Botox has received its fair share of good and bad press, so what are some false impressions people have about Botox?
1. You can ALWAYS tell when someone has had Botox
It depends and is often a result of how much Botox you have received and in what areas. Botox often has a subtle effect on your appearance and you would probably be surprised to find out some people have had Botox injections. Three areas every 3 to 6 months, depending upon the individual, generally offers desirable results.
2. Botox and Dermal Fillers are the same
While Botox and Dermal Fillers can be used to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, they work quite differently. Botox relaxes the muscles that are responsible for facial expressions such as forehead lines, frown lines and crow’s feet. Dermal Fillers essentially plump up areas that have lost volume such as cheeks and lips, and fill deeper folds or creases such as the smile lines.
3. Botox is only for women
Botox is an excellent anti-aging treatment for both men and women. Men generally have stronger facial muscles so may require a higher dosage.
4. Botox is toxic and unsafe
Botox is completely safe for cosmetic use. The misconception that Botox is toxic and unsafe is largely due to the fact that Botox derives from Botulinum Toxin but the injections consist of only a very small and diluted amount and are nowhere near toxic levels.
5. If I start using Botox, I have to continue or my wrinkles will look worse
Once the effects of Botox fade, your facial muscles will regain the mobility they had before the treatment. The lines you had prior to the treatment will gradually return but they will not look worse.