Botox has been one of the most popular cosmetic treatments available for years now. It’s continuing to grow in popularity, too, as more people learn about its benefits. Despite its continued and increasing popularity, however, there’s a lot of misinformation out there about Botox. Whether you’re considering the treatment now or might consider it in the future, it helps to know what’s real and what’s just a myth when it comes to Botox.
Fact: It Takes a Few Days to See Results
After some injections, such as Juvederm and Belotero, you can see the results immediately. That’s not the case with Botox.
Since the injectable works by blocking certain nerve signals sent to certain facial muscles, it takes time for the wrinkles and lines created by those muscle movements to fade. After you haven’t made certain small movements for a few days, the wrinkles associated with them fade. It usually takes anywhere from five to seven days for full results to appear. After that, the results usually last for about three months.
Fiction: You’ll End Up Frozen
One very popular myth about the injection is that it freezes your face so that you can’t make any movements, smile, laugh or have other facial expressions. Although the main ingredient in the injectable does prevent certain movements from occurring, they are small, barely perceptible movements.
When the injection is performed by a trained, experienced plastic surgeon, only the muscles connected to certain movements are affected. You’ll still be able to smile and laugh and show other forms of emotion after the treatment.
Fact: Botox Does More Than Treat Wrinkles
Botox is much more than a cosmetic treatment. In fact, it’s use as an anti-wrinkle product was discovered almost as an accident. The first FDA-approved use of the product was to treat problems in the eyes and eye muscles, such as spasms and strabismus. It was an eye doctor who happened to notice that the patients treated with the injection also happened to have fewer wrinkles in the forehead area and near the eyes.
Since that time, Botox has been approved for a number of other uses. It can help reduce excess sweating, minimize the symptoms of an overactive bladder and reduce the frequency of migraine headaches in people who suffer from chronic migraines. Surgeons and doctors are continually finding new ways to use Botox to help treat a variety of medical and cosmetic issues.
Fiction: Botox Is Super Dangerous
Since the main ingredient in the injection is a toxin commonly associated with terrible food poisoning and paralysis, it’s not hard to understand why many people would think that Botox is very dangerous. The truth is that, when performed by a trained physician, Botox injections are very safe. A trained doctor knows exactly where to place the injections and how much of the product to use to get the desired outcome.
When Botox isn’t safe is when it’s in the hands of an unskilled or untrained provider. You don’t want to see just anyone for your injections, nor do you want to do it yourself. During a consultation about the treatment, ask the surgeon where he trained, how many injections he’s performed and when the last time it was that he administered Botox. It’s also a good idea to look at before and after pictures of past patients to get an idea of the type of results the surgeon is capable of producing.
Fact: You Can Repeat Treatments
The results from a Botox injection usually last for about three months. But you can schedule another treatment near the end of those three months if you were happy with your results. Scheduling new treatments will keep your results from fading away and help you maintain a more youthful appearance.
Fiction: Once You Start, You Can’t Stop
Although you can repeat injections, you don’t have to. If you find that you aren’t happy with the results you get from Botox or if you decide that you want to try something more permanent, like a brow lift, you are under no obligation to continue getting the injections.
Your wrinkles will return if you stop getting maintenance injections, but they won’t be worse than they were before you started treatments. If anything, your wrinkles might be less noticeable initially, thanks to the Botox you already had.
Fact: Botox Works on a Variety of Patients
You don’t have to be a certain age to benefit from Botox. Nor is the injection “just for women” or “just for men.” Both men and women of a variety of ages get the injections each year. The most important thing is that you be in good health, have some wrinkles (even very faint ones) that will benefit from the injection, and that you understand what it can and can’t do.
Some people decide to start getting the injections at a very young age, in their 20’s or 30’s, for example. Others might wait until they are older and they are more bothered by more deeply etched wrinkles.
Fiction: It Works on All Wrinkles
Since it works by blocking certain muscle movements that lead to certain wrinkles, Botox only really works on certain types of lines. It helps minimize the appearance of dynamic wrinkles, which are created by movements. Wrinkles that form as a result of gravity or a loss of volume over the years are best treated with other options, such as injectable fillers.
About Dr. Rubinstein
Dr. Ran Y. Rubinstein, a board certified plastic surgeon, offers Botox and a number of other non-surgical cosmetic procedures to patients at his practice in Manhattan. He can work with you to help you decide whether Botox or another option is best for you. In addition to injections, Dr. Rubinstein offers patients a variety of procedures, from facelift to rhinoplasty, at Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists, PC in Newburgh, New York. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Rubinstein, call 845-863-1772 today.