Is Botox addictive?

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A British study was quoted in the news with the following teaser, “Is Botox addictive”? Here’s the short answer: no, breathe easy, it’s OK.

The actual data quoted is that “up to 40% of patients feel a compulsion to have additional treatments”. Well, of course!! What else can, at such a low relative price point, for such little inconvenience, wipe years off your face? So you have it once. Hmm, that was easy! You become used to your new face because in three days, those wrinkles are g-o-n-e. Life is great, nobody is telling you you look tired, and when you look in the mirror, that’s what you’re supposed to look like!

So what I am wondering is, why would any reasonable person NOT want to repeat the Botox experience? Does repeating a pleasant experience constitute an addiction? Can you stop having the injections? Of course you can as the substance itself is not addictive. People repeat the experience because they like it, a lot. Is there an alternative to Botox? Well, if you want the results to be permanent, Botox is not the answer. The permanent solution is a minimally invasive endoscopic Forehead lift. This procedure is performed under twilight anesthesia and will smooth out those forehead wrinkles permanently and your brow will retain its natural motion.

So if you want a permanent result or don’t want to continue repeating the Botox injections, ask a board certified plastic surgeon about a Brow lift.

By Dr. Ricardo L. Rodriguez MD Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Cosmeticsurg Baltimore, Maryland Ricardo L. Rodriguez on American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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