5 Common Myths about Botox

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MYTH 1: The best time for Botox is when the lines appear

FACT: If you can get ahead of the game, it may help you in the long run. As Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon Grant Stevens explains, “Botox is being used more and more frequently by people trying to do preventative treatments. Waiting until lines become etched into the skin means it’s much more difficult to smooth their appearance again.” He adds that Botox is often used for lines and wrinkles formed by muscle movements like scowling, squinting, and raising eyebrows. “Often by starting Botox preventatively, people and their muscles can actually learn to not make certain faces and expressions and contribute to worsening their lines. By not making certain expressions in the future, or making them less often, you may actually need less Botox or need it less often.”

MYTH 2: If you stop getting Botox, it will make your wrinkles worse

FACT: Nope. They’ll just go back to the way they were before. Toronto Dermatologist Martie Gidon explains, “Botox will prevent your wrinkles from worsening while you keep up with your treatments. If you decide to stop having Botox treatments, you will slowly lose the relaxing effect of Botox and will resume the normal development of wrinkles with movement. Botox will not make wrinkles worse.” And remember, Botox results are not permanent. Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon Steven Svehlak says Botox results last typically last three to four months. “For those who get injected at regular intervals over time, however, the results can sometimes last a little bit longer, since the muscles have been immobilized for a long period and can atrophy. That said, once Botox use is discontinued, they will slowly return to how they were initially, prior to treatment.”

MYTH 3: You are never too young for Botox

FACT: Age may be just a number as you get older — with docs reporting success with Botox patients even over 65 — but if you are a teenager, your doctor will probably tell you that you are not ready for cosmetic use. Most doctors advocate that 18 is too young to begin Botox. Reasoning being because Botox is ideal for use on lines that remain after constant muscle movement – something that at 18 people don’t usually experience.

MYTH 4: Botox is just for wrinkles

FACT: Botox is not just cosmetic — far from it! Botox injections have been used to treat migraines by reducing muscle tension and creating less strain on the nervous system. Botox can also be used to temporarily block sweat glands to stop excessive sweating, and even might help patients who suffer from depression.

MYTH 5: Botox is something only women get

FACT: Hey, they don’t call it “Bro-tox” for nothing! Dr. Anthony Youn told ABC News that “every year it seems like more and more men are getting Botox as gifts, and it’s not necessarily the older men. We’re seeing a lot of men who are having these [Botox treatments] as early as in their 30s.” He added that the average client usually isn’t “the stereotypical guy who really, really cares about grooming and exactly how he looks.” They are looking to soften their look which can help men a great deal in business matters as well as in their personal life!

Curious what else the treatment can be used for? Contact us today to discuss how Botox can help you take years off of your appearance.