The 10 Most Common Botox Myths And Why They Aren’t True
Botox has been safely used in cosmetic procedures for over 30 years. While the first use of Botox as a cosmetic treatment occurred in 1987, Botox has had a long history being used as a medical treatment in hospitals. Since the FDA approved the cosmetic use of Botox in 2002, it has become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments.
Studies show that nine out of every ten cosmetic treatments in the UK is for Botox and dermal fillers. Furthermore, the injectables market in the UK is worth around £2.75 billion a year. This is a significant proportion of the total cosmetic surgery industry in the UK which stands at a total of £3.6 billion a year.
However, despite the growing popularity of Botox and the many success stories and repeat clients who love results that Botox can bring in controlling the signs of ageing, many people are still worried by a number of Botox myths. Here are ten of the most common Botox myths that you may hear, and we’ll explain exactly why they aren’t true.
Myth 1: Botox Is Unsafe
Medical experts have been researching the benefits and effects of Botox for over a hundred years. Furthermore, Botox has been used for many years for both cosmetic treatments as well as therapeutic uses too.
What’s more, many of the world’s leading approval agencies such as the FDA, the Medicines and Healthcare product Regulatory Agency and Health Canada approve the use of Botox. If Botox were unsafe, then these organisations would not approve Botox for use.
The only time that Botox is unsafe is when an untrained practitioner who uses low-quality products administers it. For peace of mind, clients should choose highly-trained and experienced practitioners who only use to best products.
Myth 2: I Can't Fly For Two Weeks After Botox
There has long been a misconception that you have to wait for anywhere between two days to two weeks before you can fly after receiving Botox injections. This is because some claim that air pressure changes on the plane may cause the Botox to move to other areas of the face. However, there is no scientific proof of this.
In fact, researchers have actually found that it takes just five minutes for the toxin to be taken up by the nerves. As a result, flying after receiving Botox treatment is fine.
Myth 3: Botox Looks Unnatural Or Frozen
Botox is designed to make you look well-rested, with a bright and youthful complexion. It works to target the specific muscles that create the frown lines or wrinkles on the face. Botox, however, is an exact treatment and it is essential that the practitioner uses the right dosage in the right areas of the face. This way, the practitioner can maintain the harmony of the face.
The only times when Botox can look unnatural or frozen is when a practitioner uses too much Botox in certain places. However, this is unlikely to happen when using a trained and experienced practitioner. If you are not happy with your Botox treatment, a practitioner would be able to treat the problem area with another small dose of Botox, so feel free to make a follow-up appointment if you are not entirely happy with your treatment.
Myth 4: Botox Builds Up In The Body
Another popular myth is that Botox builds up and remains in the body. However, the nerve impulses in the muscles where Botox is administered actually regenerate every three to four months and Botox breaks down and dissolves in this time too. This is why retreatment is necessary in order to maintain your desired look.
If you decide not to have any follow-on treatment, the muscles will go back to their previous activity level.
Myth 5: Botox Is Painful
Botox is not a painful procedure as it uses ultra-fine needles. At worse, Botox injections will feel like a slight sting or pinch which feels mildly uncomfortable but not painful. Furthermore, a Botox treatment only takes ten minutes, so it will feel like it is over in no time at all.
After the treatment, there should be no pain, and you can continue with the rest of your normal day.
Myth 6: Botox Is Just For Women
While many women choose to get Botox, it is a popular choice for men too. As a result, there is even a coined term ‘Brotox’ for men who receive Botox. In recent years, there has been a massive influx in the number of male patients looking for a more youthful appearance.
As well as ‘Brotox’ there is also the term ‘Protox’. Protox describes Botox for professional people such as politicians and lawyers who want a more youthful, expressionless face that can help them to obtain an upper hand in their industry.
Myth 7: Results Of Botox Are Immediate
While you can often notice the effects of Botox very soon after treatment, it is not an immediate treatment. Botox actually takes around 14 days to take full effect. This is because muscles have to relax over time and cannot relax overnight. While you may notice improvements a few days after treatment, after around 14 days, you’ll see the best results of your treatment.
Myth 8: You Don’t Need Botox After A Facelift
While a facelift can offer a more youthful appearance, the muscles that cause fine lines and wrinkles will still be apparent and still be in use from repetitive movement such as frowning or squinting. You can use Botox after a facelift to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by relaxing the muscles in the face.
After a facelift, Botox works really well as a maintenance procedure, to keep your youthful results for even longer.
Myth 9: Anyone Can Inject Botox
It seems you can get Botox almost anywhere from shops to beauty clinics. However, Botox is still classified as a medical treatment and should only be practised by someone who is trained and experienced in the process. When booking Botox treatment, make sure to check the qualifications and experience level of the practitioner.
It is true that non-professionals will often be much cheaper. However, this can be dangerous as they may give incorrect dosage in the wrong areas with poor quality Botox. By choosing a trusted professional, clients can have peace of mind that the practitioner will achieve their desired results.
Myth 10: Face Creams Are Better Than Botox
Due to the success that Botox can bring to clients, many beauty treatments want to latch on the success and say they are just as good or better than Botox. Many face creams now claim to be as good as Botox. However, face creams are unable to penetrate the muscles to relax them in the same way that Botox does. For the best results, clients will use Botox alongside a quality skin care regime.