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6 BOTOX® Cosmetic Myths You Thought Were True (But Aren’t)

6 BOTOX Cosmetic Myths You Thought Were True (But Aren't)

How popular is BOTOX Cosmetic? More than 1.5 million procedures were performed in the U.S. last year. That is more than double the number of filler injections, which are the second-most popular cosmetic treatment. Yet misconceptions about BOTOX continue to persist. Even some patients who get BOTOX at our Capital Region practice believe at least some of these myths.

So, I’m going to use this blog post to dispel the 6 most common myths about the world’s most popular aesthetic treatment.

Myth #1

Your face will look “frozen” after getting BOTOX injections: This myth is rooted in the fact that some women and men have received BOTOX injections from inexperienced or unqualified providers. When injected properly, BOTOX creates smoother skin and minimizes wrinkles and fine lines without limiting your facial expressions. Board-certified plastic surgeons understand facial anatomy and make injections with the precision that less-skilled injectors can’t provide.

Myth #2

BOTOX must be dangerous, because it’s a toxin: Some people know enough about BOTOX to know that it’s made using the same thing that can give people botulism. But it’s not the same thing. BOTOX is a purified protein derived from botulinum toxin that doesn’t spread beyond the injection site. It’s approved by the FDA to treat wrinkles and fine lines, and researchers have concluded that BOTOX is extraordinarily safe, and the risk of serious side effects is extremely small.

Myth #3

BOTOX will eliminate all of my wrinkles forever: There are really 2 myths combined into 1 here. BOTOX minimizes certain wrinkles and fine lines caused by repeated muscle movements, called “dynamic” wrinkles. These include crow’s feet, worry lines between the eyes, and forehead wrinkles. “Static” wrinkles caused by sun exposure and the natural aging process can be treated with fillers or laser treatments. Additionally, BOTOX results last for about 4 months, and you need touch-up appointments to maintain the more youthful appearance created by BOTOX.

Myth #4

I can’t fit BOTOX treatments into my schedule: BOTOX treatments are called “lunchtime” procedures for a reason. Even if you include time to get checked in and see a doctor, you’ll still be in and out of the office in less than an hour, and way less, in many cases. The injections themselves only take about 10 or 15 minutes. You may have some small bumps, minor bruising, or a bit of redness at the injection site, but most patients return to work or their normal activities immediately after the injections.

Myth #5

Only women get BOTOX: Gentlemen, welcome to 2018 and the world of “Brotox.” BOTOX injections were the top nonsurgical treatment for men in 2017, and in the age of selfies and online dating, men are just as interested as women in putting their best face forward. The appointments are quick (see Myth #4), and there’s no downtime, so you don’t need to take time off from work to rejuvenate your look.

Myth #6

BOTOX is just for reducing wrinkles: BOTOX’s versatility is truly remarkable, as we wrote about in an earlier blog post. It’s now approved by the FDA to treat excessive underarm sweating, migraine headaches, and incontinence. It’s a promising treatment for depression, too. Researchers continue exploring the possible medical uses for BOTOX. At The Plastic Surgery Group, however, we only use BOTOX for cosmetic reasons. You can contact your primary physician if you want to learn more about the medical uses for BOTOX.

As I mentioned earlier, it’s important that you go to a board-certified plastic surgeon for BOTOX injections and avoid the temptation to choose someone offering discounted BOTOX.


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