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9 Botox Myths, Debunked

It’s no secret that Botox injections are equally one of the most popular and most criticised treatments in the cosmetic industry, however the majority of this criticism stems from incorrect information. From fears that Botox can be toxic or cause damage to your muscles, to the worry that you’ll lose your facial expressions, these myths are some of the most common concerns you’ll hear if you’re considering Botox injections. 

In almost all cases, the concerns that crop up aren’t as dire as they are made to seem. Some of them are just plain wrong! To give you peace of mind, we’re debunking some of the most common myths about Botox, to give you peace of mind before your appointment.

MYTH 1 – Botox And Fillers Are Extremely Painful

One of the most common concerns our clients express when they come to us is that Botox and fillers are very painful. The needles used in the procedure are tiny, reminiscent of the one used by diabetics to self-inject insulin, but we’ll be honest – Botox isn’t completely painless. However, while there can be some discomfort, each person will tolerate this differently. Many of our clients find that Botox doesn’t cause much pain at all, while others benefit from topical numbing creams if they are particularly sensitive to pain. Botox can cause some bruising and in these cases, over the counter painkillers can be used to reduce any aches following treatment.

MYTH 2 – Botox Makes You Lose Your Facial Expressions

The myth that Botox makes you lose your facial expressions is exactly that – a myth! Botox injections relax the muscles they have been administered to, with different volumes having different effects depending on what you are hoping for from your procedure. While higher volumes can make it difficult to make certain expressions, a skilled professional can expertly administer the injections to appear natural and maintain your ability to move. Our Botox specialists are highly trained professionals who will discuss with you the results you want and conduct the procedure accordingly without over-injecting or affecting any muscles unnecessarily.

MYTH 3 – You’ll Look Worse After You Stop Botox

It’s a common myth that anyone who has Botox will need to continue having Botox injections for the rest of their life. The reality is, you can stop whenever you like and there are no adverse effects caused by the injections themselves. As the injections wear off, your muscles will begin to work and go back to normal at the same base that they were before. Any additional wrinkles seen slowly over time from Botox are part of the natural ageing process. Clients looking to maintain a youthful look will need to get ongoing injections, but these can be stopped at any time.

MYTH 4 – Botox Is Only Used For Wrinkles

Botox and fillers as beauty treatments account for over £2.75 billion of the UK’s approximate £3.6 billion cosmetic surgery market, but these treatments are by no means limited to beauty. In fact, Botox was first used medically for an eye-related medical condition and, despite not solving that particular issue, can now be used to treat a number of things including cerebral palsy, cervical dystonia, overactive bladder, migraine, bruxism, strabismus (cross eye) and blepharospasm (excessive blinking). 

MYTH 5 – You Can Get Addicted To Botox

Medically speaking, there are no substances within the solution used for Botox that can cause a physical addiction in any of our clients. However, people can find themselves dependant on the procedure because of the results that they see. The feeling of confidence that comes from Botox can cause a want for further treatments, but there are no adverse effects or withdrawal risks if you do choose to stop getting Botox in the future.

MYTH 6 – Botox Injections Are Toxic

This myth stems from the fact that Botox solution comes from clostridium botulinum, which is a type of bacteria that is commonly known to cause a form of food poisoning. However, cosmetic Botox solutions have been extensively tested and approved by the FDA and when applied professionally, cannot cause damage. The solution is applied in such a small amount and due to the application method, cannot reach the central nervous system. As a result, professional administration of Botox by our qualified clinicians is completely safe.

MYTH 7 – Botox Injections Are An Immediate Fix

While Botox is often called a ‘lunchtime treatment’ because of how quickly it can be administered, the results themselves can take up to 5 days to start showing, and then up to 2-3 weeks to fully kick in. The duration will differ from person to person and sometimes even case to case. 

MYTH 8 – Botox Is For Women Only

This myth is possibly the furthest from the truth! The rise in ‘brotox’ in the past few years has seen Botox for men make up for over 10% of all cosmetic surgeries. We are proud to offer Botox treatments to any gender and have experience administering injections according to the desires and requirements of our clients, adapting the procedure on a case by case basis.

MYTH 9 – Botox Injections Can Cause Damage To My Muscles And Tissue

Botox is designed to relax the muscle it has been injected into in order to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. It will stop the neurotransmitter from transmitting to nerve cells, ultimately preventing it from contracting and leaving you looking fresher and younger. Providing the injections are administered by a professional, there will be no damage and the muscle will return to normal working order as the Botox wears off in 6-12 months.

Botox is a safe procedure that we offer here at Beauty By Laser, for reducing the appearance of wrinkles, frown lines, hyperhidrosis and for masseter muscle jaw slimming. For more information about the procedure or to book an appointment, get in touch with our qualified and expert team, today.