The cosmetic injectables industry is full of conflicting and incorrect information that makes the whole process of deciding whether Botox treatments are right for you a difficult one. This blog post hopes to clear up some of the most common misconceptions when it comes to the world of Botox (the brand name for botulinum toxin type A) treatments to help you make a more informed choice.
Myth #1 – Cosmetic injections are very painful
The sensation that most people liken Botox injections to is that of a mosquito bite. Barely felt by most, or for those who do feel it, its little more than a very small pinch. Botox injections are very quick, so any discomfort is only felt for a few seconds.
There is no necessity for anaesthetic as it is such a painless and quick procedure, the needle used is very fine so the trauma to the area is minimal.
Myth #2 – Botox Leads to Loss of Facial Expression
Some people do request a ‘frozen’ look, but this is something they would need to ask for specifically for the practitioner to alter the dosage accordingly, however this is only temporary and after the Botox wears off, the face will return to a normal, full-range of motion.
For those who have regular quantities and who are injected by a practitioner who understands that a more natural result is desired, you will be able to achieve a freshened and enhanced appearance. Botox works by relaxing the muscle injected, therefore reducing the contraction and smoothing the area. Only the area injected will be relaxed.
Myth #3 – Cosmetic Botox is the Same as Botulism
Botox does not consist of botulism or food poisoning. Although they come from the same toxin, Botox is made from a purified protein that is derived from the toxin. This is true of many different medications and does not affect their safety or integrity. Over many years there has been extensive research and testing for the safety and effectiveness of Botox treatments.
Myth #4 – Botox is Only Effective for Cosmetic Reasons
The original use for Botox was as a treatment for neurological disorders not as a cosmetic facial treatment. Although it is mostly known nowadays as a cosmetic treatment, mainly due to its popularity amongst celebrities, it is still regularly used by doctors to treat many different conditions. Some of the therapeutic uses for Botox include the management of migraines, chronic neck and back pain, TMJ and bruxism symptoms, and overactive bladders. In fact, we wrote a whole blog post about the therapeutic uses.
Myth #5 – Botox Treatments are Toxic, Unsafe, and Dangerous
Botox was first used in the 1970’s to treat strabismus, which is a problem where one eye settles inwards whilst the other points at the thing the person it is looking at. Since this time this drug has established a safe history, there has been no record of death due to overdose and no long-term side effects have been noticed, to date.
It would take a dose of more than 100 times the average dose given for cosmetic use for cosmetic Botox® treatments to be fatal.
A report by researchers at Northwestern University found that procedures involving neurotoxins, such as Botox, caused side effects such as in just 1 in 3,333 cases
Myth #6 – Botox and Filler Treatments are Just for Women
Although Botox treatments are more commonly requested by females, these treatments are also popular with many men too. This misconception may be simply be that women talk more openly about having these treatments whereas men perhaps may be a little more private due to this very myth.
Men also tend to be a little more conservative with the treatments they have, with just the one area of upper face treatment on the frown lines or hyperhidrosis treatment being the most common Botox choices for males. On the other hand, women often choose to have all three areas of frown, forehead, and crow’s feet, often with an added brow lift making for a more noticeable effect.
Myth #7 – Botox and Dermal Fillers are the Same
Botox and dermal fillers are cosmetic injectable treatments and are often both offered by a practitioner, however they are different products and are used for different outcomes. Botox is a muscle relaxant used to soften the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, as well as to prevent wrinkles from forming. They can also be used cleverly to lift or drop certain features, for example to lift a brow or to drop a top lip to fix a gummy smile.
Dermal fillers are used to build up an area, whether that is to restore lost volume, for example in the tear troughs under the eyes, or to completely reshape a feature such as the nose and chin. Dermal fillers are longer lasting than Botox and consist of hyaluronic acid.
Myth #8 – You Should Only Get Botox When You Already Have Wrinkles
As we have all heard, prevention is better than cure. Botox can be used effectively as a preventative measure to stop wrinkles from setting in in the first place. By injecting this drug into the muscles that often lead to wrinkles, you will stop them from over contracting and keep them smooth, limiting the movement and therefore the ensuing lines. Starting a little younger and being proactive in your approach can mean that this treatment is needed less often when you are older, and it’ll be easier to maintain your lovely youthful looks.
Myth #9 – Botox Treatments are Immediate
On average Botox treatments take about 14 days to fully take effect, and in some treatments such as jawline slimming and the Nefertiti neck lift may take between 4 and 6 weeks as the treatment area and muscle is much larger. This is because the treatment works by changing the size/strength of the muscle injected which does take some time, in the same way if you had your arm in a cast and did not move it, the muscle would gradually decrease in size and strength, not overnight. Everyone is different, so this is a general time-frame, you may see results sooner than the 14 days, however nobody will ever see immediate results.