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10 January 2016

Debunking the Top 10 Myths About BOTOX

The Top 10 Myths About BOTOX & Why They’re Wrong

It’s time to stop listening to rumors and believing everything you may have heard in the past about BOTOX. For years, myths about BOTOX injections have been circulating—through word of mouth and via the Internet—and we’re here to dispel them. Here are the top 10 myths about BOTOX injections and why each one is untrue.

1. BOTOX is unsafe.

Critics will tell you that BOTOX is dangerous and risky. However, in 2002, BOTOX became the only FDA-approved treatment option for the temporary improvement of glabellar lines (aka the “frown lines” between your eyebrows). The treatment has been successfully used for millions of patients since its approval.

2. BOTOX is an invasive surgery.

Though commonly administered by plastic surgeons, BOTOX is not actually plastic surgery. It is a simple, non-surgical injection that takes just a few moments and requires no anesthesia.

3. BOTOX injections are painful.

BOTOX injections are not intended to be painful. However, some patients do experience a pinch or slight discomfort when receiving the injection.

4. Everyone will be able to tell if you’ve had BOTOX.

While you may experience some temporary swelling or redness after the injection, BOTOX is intended to produce natural results. You should look like yourself, only with fewer wrinkles.  

5. BOTOX will prevent you from being able to show emotions.

One of the most common myths regarding BOTOX is that it will leave you with a stiff, “plastic” appearance. In TV shows and movies, you’ll see people apparently unable to smile or show any kind of expression on their faces. This is extremely exaggerated for entertainment value. When you have BOTOX, you’ll still be able to smile, show fear and excitement, and more.

6. BOTOX is unnatural and filled with chemicals.

Contrary to what you may have heard, BOTOX is actually a natural drug. Made from a highly purified botulinum toxin, it is the only treatment for frown lines that has been approved in the United States for safe injections in adults.

7. BOTOX is just for women.

Women and men of all ages are great candidates for BOTOX procedures. You don’t have to be a woman to appreciate the self-confidence boost you’ll get from a younger, more rejuvenated face.

8. BOTOX will be able to get rid of all of your lines/wrinkles.

BOTOX is used to treat fine lines and wrinkles between your brows and will not affect your entire face. If you are concerned with wrinkles around your nose and mouth as well, BOTOX can be combined with another FDA-approved injection called Juvederm.

9. Once you start getting BOTOX, you’ll never be able to stop.

You may have heard that once you start receiving BOTOX injections, you’ll have to get them for the rest of your life. This is not true! You could safely stop getting injections at any point. Your wrinkles and fine lines will eventually reappear, but they won’t be made worse than they would have been had you never started BOTOX. In fact, after repeated BOTOX treatments, your frown lines may remain less severe because your muscles will be trained to relax.

10. BOTOX starts working immediately.

While BOTOX is administered quickly and requires no downtime afterward, it may be 3 to 5 days before you start seeing results. Results should last for approximately 4 to 6 months. After that, your wrinkles and lines will gradually start to reappear.

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