Botox injections are the most common aesthetic treatments, sought out by millions worldwide each year. Still, despite it’s household popularity there is still a shroud of mystery around the neurotoxin injectable as well as persistent myths about how the product works.
In honor of Botox Cosmetic Day on November 17th, we’re debunking and demystifying misnomers about Botox.
Myth: Botox freezes your face
This is the number one concern we hear from clients. They don’t want to look “overdone” or end up unable to make facial expressions. Luckily, if you’re going to a trusted injector, this isn’t anything to worry about. Although the injected muscle is unable to contract following a Botox injection, the treated wrinkles relax and soften, not “freeze.” An experienced provider who knows how many units your skin requires, and what areas you’re looking to treat is the key to subtle treatment.
Myth: Botox works immediately
The injection is simple. When you come in for your Botox appointment, expect some quick needlework that’s finished in under 20 minutes. However, the results aren’t as quick. The effects are gradual, with initial results visible around two weeks after your appointment and full results visible after a week.
Myth: Botox is the same as filler
While the two treatments make a great pair, other than the injectable aspect they are inherently different. Unlike Botox which keeps you from contracting the treated muscle, preventing further wrinkles, injectable fillers smooth out the treated area by filling in the skin. The active ingredient found in dermal fillers is hyaluronic acid and its versatility is what allows injectors to use filler to shape features (like the lips) and restore lost volume.
Myth: Botox isn’t safe
Botox is perfectly safe. The active ingredient, botulinum toxin, injected in small doses, poses no risk to your health. Since botulinum toxin’s discovery in the 1950s, the ingredient has been researched extensively: Botox is even FDA-approved.
Myth: Botox only treats wrinkles
While Botox is used to treat crow’s feet, forehead lines, laugh lines, and other signs of aging, that’s not all it can treat. In addition to smoothing out wrinkles, Botox can also give your eyebrows a lift with strategically placed injections, raising sagging eyebrows and reducing the appearance of upper eyelid hooding. Additionally, Botox can treat medical issues too such as muscle spasms, jaw pain, migraines, and even sweat control.
Myth: If you stop Botox, wrinkles worsen
Botox only stays in the system for three to six months. It is not permanent, and it is not necessary to continue injections forever. After the Botox has left your wrinkles and fine lines will return to how they appeared before, gradually returning to how you looked prior to the treatment.
Celebrate feeling confident in your body and Botox Cosmetic Day this month! While there’s never a wrong time to take the plunge, Alle Reward Points will be offering double points on Botox Cosmetic the week of 11/15 to 11/21 and offering a special gift card offer on November 17th for Alle members, so it’s a great month to explore the treatment.
Give us a call to book your appointment and learn more about the special: (781) 826-5400!