Botox and Dermal Fillers: With all the correct information on the benefits of cosmetic injectables, you will find loads of misinformation. There are a lot of myths surrounding Botox and fillers. These myths can make people scared of these treatments or set unrealistic expectations. None of which will work in your favor. Let’s discuss the top myths that surround the injectable:
Myth #1 – Cosmetic Injections are Painful
Well, they aren’t painful at all. Most people describe the prick as similar to a mosquito bite. Moreover, if you have extremely low pain tolerance, the practitioner would use a topical anesthetic on your skin to make the process more comfortable. Most people barely feel the sensation, and the process is very comfortable. The trauma caused to the skin is very minimal.
Myth #2 – Botox Will Give Me a Frozen Look
Another common myth surrounding Botox is that people will completely lose the ability to make certain facial expressions and end up with a frozen face once they get the treatment done. You might find it challenging to make certain expressions immediately after the treatment, but your face will return to a normal, complete range of motion as the Botox wears off.
If you choose a highly experienced practitioner, you will have freshened, enhanced appearance and natural-looking results. Botox will essentially relax the specific muscle, thereby minimizing the contraction and smoothing out the injected parts of the face.
Myth #3 – Cosmetic Botox and Botulism are Essentially the Same
It is the biggest myth ever. Botox is not made up of botulism or food poisoning. Although they are made from the same toxin, Botox is made from a purified protein. This is true for many different medications and will not impact the safety and integrity of medicines. Over the years, extensive research has been done on the safety and efficacy of Botox, and that is why it is deemed safe for use.
Myth #4 – Botox is Used for Cosmetic Reasons Only
Believe it or not, Botox wasn’t initially used as a cosmetic facial treatment. The original use of Botox was to treat neurological disorders. Today, the most common use of Botox is for cosmetic enhancement. Botox is also used to treat dynamic wrinkles for migraines and people dealing with chronic neck/back pain, TMJ, overactive bladders, and bruxism symptoms.
Myth #5 – Botox is Toxic, Unsafe, and Dangerous
In the 1970s, Botox was used to treat strabismus for the first time. Since then, the drug has been deemed safe. There has been no record of long-term side effects and no record of death because of the overdose. For the Botox to become fatal, the Practitioner must increase the dose 100 times. As per a report published by researchers at Northwestern University, Botox caused side effects in just 1 in 3,333 cases. It is a very safe treatment.
Myth #6 – Injectable Treatments are Reserved for Women Only
Even in 2022, this myth is going quite strong. Although most of the candidates for injectable fillers and Botox are females, these treatments are as effective on men as women. This misconception is mainly because women are more open about the beauty treatments they get to maintain the results, while men like to keep their beauty regime under the covers.
Moreover, men tend to be more conservative with their treatments, treating one part of the face rather than making a complete makeover. On the other hand, women tend to go for a complete makeover to achieve a refreshed and youthful look. And do not forget; always choose an experienced provider to get the most natural results.
Myth #7 – Botox and Dermal Fillers are the Same
Although Botox and Dermal Fillers fall under injectable treatments, these two are very different when it comes to the results. Botox is essentially a muscle relaxant used to soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles caused by making certain facial expressions. They also prevent the formation of dynamic wrinkles.
On the other hand, dermal fillers are used to restore the lost volume in your face and fill out the deep-etched wrinkles and sagging skin. They can also be used to enhance the contours of your face: define the chin and jawline, and make the cheekbones more prominent. The results of dermal fillers generally last longer than Botox.
Myth #8 – Botox is Only Effective for Treating Existing Wrinkles
Prevention is always better than cure. Botox is not only effective for treating existing wrinkles but is also a great preventative measure to stop wrinkles from forming in the first place. By injecting Botox into facial muscles, you will block the nerve signals that cause muscle movement. It will stop the muscles from contracting and lead to new wrinkles. If you start early, you will not only end up with youthful-looking skin but won’t need as many treatments in the future as well.
Myth #9 – Botox Treatments Product Instant Results
While you will be able to see some difference immediately after the treatment, Botox will take around 14 days to take full effect. If you are getting Botox for slimming the jawline and achieving a smooth neck, it will take about 4 to 6 weeks to see the final result. Botox works by changing the size and strength of the muscles. It can’t be done overnight and will take some time. Moreover, different patients will see results within the different timeframes. Some people will see results in 14 days, while it can take much longer in other cases.
So, these were the top 9 myths associated with cosmetic injectables. If you have believed one or all of these, now you know the truth. If you have any other concerns surrounding anti-wrinkle injections or dermal fillers, reach out to us. Our experts will clarify all your confusion and ensure you choose the right treatment option for yourself.