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7 Common Botox Myths Busted

December 5, 2022

There are often a lot of misconceptions when it comes to Botox/Dysport injections. Less familiar with Dysport? Read my previous blog here breaking down their differences. Today, however, let’s bust some of the most common botox myths out there! That way you can rest easy knowing all the facts and make an informed decision on whether these injectables are right for you.

By: Kristin, NP

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1. We should not use Botox/Dysport because they are toxic

While these products are considered neurotoxins and derived from Clostridium Botulinum, they will not cause toxicity. The small amounts administered for cosmetic dosing is nowhere near toxic levels. These type of products have been used since the late 1980s, so we have a lot of data on their safety. 

2. Botox/Dysport injections are painful

While there may be some discomfort from these injections, the needles used are very small. We frequently compare the sensation to that of a small bee sting. It may leave a slightly raised area for 15 minutes or so, but then will return to normal.

See the treatment in action on our YouTube channel so you get a sense of each visit. That way there are no surprises. Click here to watch!

3. Botox/Dysport are only used for deep wrinkles

These can be used to treat deep wrinkles; however, it will likely take multiple treatments to get the lines to fully smooth out. Botox/Dysport can also be used preventatively before etched-in lines form. These products can be used to treat TMJ issues to help with clenching, popping, or clicking of the jaw.  Another common treatment is for hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating in the underarms, palms of the hands, or even the face.  

4. If you stop using Botox/Dysport, the wrinkles will look worse

If you stop using Botox or Dysport, your wrinkles will not look worse. This is one of the most common questions we get surrounding botox myths. If you had no etched-in lines, you will slowly develop those over time, just as if you had never gotten injections in the first place.  As the muscles move over time, the movement and creasing of the skin causes the etched-in line to form. These will not develop any faster after you stop injections.

How long do botox and dysport last? Check out our blog here that gives you the complete rundown.

5. You can be too old to get Botox/Dysport

There is no hard and fast age cut off for these type of injections. As we age, the likelihood of etched in lines is higher. Depending on how deep the lines are, it may take longer for them to smooth out, or they may not smooth out entirely. Bottomline is that it is never too late to start. 

6. Botox is the best brand

This is very subjective. It is best to talk with your provider to determine which brand of product is best to reach your specific goals. Some people find that one brand is better for them than others, just like it can be with other types of medications. Again, check out another blog I did called “Botox vs. Dysport: The Difference & How to Choose” for a full breakdown.

7.Botox/Dysport paralyzes the muscle

The muscle is not completely paralyzed. The goal is usually a slight decrease in muscle activity so that it cannot move as strongly as before treatment. 

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I hope that by breaking down these common botox myths that you feel both, more informed on and comfortable with, the treatment! We did the same for Dermaplaning—check that out here.

If you have more questions or are ready to start your Botox/Dysport journey, call to schedule an appointment with one of our providers! Or, fill out our appointment request form to schedule a free consultation. You’ll get a free VISIA facial analysis scan and the chance to have all of your questions answered by a trained injector.