BOTOX®: 5 Myths and What You Need to Know Now

Posted on July 28, 2015

BOTOX® is commonly used to successfully treat wrinkles and fine lines in the face. BOTOX® is injected beneath the skin in a fairly simple treatment when a qualified professional administers it.

After BOTOX® was approved for cosmetic treatments in 2002, it quickly became a popular procedure. Patients flocked to their doctors to hear about this magical serum that delivers a younger, and more refreshed, appearance. With this increase in popularity, BOTOX® has unintentionally gained a long list of myths, and you may have some concerns moving forward with a BOTOX® procedure. You should always discuss your personal questions with your doctor, but we hope this quick list of the most common myths about BOTOX® will help to put your fears to rest.

Myth 1: Any physician can perform BOTOX® injections

With any medical treatment or procedure, you should be educated and informed; this includes the certifications of your healthcare professional performing the procedure.

BOTOX® is a medical treatment that shouldn’t be taken lightly. You should feel at ease when you discuss your goals with your doctor, and make sure your expectations are understood. After taking a few extra measures, you are sure to have a safe and satisfactory result from your procedure.

Myth 2: BOTOX® will freeze the muscles in your face

When BOTOX® is injected by a professional, you don’t need to worry about your face being “frozen” – an experienced and qualified professional will know how to administer BOTOX® safely for the most natural results.

BOTOX® does weaken or block the nerves in the muscles that receive injections. That is how patients who have had BOTOX® treatment achieve a smooth or relaxed appearance.

Myth 3: BOTOX® results are permanent

Results from Botox vary from person to person. The effects from treatment typically last 3-4 months, but they are nowhere near permanent. So if you decide BOTOX® is not right for you, or if you had a less than satisfactory experience elsewhere, the results are not altering your appearance forever.

Myth 4: The results from BOTOX® happen immediately

BOTOX® is a quick treatment that delivers fast results. You will notice changes over the following several days, which include reduced lines and fresher appearance and this will last until your next appointment. The full effects of BOTOX® are not immediately experienced.

Myth 5: BOTOX® can be deadly and is not safe

BOTOX® is a byproduct of Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium. It is the same toxin as botulism, the small dose found in BOTOX®, but once it is diluted in a saline solution, it is deemed safe and is approved by the FDA. BOTOX® is safe for cosmetic treatments.

Myth 6: BOTOX treatments are very painful

Since BOTOX injections are administered using a very small, fine needle, they are virtually painless. A topical anesthetic or cold pack can also be applied to numb the injection site. After your BOTOX treatment, some minor pain, swelling, or bruising may occur, but these side effects resolve quickly.

Myth 7: BOTOX is addictive

BOTOX does not contain any addictive ingredients. As such, there is no way to become physically dependent on the treatments. However, many patients continue to receive BOTOX injections because the cosmetic results dramatically boost their confidence.

Myth 8: BOTOX will remove all wrinkles and lines

BOTOX doesn’t actually remove wrinkles or lines. Rather, BOTOX works by temporarily disabling or “freezing” muscles that cause wrinkles. As we get older and our skin becomes less elastic, permanent creases can form even when the muscles are relaxed. Though BOTOX cannot completely erase these more stubborn lines, it can help soften them.

Myth 9: Only women get BOTOX

An increasing number of men are turning to cosmetic solutions like BOTOX to reverse the effects of aging. According to the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, BOTOX is the number one cosmetic procedure received by men. Over the past three years, men have received more than one million BOTOX treatments.

Myth 10: Your wrinkles will get worse if you stop using BOTOX

Should you choose to stop using BOTOX, wrinkles won’t magically form overnight to make up for lost time. Since BOTOX “trains” facial muscles to relax, it’s more likely that your wrinkles will remain smoother than when you began treatments.

BOTOX at Greater Charlotte Oral & Facial Surgery

At Greater Charlotte Oral & Facial Surgery, we can help you regain your youthful glow by smoothing wrinkles and crease lines. Since our oral surgeons specialize exclusively in services related to the mouth, jaw, and face, they can treat underlying foundational issues as well as cosmetic conditions. If you have any questions about BOTOX® or any other facial or cosmetic treatment, we’re here to help.

If you are interested in BOTOX or other cosmetic solutions, please contact Greater Charlotte Oral & Facial Surgery for a consultation with Dr. Amir Marashi. For your convenience, you can visit either one of our offices in Charlotte, NC, or Gastonia, NC.

By Amir Marashi, MD, DDS

Amir Marashi, MD, DDS received his undergraduate training at Mercer University in Atlanta where he was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. He attended dental school at the University of Minnesota where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with distinction.
Dr. Marashi completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Louisiana State University and the University of Rochester. He also attended medical school at Louisiana State University where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree Cum Laude, followed by a year of medical residency.
After residency, Dr. Marashi joined the faculty as an assistant professor in the department of surgery at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, training oral and maxillofacial surgery residents. Dr. Marashi is board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

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