Botox is a controversial cosmetic treatment for a variety of reasons, including its surprising origin as well as some of the shocking celebrity transformations it may have caused. However, the following myths give Botox a much worse name than it deserves.
Botox is Not Extremely Painful
The idea that Botox injections are extremely painful has been spread around the Internet for ages, probably due to the fact that it is referred to as a "neurotoxin." There's no way that something with a name like that can't be extremely painful, right?
Wrong: while any injection will be slightly painful, Botox is rarely, if ever, more painful than any other injection. You will probably feel a slight pain immediately after the injection, which may need to be treated with a cold pack or anaesthetic cream prescribed by the surgeon for 10-20 minutes.
Botox and Dermal Fillers Are Not the Same
Botox and dermal filler cosmetic surgeries are often linked together because they are both used to treat facial wrinkles. As a result, many people have the misconception that these treatments are, more or less, the same thing. This myth is incredibly off: they couldn't be more different.
Botox is a neurotoxin that relaxes the tension in the muscles that create wrinkles. Meanwhile, dermal fillers are actually bits of soft tissue carefully inserted underneath wrinkles that literally fill in the skin vacancy created by the wrinkle.
Botox is Not Permanent
Aging people who are hoping to look young forever often believe that Botox is a permanent wrinkle treatment. However, that is simply not the case: Botox only lifts and treats wrinkles for about three to four months at a time. After that, the wrinkles will start to reappear. That's why so many people start getting multiple Botox treatments a year, sometimes as many as four.
Botox Does Not Make Wrinkles Worse
The non-permanent nature of Botox treatments has caused many people to wonder whether or not Botox actually makes wrinkles worse. This complaint usually occurs after someone has decided to stop using Botox and allowed their wrinkles to return.
The effect here seems to be something more akin to changed perspective or psychological confusion. People who have used Botox for a lengthy period of time have likely grown used to their face without wrinkles, and once they quit, they are shocked by the reappearance of wrinkles. As a result, they truly perceive their wrinkles as worse, even if they aren't.
Understanding these incorrect myths can help you make a more educated choice when deciding on Botox treatments. And make sure to talk to your cosmetic surgeon about any other concerns you may have about the treatment.