BOTOX® is undoubtedly one of the top facial plastic procedures. Not only does it result in a refreshed and youthful appearance, but as referenced on their website, “it is the first and only treatment FDA-approved to temporarily make moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines look better in adults.”   

With its increased popularity in the plastic surgery market, there are undoubtedly many misconceptions regarding the procedure. Whether it’s price, side effects, results, or something else, many find themselves confused regarding the actual facts related to BOTOX®. 

We’ll debunk some of the top myths about BOTOX® to hopefully answer some of the questions you may have before having the procedure done! 

1) MYTH: Getting BOTOX® is painful

One of the most popular “myths” when it comes to BOTOX® is a common belief that it is painful to have done. This is definitely not true. Patients typically report experiencing mild discomfort when getting BOTOX® injections, due to the use of needles in the procedure and the fact that injections come in several small doses. But experiencing severe pain is highly unlikely.

2) MYTH: There are negative side effects 

Another misconception individuals have about BOTOX® is the fear of negative side effects. Do not panic! BOTOX® is completely safe and backed up by science, having been studied for over a century.  To avoid any negative effects, surgeons will first inject you with small, controlled doses to test the best possible application and results before moving forward with the full procedure. 

3) MYTH: BOTOX® is addictive 

You may come across the myth that patients quickly become addicted to BOTOX® . However, this is 100% not true. BOTOX® drugs do not have any addictive properties or elements that scientifically cause them to be addicting. Most patients who choose to get the procedure performed multiple times do so because of the positive results they notice in their appearance. When it’s good, it’s good! 

4) MYTH: You lose the ability to make facial expressions after getting BOTOX® 

Not surprising at all, the BIGGEST misconception pertaining to BOTOX® is looking “expressionless”  and like a “zombie” after getting it done multiple times.  Many will say that the procedure freezes your face and makes you look older rather than younger. 

Do not panic, this is not true. When you receive  BOTOX® from a professional who knows how to properly administer each dose, you won’t encounter this issue. The main goal of the treatment is to make you look younger in a natural, controlled way! By choosing the right surgeon, you’ll avoid any “frozen expressions” after treatment.

5) MYTH: Results will be noticed immediately

Imagine going into your appointment and coming out immediately looking younger! It’s definitely fair to dream. Despite working very fast,  BOTOX® is not immediate.  When injected into your skin, it helps relax and reduce the movement of your muscles with the goal of reducing wrinkles and fine lines.  However, BOTOX® results are slow and subtle, taking around 3-5 days (sometimes a bit longer) to show.

6) MYTH: Only women get BOTOX®

It might be true that women are most often the ones who receive BOTOX®, but this doesn’t mean that they’re the only ones who can. The cosmetic procedures associated with the BOTOX® treatment work for men as well. Especially as time goes by and the aging process takes its course, more men choose to get BOTOX® to eliminate noticeable wrinkles and give their faces a softer look. 

7) MYTH: BOTOX’s® only purpose is to remove wrinkles 

As we’ve referenced multiple times throughout the blog, BOTOX® is incredible in terms of reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines in one’s face. Nonetheless, the procedure is also outstanding in many other areas as well.  BOTOX® has received approval from the FDA to be used for patients with neurological disorders, bladder issues, hyperhidrosis, migraines, back pain, and more! Of course, it is crucial to discuss it with your primary healthcare provider before deciding whether it is right for you. 

Have we cleared your BOTOX®  misconceptions? Get started on the procedure! 

At Stallworth Facial Plastics, we strive to make you feel comfortable and safe during your BOTOX® procedure.  If you’re interested in learning more about what BOTOX® could do for you, don’t hesitate to give us a call or schedule your primary consultation through our website.