Botox is always a topic of debate. Celebrities brought it into the limelight and made it a household topic of discussion. While many people look at the concept of botox with skepticism, botox, when done right, can turn out to be a life savior. Additionally, its anti-aging properties cannot be ignored or disregarded. However, there are plenty of misconceptions and myths that surround this treatment. Let’s understand what these are and go into debunking mode.
#Myth 1. Botox Only Works on Women and Not on Men
One of the most common myths surrounding botox is that it works only on women or in other words, only women can get it done. This is far from the truth. While most women opt for this treatment, botox works for men and women both. This is probably why this treatment is also being called “bro-tox.” More and more men, in their 30s, are opting for this treatment.
In fact, according to research by Statista, the top nonsurgical cosmetic procedure globally for the year 2020 was Botulinum toxin. The research further states that plastic surgeons performed over 6.2 million Botox injections in 2020.
#Myth 2. Botox Can Get Rid of All Kinds of Wrinkles
Another common myth with respect to botox is that it can get rid of any kind of facial wrinkles possible. This is not true. Botox is FDA-cleared to treat key trouble areas such as the brow, the forehead, and the crow’s feet. If you want to even out wrinkles, lines, and folds in the lower portion of your face, go for soft tissue fillers instead.
#Myth 3. Botox Injections End up Freezing the Face
One of the biggest concerns among patients is that it might ‘freeze’ the facial muscles. Granted that botox aims to reduce the repeated muscle contractions that are responsible for wrinkle formation, it doesn’t actually paralyze the face or make it look ‘frozen.’ You do however need to go to an experienced plastic surgeon who can provide the right course of treatment for botox and help with the post-surgery follow-ups as well.
#Myth 4. Botox Is a Time-Consuming Process (In Terms of Duration)
Many people think botox is a long-drawn-out process. On the contrary, botox treatments, unlike other complicated treatments, typically take less than half an hour. The treatment is quick and easy. You won’t have to wait for too long before going back to your daily life.
#Myth 5. The Best Time to Do Botox Is When the Lines Just Start to Appear
Botox works best as a preventative treatment according to experts. Ideally, you should try to get ahead of the game, which will ultimately be more useful in the long run. Waiting till the lines become etched into the skin will only make the botox treatment more complex. In simpler words, smoothening the appearance will become tricky. If you’re wondering about why certain wrinkles and lines appear, sometimes, the root cause is muscle movements such as scowling, raising eyebrows, or squinting.
By engaging in preventive botox, the muscles can actually learn not to make certain expressions and worsen the lines. This will also ensure that you need botox less and less often.
#Myth 6. If You Stop the Botox Treatment, Your Wrinkles Will Worsen
Stopping the botox treatment altogether does not worsen your wrinkles — it simply means that your wrinkles will go back to their original form. While you keep up with the botox treatments, the wrinkles will be maintained and will not worsen. The moment you stop the treatment, the relaxing effect of the botox treatment will be lost, and the original wrinkles will start to reappear with more and more movement (and of course, as you age).
Unknown to many, Botox is not a permanent treatment; its effects last anywhere between three and four months. If you manage to get injected more regularly, over time, the results can last a little longer.
Pro-tip: Even though botox as a preventative measure works swimmingly well, people should wait till they’re 22 before getting the treatment done.
#Myth 7. Botox Is Simply a Cosmetic Procedure
Botox is not done solely for cosmetic purposes. Botox injections can treat migraines by lowering muscle tension and reducing strain on the nervous system. Furthermore, botox can also stop the sweat glands from excessive sweating and boost people’s confidence levels.
#Myth 8. The Positive Effects of Botox Can Be Seen Immediately
People think botox is a one-time treatment, which starts showing positive effects after one sitting. Botox does not provide instant results. The effects are generally gradual and more subtle in nature. You will start seeing noticeable changes after a period of 3-5 days. Complete results should be visible after seven to ten days. This is primarily because botox works on reducing and inhibiting muscle movement, reducing the chances of wrinkles and lines appearing in the long run.
#Myth 9. Botox Is a Permanent Treatment
Contrary to popular opinion, botox is not a permanent fix. This treatment works as long as you keep getting injected. It provides temporary results, anywhere between 3 and 6 months, depending on your skin lines as well as wrinkle appearance. The length of the treatment also depends on the number of times you have received the botox injection.
#Myth 10. Botox Is Dangerous or Unsafe
Finally, most people consider botox to be an unsafe treatment. This is not true. It is a safe treatment and is not toxic for your skin at all.
As the stigma attached to botox fades away, more and more people are embracing this anti-aging injectable. It is essential to speak to your preferred doctor and proceed with a botox treatment. If you’re looking for an experienced team of professionals, get in touch with our team at Drip Med Spa. We can help you make the right choice basis on your skin type, requirements, and general skin-health conditions.