Botox is practically a household name at this point. It’s come a long way from the taboo treatment that only A-listers and the vain get in secret. Still, there are a lot of myths and misinformation surrounding the injectable. Here are the top 5 myths and the truth about Botox.

Myth: No one knows the longterm effects of Botox

While the word “neurotoxin” might sound intimidating, a quick historical evaluation can assuage any concern. In the 1950s, scientists discovered Botulinum toxin a naturally occurring neurotoxin that decreased muscle activity by blocking nerve signal — from there, Botox was born. Since its discovery in the 50s, a lot of studies have been done. Botox is even FDA-approved.

Myth: Botox will freeze your face 

The most popular injectable available, it’s a common misunderstanding that Botox “freezes” your face. While the injected muscle is unable to contract, the treated wrinkles relax and soften — not “freeze.”  The myth comes from stereotypes of over-injected faces, but ike most aesthetic treatments, the injector makes a difference. It’s important to go to an experienced provider who knows how many units your skin requires, and what areas you’re looking to treat.

Myth: Botox is only for wrinkles. 

Botox is a common and quick procedure most popularly used to treat crow’s feet, forehead lines, laugh lines, and other signs of aging. However, that’s not all it can treat.

Aesthetically speaking, in addition to smoothing out wrinkles, Botox can also give your eyebrows a lift with strategically placed injections, raising sagging eyebrows and reducing the appearance of upper eyelid hooding.

Medically speaking, Botox can treat a lot too, such as muscle spasms, jaw pain, migraines and even sweat control. If you’re affected by any of these conditions, let us know and we can determine if Botox is the right solution for you. 

Myth: Botox is high maintenance

While Botox may not last forever, the results aren’t negligible either. It’s important to note that it also takes some time for the injectable to work, with peak results showing after one week. However, the procedure itself is quick and painless with no downtime, so you can get injected during your lunch hour and return to work with no one the wiser. The injection itself takes no more than fifteen minutes, and is traditionally done without any numbing cream or anesthesia at all.  Once injected Botox can last up to six months, so maintenance is easy to stay on top of.

Myth: Botox and fillers are the same 

Although both treatments involve injections and needles that can address wrinkles, the similarities stop there. Unlike neurotoxins that freeze the treated area, injectable fillers smooth out the treated area by filling in the skin. The active ingredient found in dermal fillers is hyaluronic acid.  Although they are different Botox and fillers can be used together to treat age-related problems.

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