Although Botox injections have been around for decades, many patients remain skeptical about its safety and how the procedure reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, more than 7 million patients received Botox treatments in 2017. This statistic will likely continue to rise, as both men and women are more actively using cosmetic treatments to improve their overall appearance and stay competitive in the workforce.
No matter your age, Botox may be the non-invasive cosmetic treatment you need to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and help you get back healthier, younger looking skin.
To help you debunk some common Botox myths, here are some facts about Botox to help you understand why patients are becoming more eager to try this popular cosmetic treatment.
What is Botox?
Approved by the FDA in 2002, BOTOX® Cosmetic (botulinum toxin type A) consists of a purified protein that temporarily reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles between the eyebrows. The treatment works by injecting a low dose of the botulinum toxin directly into the brow’s muscles to help calm nerve impulses and prevent the muscles from contracting to form lines. Within 10 days or less, patients notice visible smoothing of expression lines around their brow area, resulting in a much younger appearance.
Botox is also commonly used off-label (meaning outside of its intended use to smooth glabellar lines) to treat other facial areas that eventually become affected with age, such as the creases along the forehead and crow’s feet around the eyes. Patients may also choose to receive treatment for the base of the nose, the lower face, chin, or neck area.
Under the direction of a trained Botox injector, patients have the advantage of using this cosmetic treatment to help contour their face or soften the appearance of a squared jaw.
Is Botox the Same as Dermal Fillers?
Botox and dermal fillers share a few similarities, including how both treatments are administered to patients (through injections) and the fact that they are minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. However, unlike Botox, which freezes muscles to help soften the appearance of wrinkles, dermal fillers help you add more volume to certain areas of your face, including your cheeks and lips.
Now that you know a little more about how this procedure works, here are some facts that need straightening out.
5 Botox Myths Keeping You from Achieving Younger-Looking Skin
Botox is Unsafe:
The myth usually comes in at number one on everyone’s list of why they’d rather live with wrinkles than try Botox. And to a certain degree, Botox can be dangerous if not administered by an individual who has the appropriate training and experience to perform this delicate procedure. So, yes, it’s true that botulinum toxin can be dangerous in large doses or in the hands of an amateur injector. However, professional Botox injections come in much smaller doses, and when performed by a professional, the procedure is both safe and effective.
Botox Will Freeze Your Face:
Popular culture may be responsible for this common Botox myth. In fact, you may laugh at the comedic portrayals of characters trying to conjure facial expressions after a recent Botox injection. Though Botox works by freezing targeted muscles, its low dosage isn’t strong enough to numb your entire face or cause you to lose certain facial functions, such as smiling or moving your eyebrows. Remember, Botox is designed to gently smooth out wrinkles and give your face a healthy, rejuvenated look. It’s not meant to dramatically alter your appearance.
Botox is Only for Women:
Though women usually appear on Botox advertising collateral, they’re not the only ones enjoying the benefits of this treatment. In a recent article in Men’s Health Magazine, it was reported by plastic surgeons that approximately 20 percent of their clients are men—a significant increase from past years. Like women, men are constantly seeing themselves in shared photos and posts on the internet and are interested in more ways to improve their skin’s health to look younger and stay confident in both their professional and personal lifestyles.
Patients Can Get Addicted to Botox:
When patients receive Botox injections, it’s normal for them to return every 4-6 weeks for another treatment. This doesn’t mean they’re addicted to Botox; it’s simply means they are following a cosmetic treatment plan designed to help them achieve their goals. Because this treatment is not a permanent solution to aging skin, results may wear off after 6 to 12 weeks. This means if you’re happy with the outcome, and you want to continue to receive the skin refining benefits of Botox, you need to return for new injections, as this helps improve the effectiveness of the treatment.
Botox is Painful:
Who ever said “beauty is pain” wasn’t talking about Botox. Though you may experience some slight discomfort or “pinching” during the injection procedure, the feeling typically goes away after a few short seconds. The needles used during each procedure are very fine and the number of injections will depend on the area being treated.
Curious about how Botox can make you look younger? Contact Pinnacle Dermatology to schedule a free consultation at our Pinnacle Dermatology Spa M.D. in Edina. Once there, our team of trained professionals will discuss your skin concerns, examine your skin’s health, and design a personalized treatment plan that aligns with your goals and works within your schedule and budget. To learn about the other cosmetic dermatology treatments we offer, visit our website!