Botox remains one of the most popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedures in the United States. However, there are still many myths and misconceptions surrounding its use as a cosmetic treatment. If you’re considering treatment, keep reading to find out which information is true and which is false.
1. It’s dangerous
While it’s a fact that this treatment is a purified protein that is derived from the botulinum toxin, which comes from bacteria that causes botulism food poisoning, it’s completely safe to use for cosmetic and medical reasons. It is FDA approved and millions of people have used it safely since its approval for certain medical conditions in 1989 and for cosmetic uses in 2002. Only small, non-toxin doses are used in the injections.
Of course, it’s important to ensure that an experienced and qualified healthcare professional is administering the injections.
2. It will give me a “frozen” appearance
The injections only target deep wrinkles, such as smile lines, forehead furrows, and crow’s feet. They do not affect the facial muscles that are involved in overall facial expressions. Thus, after receiving injections, you will still be able to display a wide variety of expressions. Rather than looking “frozen,” you will simply look more youthful and refreshed. Procedures that are handled by experienced and trained professionals will result in a natural and subtle appearance.
3. It’s only used for facial wrinkles
Though this treatment is widely used for aesthetic reasons, it was actually originally approved for medical conditions. It is still often used today for a variety of conditions, including underarm sweating, overactive bladder, chronic migraines, cervical dystonia, and upper limb spasticity.
4. It can get rid of all facial lines and wrinkles
Not true. These injections only target dynamic wrinkles, which are the lines that develop from movement. These are the types of wrinkles that can be diminished because Botox relaxes the muscles underneath the skin that cause the movement. Wrinkles that aren’t related to muscle movement, such as static wrinkles that result from sun exposure and age, do not respond to this treatment.
5. The injections are painful
You will likely only feel mild discomfort, like the feel of a slight pinch, during the injection. The needle that is used is thin and only a tiny amount of liquid is injected. The discomfort only lasts for a few seconds.
6. Spas offer these injections
Though some spas do offer these injections, it is up to individual states to regulate the use of Botox. Some states only allow physicians to administer the injections, while others allow nurses, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals to administer them. Before receiving an injection, always ask the provider if they are authorized in the state.
7. Botox parties are a safe alternative
Botox parties are popular, and though some promotions do offer extremely low prices, these types of parties are not safe. It’s important to understand that not all injectable neuromodulators are created equally and you shouldn’t receive an injection from just anyone. You should be wary of cheap prices and unauthorized retailers of the product.
8. It’s only for women
Though women do tend to get this treatment option more often, these injections are an effective anti-aging treatment for both genders. Every year, an increasing number of men choose to get injections.
9. It works immediately
Though it’s touted as the “lunch-time cosmetic procedure,” Botox doesn’t offer immediate results. The injections are quick and convenient, but it will still take three to five days before you begin to see subtle results, and seven to ten days to see final results.
10. It’s the same thing as a dermal filler
Though they both have the goal of making you look more youthful and refreshed, Botox and dermal fillers aren’t the same thing. Botox targets specific wrinkles caused by movement by relaxing the muscles that are responsible for facial expressions, while dermal fillers are used to plump up facial areas that have lost volume or fill deep creases.