Myths and misconceptions about Botox have circulated for years, but how much truth is there to the rumors? If you’re on the fence as to whether Botox is right for you, read on to find out five false notions about Botox and how they are debunked.
Myth 1: Botox is toxic.
It’s easy to see where this myth originates from, considering that Botox is a shorthand for botulinum toxin. This is a type of neurotoxin, but don’t be alarmed – it’s proven to be safe when used in small doses and administered professionally. Botox comes in powder form that is watered down with saline to make it injectable, further ensuring that any noxious capabilities are removed.
Myth 2: Botox will freeze your face.
Botox works by targeting and temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles in your face. Only these targeted areas are affected and the dosage isn’t enough to freeze or numb your entire face. Botox should not prevent you from smiling or moving your eyebrows.
Myth 3: Botox is painful.
The Botox procedure is quick, simple, and painless when done in a certified Botox salon. You might experience some minor discomfort or a slight pinching sensation, but the feeling will only last a few short seconds. More likely, you’ll hardly be aware of the fine needles entering your skin.
Myth 4: Botox is dangerous.
Botox is a tremendously popular and common cosmetic treatment with low risk of complications. As with any treatment, however, there is always some possibility that you may experience side effects. These may include pain, swelling, or bruising at the injection site, headache, or flu-like symptoms, to name a few – but these are unlikely to arise if the procedure is performed by an experienced professional. Also note that using Botox is not recommended if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Myth 5: Botox is addictive.
The effect of Botox treatments typically last for around 4-6 weeks, after which patients usually return for another round of injections. Botox does not have addictive properties, and repeat customers are simply following a cosmetic treatment plan to keep results consistent.
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