Plastic surgeons warn: Don't go overboard with Botox

November 12, 2012

Plastic surgeons warn: Don't go overboard with Botox
Plastic surgeons warn: Don't go overboard with Botox

Botox injections have become immensely popular among people seeking to erase the lines on the face that come with age. But at a recent luncheon celebrating the 10th anniversary of Botox, experts in the plastic surgery field issued a warning to patients: Don't overdo it when it comes to injectable cosmetics.

According to Business Weekender Online, three board-certified plastic surgeons attending the event agreed that it isn't wise for patients to remove all wrinkles from their face with Botox, even though it is technically possible to do so. While some wrinkles may seem like unsightly indicators of age, others are responsible for conveying emotions and expression.

"Years ago, Hollywood directors were complaining because they couldn't find actors or actresses to play roles because everyone was over-treated with Botox," said one doctor, the news source reports.

He went on to say that plastic surgeons may want to be extra cautious with male patients who are seeking Botox, because for men, facial "lines give a sense of power and dignity... The psychology behind a man's appearance is different from a woman's."
His male patients, he said, are usually concerned about deep wrinkle lines, like those in the forehead, while female patients are typically more worried about general wrinkling and finer lines.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), injections of Botulinum Toxin type A was the most popular non-surgical procedure in 2011, with 2,619,739 patients undergoing the treatment. Such injections were also the most common procedures for people between the ages of 35 and 50.

Those who are considering getting an injection should be sure to speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience with the procedure. Do not trust an untrained person to give cosmetic injections of any sort, as this can lead to major complications.


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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