Myths and Facts About Botox Everyone Should Know

Are you considering Botox® injections to help rejuvenate your appearance and take years off your face? If so, you’re not alone. Over 7 million Botox treatments are performed each year, making it the leading injectable around the globe.

If you’re thinking about Botox but worried about some of the rumors, Kavian Milani, MD, and our team at Milani MedSpa want to put your mind at ease. 

In this post, we break through the myths about Botox to give you the facts about this FDA-approved treatment, which erases fine lines and wrinkles to give you younger-looking skin.    

Read on to learn the facts about Botox and whether it could be the right treatment option for you.  

MYTH: Botox is dangerous

FACT: Botox is safe and effective when properly administered.

Botox has been FDA-approved for medical use since 1989 and for cosmetic treatments since 2002. The myth of Botox as dangerous likely developed because it is derived from the bacteria responsible for botulism. 

Botox injections are site-specific and don’t spread through your body, making it safe for use. In fact, in addition to being the most popular anti-aging injectable, Botox can help with many other conditions due to its neuromodulating effects. These conditions include: 

MYTH: Botox freezes your muscles

FACT: Botox doesn’t affect the larger facial muscles responsible for making you smile, laugh, and cry. 

Botox injections work by relaxing the small facial muscles in the treatment areas that have fine lines and wrinkles, like crow’s feet and the worry line between your brows. It doesn’t stop the larger muscles in your face from expressing emotions.  

But like all injectables, results vary based on the expertise and experience of your provider. That’s why it’s key to go to trained professionals, like our team at Milani MedSpa. We have the experience and skills to understand where to inject Botox for natural-looking results.   

MYTH: Botox gives immediate results 

FACT: Botox results appear gradually over the days following your treatment. 

Although you may notice some immediate improvement, the true effects of Botox take several days to appear. In about three to four days, you should see noticeable changes. Optimal results appear about two weeks after your treatment.   

MYTH: Botox can’t prevent new wrinkles

FACT: Regular Botox injections can help prevent new wrinkles from forming when properly administered.

Wrinkles are caused in part when you make repeated facial expressions, like smiling, squinting, frowning, and laughing. Each time you squint or frown, your skin moves over the tiny muscles, etching lines into your face. 

Regular Botox injections relax these muscles, preventing deeper wrinkles from forming. While Botox can help prevent wrinkles at any age, it’s best to start in your late 20s or early 30s for optimal preventive results.  

MYTH: Botox leads to lots of bruising

FACT: Botox injections cause minimal bruising and swelling when administered by trained experts.

All injections bring a risk for bruising, but at Milani MedSpa, we’re specially trained to reduce this risk. You can take additional steps to prevent unnecessary bruising by following all pre- and post-treatment instructions carefully. These may include:

Botox injections only take minutes and the results last for up to four months. If you’re ready to learn more about Botox, we at Milani MedSpa are here to answer your questions. Call our Vienna, Virginia, office to book a consultation.

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