For those looking to reduce the visibility of wrinkles and fine lines, especially on the face, Botox has long been an effective option. A neurotoxin, Botox causes the muscles to relax, which can, in turn, smooth out some of those age marks and creases.
Though Botox is an incredibly popular treatment, and one we happily offer here at Javan Wellness, there are a few recurring myths and misconceptions about it. Today, we’re going to briefly look at each of these misconceptions and offer some clarification.
6 Common Botox Myths
Myth #1. Botox is dangerous.
Botox has been FDA-approved since 1989 and cleared for cosmetic use since 2002; millions of individuals have safely received Botox treatment. It’s true that there are some risks to using Botox illicitly or haphazardly, but so long as you’re trusting your Botox needs to a qualified medical professional, there’s really nothing to worry about.
Myth #2. Botox will give me a blank or “frozen” expression.
A botox injection is extremely localized, meaning it affects only the muscles near your wrinkles/fine lines. Botox does not impact muscles elsewhere on the face, and it doesn’t impact your ability to make a wide variety of smiles and facial expressions. The idea that Botox “freezes” your face is purely a fiction.
Myth #3. Botox is only used for cosmetic procedures.
Here at Javan Wellness, we use Botox to help our clients minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. However, Botox has also proven highly effective in helping individuals who struggle with an overactive bladder, with chronic migraines, and beyond. It’s not “just” for cosmetic purposes.
Myth #4. A Botox treatment will eliminate all the wrinkles on my face.
It’s important to approach your Botox treatment with healthy expectations. You’re probably not going to get rid of all the wrinkles on your face. Indeed, Botox is effective in the treatment of dynamic wrinkles… that is, wrinkles that are caused by movement. You may have some other fine lines that aren’t as responsive to Botox treatment.
Myth #5. Having a Botox injection is painful!
Most individuals report to some very minor discomfort. Botox injections are given with extremely fine needles, which means there may be a “pinch” when the needle is first inserted into the skin, but beyond that the discomfort is minimal.
Myth #6. Botox is addictive.
There is no scientific basis for the idea that Botox is addicting. It contains no addictive substances and has no physical properties that would make a person become dependent on it. There’s no reason to fear that a Botox treatment will end in any kind of addiction.
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We hope these points of clarification will allow you to make a more informed choice about whether Botox treatments are right for you. In the meantime, we invite you to contact us directly if you have specific questions, or if you want to know whether you’re qualified for Botox. Contact Javan Wellness today to schedule an appointment.