In one of our previous articles, we took a quick look over the myths surrounding Botox. Today, in this article, we want to explore in depth the issues of addiction and abuse. There are many publications and blogs that are discussing this subject and we feel a professional take on the matter will be very welcomed.
So, is Botox addictive?
The answer is no. Botox is, in fact, a natural occurring toxin, but it is not a drug. Botox itself doesn’t create any physical or psychological addiction. However, as you already know, Botox doesn’t last forever and the effects wear off after 4-6 months. Most patients return for the injections, but this is because they were really happy with the results and they want to preserve their new look, not because they have developed an addiction for the substance.
How much is too much?
Botox abuse occurs when a person repeatedly receives Botox injections, even if he or she does not need them.
There are several negative examples presented in the media (there aren’t many who write about the positive results). Of course, there is abuse in any field and industry, and Botox is no exception here. However, these are isolated cases and, if you go to a specialised clinic, the practitioner will offer advice and counselling. Also, no professional will ever offer you a Botox injection unless you need one.
Is there any risk?
Many people consider Botox injections, but they are afraid of getting addicted and possibly over using it. Can this happen? It’s very unlikely and, if you choose a professional clinic, it’s close to impossible.