Botox is undeniably one of the best treatments out there for keeping your face youthful, radiant and looking fresh! One of the easiest fixes for combating the aging process, Botox, when injected by qualified medical professionals such as our expert cosmetic injectors at Lucere, can reduce the fine lines and wrinkles found on your forehead, between your eyebrows and the crow’s feet around the eyes.
It can also serve to alter negative expressions such as a downturned mouth or even lift a drooping brow. Botox is also used in treating an array of medical conditions, such as jaw tension, excessive sweating, migraines and dystonia (involuntary muscle spasms or contractions).
We’d like to point out that Botox is actually one of several brand names for neuromodulators offered on the market. Dysport, Nuceiva and Xeomin are also neuromodulator brands that dermatologists and expert injectors use, all for the same purpose.
Despite Botox being one of the most common cosmetic procedures offered on the market today, there still remains a lot of misconceptions, and even some controversy, surrounding the treatment. We’re here to put these rumours to rest by discussing 15 of the most common myths surrounding Botox.
Myth 1: Botox builds up in the body over time
Botox does not accumulate in the body. Once injected, it relaxes the muscle, softening movement and intense expressions, leading to less wrinkles and fine lines. Within three to four months, the effects of the Botox lessen over time, and your muscles return with their natural strength and movement. In order to maintain the desired results, Botox must be injected every three to four months. Previous activity levels of your muscles will be resumed if Botox treatments are discontinued altogether.
Myth 2: Botox injections lead to a frozen face
There is such a thing as too much Botox! When administered by our expert cosmetic injectors and board-certified dermatologist at Lucere, you will be able to continue making facial expressions while having a relaxed, well-rested face with no lines. Botox should never leave you with a ‘frozen’ effect, as that means too much Botox has been administered. The treatment relaxes the treated muscles, and with a skilled injector, you will still be able to display your entire range of expressions. Our philosophy at Lucere is ‘Look Good. Not Done’ and we stand by treatments that are performed by experts in the correct way, leaving you well-rested and beautiful, not fake.
Myth 3: Botox is only effective for cosmetic enhancements
Not true! Beyond the amazing cosmetic effects Botox has, it is also used to treat a wide range of medical conditions. It is extensively used to treat over 20 medical conditions, including migraines, jaw tension, eye squints, overactive bladders, excessive sweating (under the arms, hands and feet) as well as dystonia (involuntary muscle contractions or spasms). Botox has also been effective in lowering levels of depression. We mentally respond to our bodies’ physical state, meaning when you physically frown less, for example, your mood is naturally enhanced, and you feel happier.
Myth 4: Wrinkles will worsen if you stop getting Botox
Botox will not worsen the formation of wrinkles if treatments stop. Your wrinkles will naturally go back to their previous state due to a normalization of activity levels of the muscles found in your face. The natural effects of aging will also continue, deepening lines and wrinkles. Botox must be administered every three to four months to reduce the aging process’s effects on your face.
Myth 5: Botox treatments are toxic
Botox is an FDA approved treatment, used by physicians and experts for several conditions. Being used prominently for over 20 years, Botox has a long, well-established track record for being safe. In terms of toxicity, it would take 100 times more than the average dose given for cosmetic uses for Botox to be toxic. In fact, medically speaking, your physician could use anywhere from 300-500 units of Botox for conditions such as an overactive bladder, and it would be perfectly safe. Safety is key and having the product injected safely and correctly is important, and that’s why you should only go to experienced, expert injectors for treatment. But rest assured, Botox will not make you sick or add toxins to your body.
Myth 6: Botox is a Filler
Botox and filler are two different treatments and are not interchangeable words describing the same thing. Botox works to relax the treated muscles causing lines in the first place, while filler is used to fill those lines and essentially restore or give volume in targeted areas of the face.
Myth 7: You Need to Be Older to Have Botox
Cosmetically speaking, there is no specific age to determine if it’s the right time to use Botox or not. Botox is great in your 30s for keeping your skin looking youthful, fresh and vibrant. Benefits for clients in their 40s and 50s include rejuvenation of the skin by reducing the effects of the aging process on their faces. However, more and more people are turning to Botox in their 20s as a preventative measure to reduce the production of fine lines and wrinkles before they get worse.
Myth 8: Botox Trains Muscles
This one is kind of true! When keeping up with your Botox injections over a period of time, the muscles that cause lines and wrinkles are relaxed, and so over time, they lose their strength and relax those wrinkle-producing expressions. Compare this idea to other muscles in your body. If you don’t use your right arm for a year, naturally, it will become weaker and the muscles will shrink. The same beneficial result with long term use of Botox. However, if you cut your Botox regiment out completely, over time, your face muscles will regain their strength again causing harsher expressions and the return of fine lines and wrinkles.
Myth 9: Having Botox Gives You Good Skin
Botox is not responsible for giving you good skin. Botox is used to relax the movement of muscles responsible for facial expressions, which reduces the intensity of expressions and leads to a smoother face in terms of fine lines and wrinkles being reduced. Botox, however, is not a skincare regiment and has no benefits in improving skin pigmentations, acne or reducing breakouts.
Myth 10: Men Can’t Have Botox
This is absolutely false! Botox is not just designed for women, and many of our very own clients at Lucere are men who would like to get a handle on reducing the natural effects of aging. Botox has the same effect in men as it does with women, and it leaves all our clients looking fresh, rested and great. Men do require more units of Botox than women do, given that their face muscles are naturally stronger.
Myth 11: The effects of Botox are instant
No, they are not. Botox does take 24-48 hours to kick in, that is, to start working, however, drastic improvement won’t be realized until around 7-10 days after. The maximum effects aren’t noticed until a full 2 weeks after treatment, lasting for about 3-4 months on average.
Myth 12: Botox is painful and leads to bruising
Botox injections are not supposed to be painful and that’s why you should only be allowing expert injectors, such as our Board-Certified Dermatologist and Cosmetic Nurses at Lucere, to perform the treatment. Bruising is also highly unlikely to occur, as the needle used in these injections is tiny, but again, we stress going to expert injectors for the best experience and results possible. We refer to Botox as the ‘lunchtime facelift’, meaning you can come into Lucere on your lunch break, get your Botox, and return to work right after without anyone noticing you got it.
Myth 13: Botox only works on wrinkles
Absolutely not true! Botox is an effective treatment for more than just reducing fine lines and wrinkles. In fact, the more experienced your injector is, such as our highly trained injectors at Lucere, the more you can do with it. Cosmetically, Botox can be used to lift the eyebrows, enhance the opening of eyes, lift the corners of the mouth for a nicer smile, fix a smile that shows too much of the gums, slim the jawline, lift the tip of the nose, etc. In many ways, it can enhance the anatomy of your face with just a few simple injections. Botox can also be used to prevent excessive sweating in your underarms, feet and hands.
Myth 14: Botox is addictive
This one is false! Botox does not have any addicting properties, so you cannot physically become addicted to the product.
Myth 15: Botox can lead to frequent headaches
Botox does not cause headaches. In fact, many patients are administered Botox injections if they suffer from frequent headaches and migraines as it’s very effective for treating these conditions.