Botox has become one of the most popular minimally invasive treatments in today’s society. It’s sometimes called a “lunch time procedure” due to how fast the treatment can be done. Botox appears to hold many misconceptions commonly due to social media and celebrities. To set the record straight I am going to address the 8 most common myths about botox.
1. Botox is dangerous
Botox also known as botulinum toxin type A is a protein complex derived from the bacterium clostridium botulinum. Botox has been FDA approved, meaning the product has been regulated by Health Canada to be used both medically and cosmetically. Botox can be injected in many areas of the face, most commonly are around the eyes (crows feet), the forehead (expression line), or between the brows (11’s).
2. Once you have Botox you have to continue forever
Many people are convinced that your skin will sag, wrinkle and look worse once you stop your treatments. When the effects of Botox wears off your skin will go back to how it was prior to botox injections and your face will continue to age with time. You’ll also find that it is also preventative and won’t need it as often as you initially did. People are commonly so happy with their results that they continue doing their treatment, and believe me it becomes addictive!
3. Botox is painful
There may be slight discomfort but not anything unbearable. Botox needles are tiny, making it feel like almost nothing. Fillers could be a little more uncomfortable but majority of the products contain lidocaine which is a numbing agent to help minimize pain. Here at TTMspa we use Dr.Simon Ourian’s Vibrata to decrease discomfort as well. Also a topical anesthetic can be applied 15-20 minutes prior, but most clients don’t find the need for it.
4. Botox makes you lose all facial expressions
This is probably one of the most common misconceptions about Botox. Botox relaxes the muscle only where it’s injected, provided its injected by a skilled injector you will still have a full range of expressions just not as many lines. A “frozen face” only occurs when too many of the wrong muscles are injected, or too many units are injected at the site. An experienced injector will know how many units a patient will need to see results without over injecting causing no movement. Here at TTMspa we want you looking stunning not stunned!
5. Botox is only used for facial wrinkles
Before Botox was used for facial wrinkles it was first approved to treat eye muscle disorder (uncontrollably blinking) and neurological movement disorder. It’s also used for chronic migraines, neck and back pain, facial twitches, and excessive sweating.
6. Botox is only for women
Botox is marketed as a treatment mainly for women but more often than not men do it too! In the cosmetic world it’s called Brotox and is growing to become more common. The same procedure is required for men and women the only difference is males may need a few extra units because their muscles tend to be stronger.
7. Botox can erase all my wrinkles
Botox does take away wrinkles but it won’t eliminate all the lines on your face forever. Botox isn’t permanent and only lasts 3-6 months depending on your body. There are 2 types of wrinkles, dynamic wrinkles and static wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are developed from facial muscular movement whereas static wrinkles come from aging and sun exposure. Static wrinkles do not react to botox, they may require a combination of dermal fillers and laser treatments. As mentioned previously, after a few Botox appointments you will notice that the results will last longer and appointments will stretch out to 5-6 months apart, as long as you stay consistent!
8. Botox is filler
Botox is a neurotoxin which paralyses the muscles from moving by relaxing the muscles and softening the wrinkle. Fillers which are made up of Hyaluronic acid are injected into the skin to fill in wrinkles or hollowness, directly softening them or adding volume to the face.