Unveiling the Truth: Myths and Facts About Botox

Botox is an FDA-approved procedure that can erase fine lines and wrinkles to give you a more youthful appearance. With over 7.4 million procedures performed in 2018 alone, Botox is the most popular minimally invasive cosmetic treatment in the United States.

While Botox is completely safe when administered properly by a professional, it is still widely misunderstood by those who aren’t familiar with injectables. Let’s debunk some of the more common myths and give you the truth about Botox so you can decide if it is right for you:

Fact: Botox Can Prevent New Wrinkles

Botox is often used to erase wrinkles and fine lines, but it can also be used to prevent new wrinkles from forming. Since Botox works by weakening muscles in your face that cause wrinkles, regular injections will keep these muscles from moving and prevent new wrinkles from forming in the first place. This is called preventative Botox, and it is far more effective and affordable than treating deep wrinkles.

Myth: Botox is Painful

Botox injections are made with fine needles that cause minimal pain and discomfort for patients, especially when the injections are administered by professionals. If you’re still concerned about pain, ask your Vitality MDs provider if they can administer a numbing cream to your skin to minimize your discomfort even more.

Fact: Botox Has Non-Cosmetic Uses

Although Botox is mostly known as an anti-aging procedure, it can also be used to treat conditions such as eye twitching, migraines, excessive sweating, bladder dysfunction, bruxism, and cervical dystonia (the abnormal contraction of neck muscles). Speak with the Vitality MDs team to find out if Botox can be used to treat a medical condition that you have.

Myth: The Results of Botox are Immediate

The results of Botox are not immediate, which can cause unexpecting patients to worry their Botox did not work. Exercise patience after your procedure– you will start to see noticeable changes after about four days. The maximum results can be seen after about two weeks and usually last between three and four months.

Fact: Botox is a “Lunchtime Procedure”

A typical Botox treatment lasts about 10 minutes and requires no downtime. This means that most patients can fit the procedure in during a lunch break and return to their normal routine, hence the term “lunchtime procedure.” It usually produces no visible side effects, so nobody will know that you had the procedure unless you tell them.

Myth: Botox Gives You a “Frozen” Look

One of the most common misconceptions about Botox is that it gives people an expressionless, “frozen” look. This can happen with a too-large Botox dose or if the injections are given by an unskilled practitioner, but this is unlikely in this day and age.

When the procedure is performed correctly, the injections only target specific facial muscles and use small doses of botulinum toxin to allow you to express a wide range of emotions. In most cases, the results are so natural that nobody can tell that you’ve had the procedure.

Fact: You Should Only Trust a Liscened Provider With Your Treatment

Natural results from Botox treatment can only be ensured by a reputable provider with training and experience. Before booking an appointment, do your research on licensed providers. If you are in or near the Scottsdale, AZ area, Vitality MDs has a plethora of certified Botox providers dedicated to creating incredible, natural results.

For more information about Botox or to get started on treatments, schedule a consultation at Vitality MDs– don’t let myths keep holding you back.