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5 Myths About Botox Debunked

Despite Botox injections being one of the most effective and safest cosmetic procedures, it’s often shrouded in unfounded myths. There are many common myths that surround Botox that you should know of so you can better determine if it’s right for you.

Keep reading to learn about the five Botox myths you shouldn’t believe.

Myth 1: Botox Will Give Me a Frozen Look

Botox can subtly enhance facial features without freezing the face. It targets specific muscles that cause wrinkles and fine lines and doesn’t affect other muscles that control overall facial expressions. 

That way, patients can still express themselves when they laugh, smile, or cry. The outcome of Botox depends on the skill of an injector. 

Hence, it’s important to choose a qualified and experienced injector like those at Schlessinger Eye & Face. If a person looks unnaturally stiff or frozen after Botox, it could be due to incorrect placement or dosing.

Too much Botox can leave you with an expressionless face. Botox must be injected skillfully by an experienced injector and precisely to maintain muscle harmony and natural facial movement.

Myth 2: Botox Only Treats Wrinkles

Botox is a common procedure most popularly used to treat wrinkles. But it isn’t limited to beauty. 

Botox was initially used to treat certain eye conditions. While treating these patients, the cosmetic benefits of Botox were discovered.

Botox has various medical applications. It’s effective for treating common and rare conditions, including:

  • Jaw pain
  • Neck spasms
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cervical dystonia
  • Chronic migraines 
  • Overactive bladder
  • Eyelid muscle spasms
  • Strabismus or cross-eye  
  • Bruxism or teeth-grinding
  • Sweaty palms and excessive underarm sweating

If you have one of these conditions, your doctor may recommend Botox as a treatment option.

Myth 3: You Can’t Stop Once You Start Receiving Botox

Botox isn’t permanent, but its effects last for months. Patients looking to maintain a youthful appearance will need to receive ongoing Botox injections. 

However, these can be safely discontinued at any time. Botox doesn’t contain addictive substances, so a patient can’t become substance dependent. 

There are also no adverse side effects should you decide to take a break from Botox or stop after years of regular injections. Patients return for frequent treatments because they love the outcome and want to continue looking refreshed and youthful, not because they’re physically addicted.

Myth 4: My Wrinkles Will Worsen if I Stop Getting Botox

Botox works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles responsible for wrinkles. If you stop using Botox, it eventually wears off, usually within three to six months. 

Consequently, muscles in the treated areas slowly regain their ability to contract, causing the gradual reappearance of wrinkles and expression lines. But your face doesn’t become dramatically wrinkled or worse off once you cease treatment. 

The lines and wrinkles simply return to their original state after you discontinue Botox injections. In fact, after stopping Botox, some patients realize that their wrinkles are less severe because their muscles have been trained to relax. 

Any additional wrinkles and lines seen over time are due to the natural aging process.

Myth 5: Botox is Toxic and Dangerous 

Botox is derived from botulinum toxin, a bacterium known to cause life-threatening food poisoning. However, it’s refined to be used in small doses that have been proven safe for humans. 

The FDA has approved Botox use as a skin procedure and for the treatment of certain health conditions. Moreover, millions of people have used the treatment safely for years. 

The treatment is safest when applied by a skilled and experienced injector with knowledge of anatomy and who adheres to all recommended protocols of administration, storage, and drug dosing.

Do you want to achieve a youthful, natural face that aligns with your aesthetic goals? Schedule a Botox consultation at Schlessinger Eye & Face in Woodbury, NY, today!