Botox® is one of the most requested non-surgical cosmetic treatments in the U.S., but despite its popularity, there are still many misconceptions surrounding the procedure.
We invite you to read on to learn the truth about this popular injectable treatment. We’re debunking five of the most common Botox myths.
Botox Is Painful
Botox is administered by injection, which means lots of little shots. Many patients find this intimidating and worry that the procedure will be painful.
There’s no need to fret, as most patients find that this treatment is very tolerable.
The needle we’ll use for your injections is tiny, so if you feel anything, you’ll feel a slight pinch. Many patients tell us they barely feel the injections. We can use a topical anesthetic if you’re worried about discomfort, but most of our patients decide that they don’t need one.
Botox Works on Any Wrinkle
Although Botox is a powerful option for fighting wrinkles, it doesn’t work on every line and crease. Botox is a neuromodulator and works by disrupting the communication between facial nerves and the muscles that cause wrinkles. This treatment only works on dynamic wrinkles, aka expression lines. We love Botox for smile lines, frown lines, and laugh lines. If facial expressions don’t cause your wrinkles, we can recommend a more effective treatment option, such as facial fillers.
My Face Will Look Frozen After Treatment
Television shows love to joke about frozen expressions after Botox, but the truth is, when this treatment is done right, no one needs to know. Our injectors are highly skilled and know how to use our injectable treatments to relax wrinkles while retaining your ability to make normal facial expressions.
Laugh, smile, and scowl after your Botox treatment, and look amazing while you do.
Botox Is Only a Cosmetic Treatment
Botox is one of our favorite cosmetic treatments, but that isn’t all this powerhouse can do. Botox is widely used in the medical community for many purposes, including:
- Involuntary muscle twitches and spasms
- Migraine headaches
- Urinary incontinence
- Excessive sweating
Botox helps to resolve these medical issues using the same basic principles that it uses to erase wrinkles. By interfering with the communication between nerves and muscles, the bladder, and sweat glands, Botox can reduce eye and muscle spasms, bladder control issues, and a host of other medical problems.
Botox and Fillers Are the Same Treatment
Botox is often lumped into the same category as dermal fillers, but these two treatments aren’t the same. Botox works by interfering with muscle and nerve communication to relax wrinkles. Fillers fill in wrinkles and creases and restore lost facial volume. Fillers typically use a synthetic compound like hyaluronic acid to shape, sculpt, and rejuvenate one’s face.
Botox and fillers are different, but both share the goal of helping you look your best!