Though Botox has gotten more and more popular lately, there are still a lot of myths floating around about it. Here are a few of the most popular myths we hear in the office and the truth behind them.
- MYTH: If you don’t keep getting Botox treatments, your wrinkles will get worse.
False! While it is true that the effects of Botox are not permanent, when you stop getting treatments they will go back to the way they were before treatment. They will not get worse. In fact, getting regular treatments will slow the progression while you are being treated. Upon stopping treatment, you will slowly lose the relaxing effects and the normal development of wrinkles will continue with muscle movement.
- MYTH: You should wait until you have visible lines to get Botox.
False! In the Lafayette area, we’re seeing younger and younger patients receiving Botox treatments. If you get ahead of the game, you may have fewer wrinkles in the long run. Botox has become more and more popuarl for patients looking for preventative treatments. If you wait until frown lines or crows feet become etched into the skin, it will be more difficult and take more Botox to smooth the appearance of the lines formed by muscle movements like squinting, scowling, and raising your eyebrows.
- MYTH: Botox hurts
False! The pain associated with Botox is minimal to non-existent.Many patients compare the sensation of receiving Botox injections to a mosquito bite. The needle used is byre fine and a tiny amount of liquid is injected. No anesthetic is necessary.
- MYTH: People who have Botox lose all expression in their faces.
False! When Botox is performed by a trained medical professional (at Nouriche our doctor or Physician Assistant) the procedure will enhance your facial expression rather than eliminate them. The open secret about Botox is that when it’s done well, no one will be able to tell. They’ll notice you look great, but won’t be able to put their finger on what exactly has changed.
- MYTH: Botox is only for wrinkles.
False! Botox isn’t just used for cosmetic reasons. Injections have been used to treat migraines by relaxing muscle tension and creating less strain on the nervous system. It can also be used to treat hyperhidrosis (excess sweating) by blocking sweat glands. There’s even evidence that Botox might help patients with depression.
To schedule a consultation for Botox and fillers with Dr. Cobb or one of our two master trained Physician Assistants, call 337-456-7300.