly used for crow’s feet, frown lines, and wrinkles. The FDA-approved treatment areas for Botox include worry lines along the forehead, crow’s feet along the outer eye areas, and frown lines between the brows.

Under-eye injections are less common but are possible in an “off-label” use. Botox has not been approved by the FDA for use in the under-eye area or lower eyelid. Patients should consult their physicians before receiving these treatments.

Myth: Botox delivers instant gratification

Fact: While Botox treatments begin working immediately, final results from treatments can take up to two weeks, varying on a per-patient basis. Patience is key to seeing successful results.

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