Do you know all there is to know about Botox myths?
When it comes to cosmetic procedures, one of the most sought-after of them all is a Botox® treatment. What is it? This non-invasive procedure involves injecting botulinum toxin into areas of the face to help deliver a youthful and fresh appearance. To ensure the success of the treatment, it is essential to seek a qualified professional who is well-trained in the techniques of the procedure.
Generally, the more popular something is, the more misconceptions there are surrounding it. This is also the case with Botox® injections and procedures. Here are the ten biggest Botox myths that should not prevent anyone from opting for the treatment.
1. Botox® is not safe
The first of the Botox myths is that patients who are skeptical of getting a Botox® treatment often think that the procedure is unsafe. However, this is not true. In fact, the drug present in injectable Botox® has been researched for over a century, and it has been found that the drug is safe for both cosmetic and therapeutic uses. It has received approval from the FDA and is used in cosmetic applications as well as for patients with neurological disorders, bladder issues, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and more.
The fact is that the Botox® drug itself is very safe when injected in a regulated amount. Therefore, there is an essential need that such treatment should only be administered by a well-qualified practitioner. Any issues that might arise during the process is typically due to untrained professionals and not the drug itself. Since regulations about the treatment vary from one state to another and in some regions it is not well regulated at all; the responsibility is on the patient to ensure the qualification of the practitioner before seeking the procedure. If a skilled professional is used, Botox® is as safe as it can be.
2. A Botox® injection is very painful
It is common to hear how excruciatingly painful cosmetic procedures are. Such stories are enough to scare anyone away from getting any treatment in this area. If pain is the only thing stopping someone from getting a Botox® treatment, then they should be happy to know that Botox® injections are not as painful as they are often said to be.
Instead, patients who have received Botox® injections have reported that only mild discomfort is felt when an administrator injects Botox®. Regardless of how low someone’s pain threshold is, it is highly unlikely that the Botox® injection will be very painful. This is because the needles used for Botox® injections are very thin and only a small amount of Botox® is injected. Patients only feel a tiny pinch for a second or two during the process. Often multiple injections are required, and several pinches may make the experience a bit uncomfortable but each of them lasts only a few seconds and are tolerable.
3. Botox® injections are addictive
One of the biggest Botox myths surrounding Botox® is that it is addictive in nature. However, Botox® drugs do not have any addictive properties or elements. Since there are no psychoactive ingredients in the product, it cannot possibly be addictive or cause anyone to get “high”.
There are various medical issues where symptoms may be lessened by using Botox®. However, in terms of making a patient physically addicted to the drug, this is not the case with Botox®. Patients can become increasingly dependent on it because it helps them in looking youthful. But, this arises because of a person’s priority on their appearance. It is an intrinsic factor rather than a physical dependency.
4. The effects of Botox® are permanent
Sometimes patients envision a given procedure to turn out a certain way. But, when it is finally done, the result is completely different and occasionally undesirable. Just like any other cosmetic procedure, such feelings of dissonance can also arise in Botox® procedures. There is a misconception that Botox® effects are permanent and are therefore irreversible.
This is not true. Instead, this procedure yields temporary results. After a period of three to six months, the effects wear off. For continued effect, you might desire to receive Botox® again after the recommended minimum time since the last injection. Therefore, anyone looking for a permanent solution, or those who are afraid of the procedure not yielding results, know that it can be an ongoing commitment to keep up the desired results.
5. Botox® is just meant for wrinkles and facial lines
Waiting for wrinkles and fine lines to appear before opting for the Botox® treatment? Do you believe that the procedure is only intended for treating wrinkles? While such myths surround the procedure, the truth is that Botox® can be, and is, used for a plethora of medical conditions. Currently, Botox® is used to treat strabismus, migraines, back pain, TMJ conditions and hyperhidrosis.
Even if you desire the cosmetic effects brought about by Botox®, it is not necessary to wait until fine lines appear. Instead, patients use Botox® injections to prevent aging in the first place.
6. Botox® is instantaneous
You will not see immediate results from Botox® injections. The procedure doesn’t work instantaneously. You can’t expect to go into the procedure and come out completely revitalized and youthful. In fact, any cosmetic procedure which has drastic effects from the get-go is questionable.
Rather than immediate effects, Botox® showcases its effect slowly and subtly. Some apparent changes in the appearance may be visible after 3-5 days while the full results will take over seven to ten days to show.
Why does Botox® take time to show effect? This is mainly because of how the drug works. When injected in the skin cells, Botox® helps relax and reduce the movement of facial muscles. This helps in inhibiting the onset of wrinkles and fine lines. In some cases, multiple injections are required to obtain the desired effect.
7. Botox® is meant for women
It is believed that women are more invested in retaining their youthful beauty. Therefore, a lot of people think that Botox® treatments are intended solely for women. This is not the case. In fact, both men and women these days want to look presentable and cosmetic procedures like Botox® can help them both equally.
As time goes by, more and more men are undergoing such treatments because the social taboo attached to it is slowly dissipating. Now, men seek such treatments in an effort to look more approachable. The fewer wrinkles one has, the softer look it gives to the face. Many are of the view that a lot of fine lines and wrinkles make them look old, angry and unapproachable. By using Botox®, many men are combatting this issue.
8. Botox® makes people seem emotionless
How does one showcase his/her emotions? Through their expressions. There is a lot of talk around how Botox® freezes the face of the patient and renders them incapable of expressing themselves via their facial movements.
If patients receive Botox® from a trained healthcare provider who knows the right technique of injecting Botox®, this issue does not arise. In fact, when correctly administered, Botox® helps give a natural and youthful look to the patient. Therefore, rather than staying away from Botox®, to begin with, look for the best professionals out there for the procedure. This will ensure that you don’t have a frozen look post-treatment.
9. Plastic surgery renders the need for Botox® treatments unnecessary
Plastic surgeries do not stop or slow down the natural aging process. Even if the patient has a youthful appearance today, wrinkles and fine lines will appear as they naturally get older.
Therefore, to prevent the occurrence of fine lines and to inhibit the natural aging process, Botox® treatments should be sought as preventive measures.
10. Anyone can inject the Botox® injection
Out of all the Botox myths, this misconception is very important! It is believed that all that is required for a Botox® treatment is injecting the drug. Does this mean anyone and everyone can administer it? Absolutely not!
Even though it is a non-invasive procedure, it is a medical treatment nonetheless. Therefore, it should only be administered to a patient by a well experienced, qualified and certified (trained) healthcare practitioner.
Don’t fall for the mentioned misconceptions. Botox® treatments have various advantages. For those people wishing for a rejuvenated and youthful appearance, they should not let these incorrect beliefs (Botox myths) stop them from getting Botox® injections. The most important advice is to ensure you find a qualified and experienced medical professional. Often, referrals from friends are often your best source but also checking an administrator’s qualifications and certification.
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