We’ve all been there at one point in our lives. Maybe you’re looking at the latest photo you’ve been tagged in on Facebook or Instagram, or maybe you just catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror in some unflattering light. All of a sudden, as if out of nowhere, you notice some fine lines and wrinkles that you swear weren’t there before and suddenly feel as though you’ve aged 10 years in a matter of seconds.
For people wanting to slow the effects of aging and gain a younger, more youthful appearance, Botox treatments have always been a popular option. Despite their popularity, there is still quite a lot of confusion and misconception surrounding this procedure. The following are some of the most common myths about Botox treatments.
1) Botox treatments freeze your face into an emotionless statue
It seems to be an on-going joke in TV shows and movies that after getting Botox injections you will be left with a frozen, statue-like face, incapable of showing any form of emotion. The reason behind this myth is that Botox works by inhibiting muscular activity, in order to reduce the lines and wrinkles caused through repeated muscular activity. Surgeons do not aim for a “frozen” look, however, instead opting for a more natural, toned back approach. A trusted, well-qualified cosmetic surgeon should be able to help you retain some degree of natural movement.
2) Botox is only used to reduce facial lines and wrinkles
Botox has been used by surgeons for over 40 years, and the facial injections people associate it with are only one of its uses. As well as being used to reduce lines and wrinkles, Botox is also used to treat excessive sweating, bladder instability, migraines and a range of overactive muscle conditions.
3) Botox injections are incredibly painful
Many people are under the impression that Botox injections are very painful, but again, this is untrue. Most people say the injection only stings momentarily and is a mild discomfort at most. Botox is often even referred to as a “lunchtime treatment”, due to how quick and easy it can be.
4) Botox treatments are unsafe
Another common misconception surrounding Botox is that’s is incredibly unsafe for patients. This myth comes from the fact that Botox is, in fact, a toxin, and can be harmful in very strong dosages. When it is used by cosmetic surgeons, however, it is used in much smaller, diluted, controlled amounts, making it safe for patients.
5) It’s easy to spot someone who has had Botox treatments
This myth can be linked to our first point, about Botox turning your face into an emotionless statue. In these cases, it may be easy to notice if someone has had Botox. However, due to the fact that most surgeons will opt for a more natural look, the effects won’t be as noticeable to people who aren’t looking for them – you’ll just be left with a younger, more youthful appearance.