Fact or Fiction? Debunking Some of the Most Common Myths About Botox
Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the country, but it’s not without its misconceptions. For those who are interested in getting Botox, navigating the murky world of fact versus fiction can seem like quite the feat. Is it harmless or dangerous? Painless or painful? Though there is a wealth of information out there about what you can expect from just about every cosmetic procedure, there are also just as many misleading claims and myths about Botox. That’s why, today, we’re examining some of the most common misconceptions about getting Botox. We hope this is a helpful resource as you continue to evaluate whether getting Botox is the right choice for you. Let’s go ahead and get started.
Myth 1: Botox is toxic and harmful to you.
This is a common misconception, partly because Botox – short for botulinum toxin – can be incorrectly associated with botulism, a deadly illness that can be caused by exposure to a different kind of toxin. Botox, however, cannot lead you to contract botulism, and it is not toxic or harmful to your health when delivered by a certified medical professional. For over 20 years, Botox has been an FDA-approved cosmetic treatment that millions of people have received safely.
Myth 2: Once you get Botox, you can’t go back: it’s permanent.
Another common myth about Botox is that, once injected, it lasts forever. This is altogether untrue. The effects of Botox typically last between three and six months. If you do not get more Botox after this time period, its effects will gradually wear off until they are undetectable. In fact, keeping up the results you desire from Botox requires active maintenance.
Myth 3: It hurts to get Botox.
This is a reasonable misconception, since Botox is administered via injections. However, it is not necessarily true. In reality, receiving Botox looks much more painful than it actually is. Tiny portions of liquid are deposited in the skin using very thin needles; the feeling is akin to a small pinch and is typically described more as mild discomfort than actual pain. Especially when compared to more invasive alternatives, like face lifts and other kinds of surgical facial sculpting, Botox is relatively painless.
Myth 4: Botox will make you look unnatural.
It’s not at all uncommon to see images of poorly done or excessive Botox online, leading someone to believe that these results are standard. In reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth. When administered skillfully by a licensed medical professional, Botox should by no means make you look cartoonish or unnatural; in fact, the results are more often than not quite subtle, adding youthfulness to the face without sacrificing your ability to make normal facial expressions. When administered by the right physician, Botox can be a graceful and natural-looking option to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Myth 5: Botox is used for purely cosmetic purposes.
Though it is widely used for cosmetic purposes, Botox has known functional applications, as well. It is a popular treatment for conditions like hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), bladder problems, and even chronic pain. If you experience any of these conditions, speak to a physician about whether Botox is an option for you.
Myth 6: Botox will prevent me from having normal facial expressions.
First off, Botox doesn’t affect your entire face; it is specifically used around the eyes and forehead, and it only affects the muscles at the site of injection. Even then, it does not prevent you from having robust facial expressions when it is administered correctly. When you’re considering a medical professional for your Botox injections, do your research: look at before and after photos of procedures they have done, if available, and read up on testimonials from past patients. Make sure that you are impressed by the results you see before moving forward with your own procedure.
We hope that addressing these common myths about Botox has been helpful as you consider whether or not this procedure is right for you. To learn more about Botox, feel free to schedule a consultation with us by clicking here.