Botox is a non-surgical alternative for women and men who desire flawless, naturally youthful looking skin without the hefty price tag or extensive recovery time of invasive procedures. There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding Botox treatment, so it is important to learn the facts so you can make the decision that is best for you. Examine the following myths and learn the truth about this revolutionary anti-aging procedure.
Myth: Botox is Dangerous
Botox is a simple, well-tested procedure practiced by physicians around the world with highly predictable results. The process works through a simple injection into the muscles just underneath the skin. The injectable fluid works by blocking nerve impulses that cause the muscles to contract, resulting in the brow and forehead lines that give the appearance of aging. This simple procedure has been approved by the FDA for use in the United States and Canada for more than 17 years.
Myth: Once You Start Botox Treatment You Can’t Stop
While many people become hooked after their first Botox treatment due to the simplicity of the procedure as well as the cosmetic results, Botox does not have any lasting effects once treatment is stopped. Because Botox works through temporary muscle paralysis, once the effects of the injectable wear off in a few months, the muscle and skin return to normal. Lines and wrinkles sometimes appear as they were before treatment began and the aging process continues naturally, but they do not worsen after Botox treatment ceases. Some patients report that their skin is permanently better than it was before treatment, even once the immediate effects have worn off.
Myth: Botox is Too Expensive
While patients generally need to return to their provider’s office for injections every few months during the early stages of Botox treatment, repeated use leads to longer lasting injections. Some patients can go six to nine months without needing a repeat injection, making the process more affordable long term. When the potentially permanent anti-aging effects of long-term Botox use are taken into account, Botox injections are a sound investment in your cosmetic appearance.
Myth: Botox Looks Unnatural
There is a common myth that Botox treatment results in an unnatural or plastic facial appearance. In reality, moderate use of Botox as recommended by a reputable practitioner results in a natural, relaxed look. Because Botox works through facial muscle paralysis, overuse can sometimes result in a stereotypically stiff or inexpressive face. Responsible Botox use is done strategically to ensure that the minimum amount of the injectable is used in the most effective locations. As long as the correct dosage is given, Botox merely reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles, giving the skin a natural but youthful appearance.
Myth: I’m Not the Botox Type
Botox injections are the most popular cosmetic procedure conducted by doctors in the United States. While many people believe there is only a certain type of person who gets Botox injection, the reality is that millions of men and women around the world secretly benefit from this popular procedure. From celebrities to soccer moms and office workers, Botox is an affordable, readily available procedure that is time tested and proven to reduce the cosmetic effects of aging.
Myth: Anyone Can Administer Botox Injections
While Botox is an incredibly safe procedure when administered by knowledgeable cosmetic medicine professionals in an appropriate setting, it is a procedure that should be handled with care. To properly give Botox injections with effective results, it is necessary to have a knowledge of the anatomy within the various facial muscles. The professionals at Soine Dermatology & Aesthetics specialize in administering Botox and other cosmetic injectables safely, comfortable and effectively. Not only do our cosmetic procedure experts understand how to formulate the correct dosage for each patient, but how to work with your individual facial anatomy to create the best and most natural looking version of you.