10 Myths and Facts About Botox

Posted by Cosmetica Plastic Surgery & Anti-Aging on Aug 12, 2022 4:37:18 PM

Botox or botulinum toxin is the most widely used non-surgical cosmetic procedure in the world due to its safety and good results, but despite being one of the most demanded facial rejuvenation treatments, there are still myths, doubts, and erroneous beliefs that we will clarify in this article.

Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments to treat the signs of aging, and its benefits do not end there. Botox also offers medical benefits. Despite its successful applicability in cosmetics and medicine, misinformation abounds. So if you're considering Botox for cosmetic or medical reasons, it's important to know the facts.

Below, we will bust some of the most common myths and facts surrounding Botox treatments.

 

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  1. Is Botox immediate?

❌ Myth.

Unfortunately, Botox does not provide immediate results. The effects are gradual and results are usually noticeable within the first 3-5 days. Full results are typically visible after seven to ten days. 

This is because Botox helps to relax and inhibit muscle movement to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. In some cases, one or two injections may be necessary to see full results and complete relaxation.

 

  1. Is Botox permanent?

❌ Myth.

Botox is not a permanent solution for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This treatment only provides temporary results, typically 4-6 months. 

How long the Botox will last depends on the patient, how well the toxin is absorbed and how many times the patient has received Botox. After this time, the movement of your muscles will begin to return, so wrinkles and expression lines will begin to reappear subtly and gradually.

 

  1. Is Botox safe?

✅ Fact.

Botox has been used for cosmetic purposes for over 20 years and is a completely safe treatment. This misconception that Botox is unsafe comes from the fact that it is believed to be a derivative of botulinum toxin. Botulinum toxin is often associated with food poisoning. 

This is a derivative of a protein found in botulinum toxin, but the levels injected into the body are not high enough to be considered toxic.

 

  1. Is Botox very painful?

❌ Myth.

It's common to hear how excruciatingly painful cosmetic procedures are. So if pain is the only thing keeping you from undergoing a Botox treatment, you should be happy to know that Botox injections are not as painful as they are often made out to be.

Instead, patients who have received Botox injections have expressed that only mild discomfort is felt when a professional injects them with the toxin. Regardless of how low a person's pain threshold is, it is highly unlikely that a Botox injection will be very painful to tolerate.

 

  1. Does Botox paralyze expression?

❌ Myth.

Botox provides a relaxed, healthy appearance without losing the natural expressiveness of the face. Asymmetries, excessive elevation of the tail of the eyebrow or limited eyelid opening (palpebral ptosis) are unwanted effects often caused by over dosage or improper technique. 

Although these are possible complications, if the product is applied by a specialist and in the proper dosage, Botox will provide very satisfactory results.

 

  1. Does its effect last longer if the application is repeated?

✅ Fact.

Although there are individual variations, with repeated application the duration of the effect is prolonged. Initially, its use may be indicated every 4 to 5 months, but it is usually used every 6 months in order to maintain the results over time.

  1. Is it only for people over 40 years old?

❌ Myth. 

This statement is a very common and very untrue belief. Botox, in addition to being used to correct wrinkles, is also used to prevent them and to provide a fresher and more rested face. This is because Botox slows down the loss of elasticity of the skin, as well as premature aging of the skin.

 

  1. When you stop using it, will wrinkles get worse?

❌ Myth. 

The effects are visible after 4 to 5 days and peak at 12-15 days after treatment (so no abrupt change is noticeable). The effect of Botox lasts an average of 4 to 6 months, which is the time it takes for the body to reabsorb the product. After this time, the muscles completely and progressively recover their pre-treatment mobility; this does not imply a worsening of the wrinkles with respect to the previous condition.

 

  1. It can only be administered by a licensed physician?

✅ Fact.

According to current legislation, Botox can and must only be administered by appropriately qualified professionals in licensed health centers with a pharmacy depot.

 

  1. Is Botox only for beauty treatments?

❌ Myth.

In fact, Botox was originally used for medical applications. It was from 1992 that Botox was regulated by international health authorities for use in aesthetic medicine, especially to remove and correct wrinkles.

 

Conclusion

Be sure to inform yourself as well as possible so that you will not fall into the above-mentioned misconceptions. Botox treatments have more advantages than disadvantages. 

People who want to look rejuvenated and youthful should not let these incorrect beliefs stop them from undergoing Botox injections. 

The most important advice is to make sure you find a qualified and experienced medical professional, such as the team of specialists at Cosmetica Plastic Surgery, a team of professionals who work through strict national standards to ensure your maximum safety, satisfaction, and comfort.

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