Just a few years ago, Botox was not as talked about as it is today. Now it’s mentioned and no one raises a brow. “No pun intended”. When Botox was considered taboo, it was mostly thought of as a treatment that was for the rich and famous. Now, Botox is something that is talked about often among friends, co-workers, and neighbors.
Botox is a botulinum toxin that is used to treat fine lines and wrinkles. It works by temporarily weakening muscle activity which can prevent and soften the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. The most common treatment areas include the forehead, glabella (between the eyebrows) and crow’s feet (around the eyes).
This taboo topic is shifting largely because of social media and the internet. Influencers are using their platforms to educate their followers about the benefits of Botox. Some new terms you may have heard are ‘pre-juvenation’ and ‘preventative Botox’. Preventative Botox is becoming popular among the twenty-something year-olds looking to prevent wrinkles and, in many cases, provide a subtle browlift that can be achieved from Botox with proper placement. These millennials are more educated with easy online access and know how to use their resources. Also, more mothers of these twenty to thirty-something year-olds are advising their children to be more conscious about their skin and the aging process because they are currently going through it and wish they’d been better about prevention, especially with sunscreen use. With millions of people being injected each year, there is a lot of information, and much being said about Botox. Some good and some bad. With Botox being the most popular cosmetic treatment, there are bound to be misconceptions or even myths surrounding the subject. We are putting an end to these myths and can hopefully save you from fears, overspending on treatments, and prevent unnatural results.
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Botox Myth #1: Every Person Should Be Treated with a Standard Amount of Units
Have you ever heard of a medical spa that charges individuals by the area and every person receiving the exact same amount in each area? This is common and can lead to overspending. There are standard amounts that are appropriate for each area, but Botox is not a one-size-fits-all. Botox should be customized to each individual. Everyone’s muscles in their face vary in strength which determines how many units of Botox is needed.
Another factor that determines how much Botox is required per area is how long the individual has been treated with Botox. For example, if it is someone’s first time having Botox who has deep wrinkles, they may need more than an individual who is consistently treated with Botox.
Botox Myth #2: Botox Should Be Started Before Lines Form
Botox can be done proactively but isn’t necessary for those who do not yet have wrinkles forming. A great example of a young individual who could benefit from Botox is someone who has noticeable static lines after making an expression or obvious resting lines. Again, every individual is different so the age that is best to start Botox is going to vary.
If you are still young and do not have any static lines or resting lines but want to be proactive, our best advice is to start with taking care of your skin now. Applying sunscreen daily will prevent signs of early aging. You can also improve the appearance of your overall skin health with facial treatments like Hydrafacials or chemical peels.
Botox Myth #3: You Don’t Need to See the Same Injector Every Time
Are you someone who hops around to different injectors or goes to a clinic that is constantly changing injectors? You may think that Botox is Botox, and you don’t have to see the same injector every time. This is actually a myth. Botox should be done by a skilled injector who can get to know your face.
By going to the same injector every time, the injector gets to know and learn your face and muscles better which leads to the best possible results. With Botox, a few millimeters can make a huge difference and what works for one person, may not work for the next. Good, natural looking Botox is a true art, which makes choosing a skilled, experienced injector crucial.
Botox Myth #4: It’s Not Working If You’re Not Frozen
The whole point of Botox is to prevent fine lines and wrinkles, right? Yes. Once your Botox starts to kick in your skin should appear smoother, but it doesn’t have to look frozen. Some individuals like the frozen appearance but there are also many who don’t want that. As mentioned above, Botox is totally customizable. If you want the effects of Botox but still want to show expression, that can be achieved. During a Botox consultation, it is important to express your desires and concerns with your injector, so you are happy with results.
Botox Myth #5: Botox is a Fix All
If you’ve had Botox, you know it is a miracle worker but not a fix all. Botox is ideal for treating fine lines and wrinkles but will not add volume or replace fat. Once individuals become more mature, your provider may start to recommend filler in addition to Botox. An example of Botox and filler working together is around and under the eyes. Botox can be injected to improve the appearance of the crow’s feet (lines around the eyes), but the individual may notice lines and hollows under the eyes. For total rejuvenation, filler can be added under the eyes or in the cheeks which will smooth out lines and provide support to the muscle around the eyes.