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10 Common Misconceptions About Botox

When it comes to Botox injections and treatments, there can be several misleading beliefs.

Often, people have misconceptions that Botox is bad for your health or that it'll make you look totally different. However, these ideas usually come from people who aren't educated on Botox treatments. And it is ignorance that can be the most harmful thing.

On the other hand, some people might think that Botox can "cure" their wrinkles permanently, which isn't exactly how the toxin works.

Misconception #1: Botox Can Be Toxic & The Long-Term Effects Are Unknown

The truth: Botox, a neurotoxin, is derived from Clostridium Botulinum. 

These injections are made from the same botulinum toxin that causes food poisoning known as botulism. However, medical control standards are met for the purified botulinum toxins used by licensed healthcare providers. Thus, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved these standards. 

The bacteria toxins used for medical purposes are, as a rule of thumb, not dangerous if used properly. Furthermore, this organism can be found in nature, where it is almost inactive. We know much about Botox because it has been around since the 1980s. 

Misconception #2: Botox Will Give You A "Frozen" Expressionless Look

The truth: Overdosage and overuse of Botox can often cause a "frozen" appearance.

However, as long as you go to a professional with experience, the injector will know the right amount of units to achieve the desired effect while still looking natural. Therefore, don't be worried.

Misconception #3: Botox Can Remove All My Wrinkles

The truth: There are two types of wrinkles: static and dynamic.

Static wrinkles can be seen at rest, while dynamic wrinkles are visible during facial movements. Botox can improve both types of wrinkles. However, static wrinkles may require additional treatments to see more improvement, such as filler and laser.

Misconception #4: The Wrinkles Will Only Get Worse If You Stop Using Botox

The truth: If you stop receiving Botox treatments, the wrinkles will slowly return to their original form. However, Botox won't make them worse.

Misconception #5: Botox Injections Are Painful

The truth: Even though Botox is injected with a needle, most people don't find it painful. If anything, there is a little pinch.

Misconception #6: You Can't Stop Once You Start

The truth: Botox does not have addictive properties. It makes people look younger and fresher, which is why people routinely receive treatments.

Misconception #7: Botox Will Negatively Affect Me

The truth: Botox can only be used in the area where it was injected. It can't spread to distant locations.

Misconception #8: Botox Is Permanent

The truth: Unfortunately, Botox is not permanent. It usually lasts between 3 and 4 months.

Misconception #9: Botox Can Only Be Used To Treat Wrinkles

The truth: Although Botox is most commonly used on the face for wrinkles, the injectable can be used for other purposes. For example, it can treat migraine, muscle spasms, TMJ, bladder issues, excessive sweating, and lazy eyes.

Misconception #10: Botox & Fillers Are The Same Thing

The truth: Botox and filler are two different things. Filler is most commonly derived from hyaluronic acid and treats different issues.