Misconceptions About Botox
The ability of Botox to quickly and effectively remove wrinkles and frown lines has made it one of the most popular non-invasive cosmetic treatments. As a result of its popularity, there are several Botox myths.
Botulinum toxin (Botox) is a neurotoxin that weakens muscles and affects nerves. The injections are often done for cosmetic or medical reasons. The toxin blocks nerve signals to muscles, which prevents them from contracting. While these effects are always temporary, they can last for several months.
Let’s examine some common myths about Botox.
Myth: Botox produces immediate results.
Results from Botox treatments don’t appear instantly. The treatment takes some time to fully work. It typically takes two to four days before the muscle weakens and the movement begins to slow after an injection, provided it is administered correctly by a facial cosmetic specialist in Chicago. You can expect maximum results from your treatment ten to fourteen days after it’s completed.
Myth: Botox lasts indefinitely.
Unlike other cosmetic treatments, Botox does not provide permanent results. Generally, the effects of Botox last between three and six months, and it can be used to temporarily smooth wrinkles, frown lines, and expression lines. Depending on several factors, the effects of Botox may last longer or shorter for you. Botox’s duration is influenced by how frequently you have it injected and where it’s administered.
Myth: Botox is only available to women.
For men who want to look younger, Botox injections are the most requested cosmetic procedure. It is sometimes called “Brotox,” which is simply a man-friendly nickname for Botox. The facial muscles of men are stronger, so they require a higher dosage of Botox to get the desired results, but many find it worthwhile and worth the expense.
Myth: Botox paralyzes the face.
It is a common misconception that is perpetuated by photos of individuals who have had improperly performed Botox injections. By using Botox, you can refresh your appearance without freezing your facial muscles. When properly administered, it gives you a very natural appearance.
Myth: It only works when wrinkles are already present.
Younger patients tend to use Botox more frequently as a preventative treatment before fine lines and wrinkles appear. It may be more challenging to achieve your goals if you wait until the signs of aging become visible. Additionally, Botox can be used in a preventative manner to help train muscles to focus on not making certain facial expressions, thereby lessening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles caused by repeated movements.
We offer Botox treatments at our facial cosmetics office in Chicago, so contact us to schedule an appointment.