The 5 Most Common Botox Myths

Botox is a safe and affordable procedure that can significantly enhance your appearance and boost your self-confidence. But are one of these common Botox myths holding you back? 

Myth 1.    Once Botox wears off, my wrinkles will be even more noticeable. 

Wrinkles will typically reappear between three and six months after injection. However, wrinkles will not be any more pronounced than they were prior to Botox. Many patients grow accustomed to their wrinkle-free face and are surprised with the severity of their wrinkles upon their return. 

Myth 2.    I’m too young for Botox. 

Most people interested in Botox and not too young for it!  Botox is most effective on what are known as “dynamic wrinkles,” or wrinkles that haven’t quite set in yet. The wrinkles tend to appear when you are moving your face, such as when you are smiling or frowning. The earlier these wrinkles are treated with Botox, the better. Botox can also be a highly effective preventive measure, helping to mitigate wrinkle development as you age. Botox can also be used among younger people, including individuals in their 20s, to accentuate certain features. 

Myth 3.    Botox is expensive. 

Because Botox is an elective, cosmetic procedure, in most cases it will not be covered by medical insurance. However, this does not mean that the procedure is going to be ridiculously expensive; Botox is an incredibly affordable procedure. Of course, the price will depend on the quantity of Botox you will have as well as medical provider you choose. However, pricing is typically somewhere between $10 and $18 per unit. While the number of units required for treatment will vary depending on the individual and the zone of the face to be treated, an entire forehead can typically be treated with 20 units, while crow’s-feet can be treated with an average of 25 units, and frown and expression lines can be treated with an average of 40 units. 

Myth 4.    Botox isn’t safe. 

A number of patients are apprehensive about the safety of Botox, but the reality is that the procedure is an incredibly safe one. Botox has been around for more than 20 years and has been administered to more than 16 million patients. It has been used to treat a variety of conditions, including chronic migraine headaches, eye muscle disorders, and muscle stiffness. It has also been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Side effects are generally mild and temporary, such as minor bruising, swelling, or redness. Believe it or not, Botox injections are actually statistically safer than taking an aspirin. The latter has more side effects. 

Myth 5.    Botox is incredibly painful. 

Because Botox is administered using syringes, many people are under the impression that the procedure is an incredibly painful one. However, it is quick and only minimally painful for less than a second. Most patients report a slight pinching sensation and minimal discomfort.