When you hear the word “Botox,” what comes to mind? As the most popular treatment to eliminate facial fine lines and wrinkles, Botox is surrounded by controversy between those who swear by its results and those who question its efficiency and safety. As a cosmetic surgery center that provides Botox and other facial fillers and injectable materials, we’re here to set the record straight on this procedure and put your mind at ease about the most common myths we’ve heard come through our doors.
Botox is dangerous.
Botox was first approved in 1989 by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and accepted as a cosmetic product in 2002. Many fear the protein it’s made up of – botulinum toxin – because it comes from a bacterium that also causes food poisoning. However, Botox uses a purified derivative of the protein, which is completely safe for cosmetic use. The amounts used during injection are also nowhere near toxic levels.
Botox is painful.
After an injection is finished, patients generally experience little to no discomfort. Needles used during the procedure are extremely small and go just below the surface of the skin. There may be a slight pinching sensation during the injection, but it’s common for doctors to use topical numbing creams prior to the treatment.
Botox makes you lose expression.
Botox will never make you look emotionless or completely “frozen.” It only relaxes the muscles at the point of injection and cannot completely inhibit facial expressions. The goal is to look refreshed, natural, and it helps you keep an entire range of expressions, only with fewer lines and wrinkles.
Wrinkles are worse if you stop using Botox.
Not true! Wrinkles simply go back to the way they looked before treatment and resume normal development with movement if Botox is not used consistently. Patients typically return for treatments every three to six months for lasting results.
Botox is only for women.
In recent years, Botox treatments have greatly increased among male patients. Some men believe that their aging wrinkles make them appear “angry,” and the use of Botox softens up their looks for a more approachable appearance. Keep in mind that higher dosages are used for men due to stronger facial muscles.
Have we relieved some of your concerns about Botox? We know choosing to get Botox treatment is a big decision and you may have additional questions, which is great! We want you to feel comfortable about any cosmetic procedure and recommend making an appointment with us to talk about what to expect throughout the entire process. Give us a call today!