Botox Myths: 15 Myths Debunked
It is estimated that over 7.4 million people in the United States receive Botox treatments each year – and, if you take into account treatments performed around the world, that number is even higher! The procedure itself is popular for myriad reasons including its safety, short recovery and downtime, ease of access, and relatively low price point compared to more costly surgical treatments. However, despite the popularity of Botox injections and the fact that they have been proven to be safe and effective over decades of use, there are many misconceptions surrounding this treatment.
If you are considering getting Botox or are interested in learning more, it is time to set the record straight. Read on as we bust some common myths surrounding this popular plumping and smoothing treatment.
Common Botox Myths
- Botox is immediate: Contrary to what you may think, Botox injections do not work instantly. Most patients will notice improvements to their skin after just 3-4 days, but most can expect to see the full effect of the injections about two weeks after treatment.
- Botox is permanent: It is a common misunderstanding that Botox “freezes” your face and that the treatment is permanent. While the muscles are unable to contract when Botox is injected causing wrinkles to relax and soften, Botox is not permanent, and the desired look will fade over several months. That’s why yearly or bi-yearly maintenance is required for this treatment.
- Botox is unsafe: There is no need to worry about safety when it comes to Botox, especially when you discuss your options and any allergies with your specialist before treatment. There are common side effects after getting Botox injections including swelling and bruising, but overall they are mild and Botox is considered a safe treatment.
- Botox is toxic and its long-term effects are unknown: As an FDA-approved treatment with an excellent safety record, it is very unlikely that you will experience any negative long-term side effects. As you age, there is a chance you’ll reach a point where treatments are less effective or you may need another treatment in addition to Botox injections, but there is no known danger in the long term.
- Botox can erase all my wrinkles: That would be a miracle! Unfortunately, Botox does not erase every wrinkle, especially if they are deep. Botox does a great job of filling in fine lines and helping to prevent new ones from forming in the short term, but deep wrinkles are unlikely to disappear completely.
- If you stop receiving Botox, the wrinkles will get worse: Good news: it is actually the opposite! Many believe that if they stop getting Botox injections, their wrinkles will come back faster and worse than before, but this is not the case. If you stop receiving Botox, your wrinkles may come back but they will do more slowly than if you had never used Botox at all.
- Botox injections are painful: It is natural to think that a procedure involving needles will hurt, but not in the case of Botox injections. They are virtually painless thanks to a numbing agent applied before the procedure. Even without the numbing cream, pain is minimal and usually only feels like a small pinch.
- Botox will affect other parts of my body: Botox only affects the part of the body that is injected into. It stays put! When your specialist injects Botox into your forehead or lips, for example, it will not work its way into your arms or legs. There is a chance it could migrate up to 3cm from where it was injected but unlikely it will cause damage to other parts of the body.
- Botox is only used to treat wrinkles: While Botox’s more popular purpose is treating wrinkles, it has much more range than you think! Botox injections are also used to treat common and rare conditions such as neck spasms, excessive sweating, overactive bladders, lazy eyes, different types of dystonias, and chronic migraines.
- Botox and fillers are the same: This sounds like the same thing, doesn’t it? Botox and fillers are similar—they are both injectables—but they work in different ways. Botox works to relax the muscles it’s injected into which can help to smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles while fillers do just what their name says: they fill and plump different areas to create fullness to areas that have thinned with age.
- I’m too young for Botox: If you are 18 years or older, you are not too young for cosmetic Botox injections. Botox is often recommended to patients in their 20s as prevention as it helps to prevent deep wrinkles from forming early in life. It doesn’t, unfortunately, completely prevent wrinkles or erase the appearance of wrinkles, but it can keep things looking and feeling smoother for much longer.
- Botox is only suitable for smoothing out forehead wrinkles: While the forehead is one of the more popular areas for a patient to receive Botox treatments, it is not the only location they are injected. Crow’s feet around the eyes, wrinkles in the neck, and the lips are a few of the areas that can also benefit from Botox.
- Some creams and serums work like Botox: A comprehensive skincare routine tailored to your specific needs is always a great idea to keep your skin healthy and glowing, but there is no topical product that can produce the same results as Botox injections. It is best to talk to a specialist about how to best support your skin if you are not quite ready for Botox.
- The Botox chemical is physically addictive: You might just fall in love with your results and want to invest in treatments long-term, but that does not mean the Botox chemical is addictive. You can feel confident when receiving injections that will not experience any long-term side effects.
- Anyone can perform a Botox injection: This is not true—and for good reason. Specialists like Dr. Buddiga are educated and trained on not only performing Botox injections but determining which areas to target and the proper amount of Botox you’ll need. Dr. Buddiga conducts in-depth consultations with his patients to help choose the most effective approach based on their skin care concerns.
- BONUS: Botox injections require a lot of recovery time: One of the biggest perks of getting Botox treatments is they require very little recovery time. Many patients experience swelling and bruising after a session, but that does not affect your day-to-day, and you can return to most normal activities right after you walk out of the office.
Schedule Your Appointment
So, did we bust some of your misconceptions about Botox? Are you ready to explore your options? If so, now is the perfect time to schedule your consultation with Dr. Buddiga. Dr. Buddiga brings decades of experience and education as well as the most cutting-edge technology and procedures to create customized treatment plans for his patients based on their specific needs and desires. His care and attention for his patients looking to feel good and create healthy skin from the inside out are what sets BUDDIGA Family Allergy | Skin | Immunology apart from the rest. Find out how Dr. Buddiga can help you achieve the skin you’ve always wanted by scheduling an appointment today.