Let’s be honest!
We’ve all considered getting Botox at one time or another. The truth is, most women have considered Botox!
It’s completely normal to be curious about wanting to reduce wrinkles and look your best. And, it is likely you’ve done a little digging on your own.
The truth is, there is a lot of misinformation about Botox out there!
If you have searched for Botox online, you are bound to see an exposé on the most recent victim of botched Botox. Not to mention, the shocking before and after photos.
There are always a few horror stories of procedures going awry. Those are isolated cases, often times performed by inexperienced or non-medical professionals.
So. let’s learn about some of the most prevalent myths and rumors about Botox… as well as the actual truth!
Rumour: Botox is Dangerous
You may have decided to not pull the trigger on Botox because you heard that it was poisonous or probably even fatal!
Reality: Botox is safe
This rumor has a lot to do with the origins of Botox because it is derived from a neurotoxic protein from bacteria, called Botulinum toxin.
Sounds pretty scary, doesn’t it! Well, Botox is the purified protein derivative of Botulinum toxin. The process for creating Botox transforms it into a non-toxic and safe option for men and women all over the globe.
Botox injections are entirely safe when performed by an experienced medical professional who understands the anatomy and function of the muscles on the face.
Medical professionals inject the solution into specific muscles to relax them. This is different than most injected substances which are injected directly into the bloodstream.
Still not convinced?
The amount of Botox injections you would need before experiencing any detrimental side effects is around 200 – 300 units. Those numbers are sky high, in comparison to the amount of injections (25 to 50 units) you would receive during a normal course of treatment.
Long story short, you have nothing to worry about.
Now let’s address the misinformation about Botox:
Rumour: Botox will freeze my face
This myth has been the butt of many reality tv and 90s sitcoms. We’ve all seen the hilarious bit where a character is stuck with a frozen or lobsided expression due to a botched Botox session.
While hilarious and great for ratings, this rumor is entirely false.
Reality: Botox relaxes muscle movement
Most women decide to get Botox because they really want to fight signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine lines. Luckily, Botox offers a quick and easy solution.
But how exactly does Botox rejuvenate the face?
Wrinkles on the skin are formed by repetitive facial expressions. That’s right! There are 43 muscles on the face that contract and release thousands of times each and every day.
Botox works by causing some of these overactive muscles to relax. Once the treatment has taken it full effect, wrinkles and fine lines will smooth out.
Be clear about your goals and communicate them to your Botox doctor so that you don’t end up with a frozen appearance. Also check for customer testimonials on third party sites to avoid being the poster child of the next Botox fail.
The best way to protect yourself is to make sure you are working with a certified medical professional. They understand the complexities of the human anatomy, how Botox works and know exactly what to do to give you the look you natural looking results.
Rumour: Botox is only for anti-aging
Social media and blogs are a buzz with all of the cosmetic uses of Botox. Can you blame them? In many ways, Botox is a miracle drug for reducing unwanted wrinkles and fine lines. But, I bet you didn’t know that Botox has several other uses.
Reality: Botox is used to treat many health and cosmetic needs.
Botox was not originally created to treat wrinkles and fine lines! It was created in order to treat eye spams and flickering.
Botox didn’t even break into the cosmetic and beauty industry until many years after it was created and approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).
Medical professionals are even using Botox “off label” in order to treat many conditions:
- Excessive sweating
- Muscular disorders
- Strabismus (crossed eyes)
- Bladder disorders
- Bowel disorders
- Gummy smile and more
Rumor: Botox hurts!
You cannot hear the word Botox without thinking about needles. Be honest, do you still get a little woozy when you think about needles? If so, don’t worry! Most women and men still carry childhood fears of the sting of a needle.
Luckily, your Botox session should not fill you with dread.
Reality: Botox is a minimally unpleasant and quick procedure.
All of the sensations you may feel during your Botox procedure are extremely manageable.
It’s all about the size of the needle and technique used during Botox treatments. The needle is much smaller than the average needle you are used to when you go to the doctor. Many women even say they didn’t even feel the injection or only felt a very light pinch or sting similar to a mosquito bite.
Now, if you are still feeling a little apprehensive about feeling any pain, just be honest with your medical professional when you book your appointment. You can even request that they use a numbing agent to ensure that you are comfortable for the entire procedure.
Rumour: Botox is addicting
Botox offers amazing results; unfortunately, nothing lasts forever, including Botox!
So how long does the average Botox treatment lasts? On average you can expect to see your results for 3 – 4 months. Because Botox is not permanent, there is a wildly perpetuated rumor that if you begin using Botox you will have trapped yourself in a constant loop of getting treatments.
Reality: Botox is not addicting.
While Botox works miracles, it no addictive qualities. Botox’s active ingrediant slows down muscle movements. That’s it.
Therefore, the ridiculous rumor that stopping Botox will all of a sudden send your face spiraling downward and actually speed up the aging process, is insane. There is no scientific research out there to support such silly rumors.
What will really happen if you decide to stop your Botox treatments once you’ve started?
Well, since is Botox isn’t a permanent procedure, you will eventually begin to notice the results begin to wear off. The sad reality is that if you do not continue, then you will begin to notice the existing wrinkles and fine lines re-appear.
So while there are no addictive chemicals in Botox that will make you a Botox addict, you will love your results.
Therefore, it’s not actually the chemicals it’s the results that keep women coming back for more.
Is Botox the right fit for you?
Don’t make your decision about Botox based on a bunch of baseless rumors. Botox is a safe and minimally unpleasant that can dramatically rejuvenate your face in a matter of minutes.
There is no need to be scared about your face being destroyed or that you’ll end up addicted to getting injections. As long as you work with an experienced medical professional, you too will enjoy a younger, more youthful appearance.