When it comes to cosmetic procedures, Botox is probably one of the most well-known and frequently talked about treatments out there. But what many people don’t realize is that much of the information floating around out there about Botox is actually incorrect.
Though Botox is often discussed, many people don’t realize that they are perpetuating rumors or myths about the treatment.
If you’re listening in on conversations about Botox, or participating in them, here are some common myths to keep an ear out for.
False Rumors About Botox
Myth #1: Botox Results are Permanent
Most people think that the results of Botox are long term, but the truth is Botox doesn’t last forever. In reality, it provides results for three to four months. If you want to maintain the results, repeat treatments are necessary.
Myth #2: Botox Will Erase ALL Facial Lines
It’s true that Botox treats facial lines, but it can’t be used to treat all facial lines. Dynamic wrinkles – the wrinkles caused by facial movements – respond best to Botox. Static wrinkles – those caused by sun exposure, aging and other factors – don’t typically respond well to Botox and should be treated using other aesthetic procedures like chemical peels, injectable fillers, and photofractional rejuvenation.
Myth #3: Botox Can Be Used To Make Your Lips Plump
Botox may smooth wrinkles, but it doesn’t actually plump anything. If you’re looking for more fullness in your lips, injectable filler treatments are likely the more appropriate choice.
Myth #4: Botox Will Leave Your Face Expressionless
We’ve all heard horror stories about Botox gone wrong. But it turns out that the stories of expressionless faces caused by Botox are actually few and far between and are typically the result of an overdosage of Botox. Your cosmetic specialist will work with you to understand your goals and will know exactly how many units of Botox are right for your treatment. This means you don’t need to be overly worried about having a ‘frozen’ face after Botox.
Myth #5: Botox Treatments are Painful
Botox requires no recovery period and no downtime. The injections take only minutes; some patients even come in to have them done over their lunch hour. While you might feel a slight sting at the injection site when the needle is inserted, the pain involved with Botox treatments in negligible.
Myth #6: Botox Results are Immediate
Many people think that the results of Botox are apparent immediately, but the truth is they are not. Don’t be disappointed if you leave the office feeling like your image hasn’t changed. Most patients notice an improvement within 3 to 5 days of the injection, but the maximum impact of Botox can take up to 2 weeks.
Myth #7: Botox Can Only Be Used For Cosmetic Purposes
It’s a common myth that Botox is used only for aesthetic treatments. The truth is, Botox has been approved by the FDA for use in treating migraines, excessive underarm sweating, and other conditions. Though it is best known for treating wrinkles, Botox is a versatile substance that can be used in surprising ways outside the realm of cosmetic procedures.
Know Your Facts About Botox
It’s time to set the record straight! There’s lots of false information out there about Botox, but it’s important to understand the truth about its uses, benefits, and effects.
If you hear any of these Botox myths, take a second to correct them and help people be better informed about this versatile and beneficial cosmetic procedure!
Want to learn about Botox? Check out our Botox FAQs for more details!
Botox isn’t the only procedure that has many falsities associated with it. Read through these other plastic surgery myths you should stop believing so you can make better informed choices about cosmetic procedures!