Fact or Fiction: Debunking Top Botox® Myths

As one of the top plastic surgery practices in Birmingham, AL, we’ve heard a lot of Botox®® myths. We love clearing up misinformation about this popular procedure.

Today, we’re debunking five common myths about Botox®.

The Injections Are Painful

They say, “Beauty is pain,” but we say, “It doesn’t have to be.” If you’re worried that Botox® will be a painful experience, we encourage you to wait and see before you decide. Most of our patients tell us that Botox® is very easy to tolerate. They describe the sensation of each injection as a small prick, and some say that they hardly feel anything at all.

To ensure your comfort during Botox®, we use a small needle to administer the injections and work quickly. If needed, we’ll also apply a topical numbing cream.

Botox® Isn’t Safe

Botox® is time-tested for safety and effectiveness. It received its FDA-approval for cosmetic use in 2002 and has been used extensively in cosmetic treatments around the world ever since. Millions of treatments are performed each year. Frankly, Botox® has a stellar safety record.

Results Aren’t Long Lasting

Botox® results are temporary, but that doesn’t mean they are short-lived. Most patients enjoy long-lasting facial rejuvenation with each treatment.

For a typical patient, Botox® results last between four and six months. To ensure you’re always looking fresh-faced and youthful, come in two or three times a year for a touch-up treatment.

Botox® Is Only a Cosmetic Treatment

Botox® is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the U.S. You may be surprised to learn that it is also a valuable medical treatment used to treat medical concerns that range from muscle spasms to urinary incontinence.

Botox® works by blocking nerve impulses. When used on wrinkles, it relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkling, allowing your wrinkles to fade away. Inhibiting nerve impulses in other areas can treat other medical conditions, as well. Botox® injected into the bladder can relax an overactive bladder and reduce urinary incontinence. It can also be used to reduce excessive sweating, eye twitching, and muscle spasms.

Botox® Is a Type of Dermal Filler

Botox® and fillers are both injectables, but they aren’t the same treatment. Botox® works by relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles. Fillers work differently. They fill in wrinkles or add volume to fill in hollows or age-related volume loss. Fillers and Botox® are often paired together to rejuvenate the entire face, from brow to chin.

Have you heard any of these Botox® myths? Now that you know the truth about this popular cosmetic treatment, call our office at (205) 408-9787 to schedule your visit to Clinton Plastic Surgery.