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A common myth about Botox is that it’s only for wrinkles. But it has other cosmetic uses such as lifting brows, treating a dimpling chin and softening the jaw line. Recent advances also have found Botox to be helpful in patients who suffer from migraine headaches.

“It’s actually more beneficial to start Botox injections as a preventative method, instead of waiting for the lines to appear,” said Stephanie Heck, a cosmetic nurse at Ameliore Medispa and Laser in St. Joseph.

Here are some other Botox myths (and truths):

Myth: Botox is botulism (a type of food poisoning).

Truth: “Botox is not botulism and cannot make you sick,” Heck said.

The medically active molecule in Botox, she explains, is a purified protein extract made from a specialized culture of Clostridium botulinum bacteria.

With just this derivative being used, it can’t cause illness.

Myth: Botox is unsafe.

Truth: Botox has a long, safe history, Heck adds.

“It's very safe when administered by a qualified injector who follows the recommended protocols for dosage, storage and administration of the drug,” she said.

Myth: Botox freezes the face and will result in the loss of facial expression.

Truth: Botox relaxes muscles to enhance your looks, which results in a brightened, well-rested face.

“If someone looks frozen or unnatural after treatment, it’s probably because of incorrect dosing or placement,” said Heck, a Botox and dermal filler injector for 10 years.

Myth: Botox requires a lot of downtime to recover.

Truth: Very little downtime is needed, said Dr. Nicholas Rudloff, lead physician at Sunflower Dermatology and Medical Day Spa in St. Joseph.

“It’s often called a lunchtime procedure,” Rudloff said. “You’ll be able to go about your normal routine immediately after you leave your specialist's office.

Botox can set in within 24 to 48 hours, but in some people it can take two weeks to take full effect. Results typically last up to four months.