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Debunking Common Myths About Botox/Dysport Injections

January 22, 2024

In recent years, Botox/Dysport injections have gained immense popularity as non-invasive cosmetic procedures to combat the signs of aging. However, along with their popularity, a plethora of myths and misconceptions have also emerged on social media platforms and search engines. As an aesthetic Nurse Practitioner of nine years, I debunk four common myths surrounding Botox and Dysport injections. Hopefully, this will shed some light on the realities of these widely-used treatments!

By: Kaitlyn Hunter, NP

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Myth 1: Botox and Dysport Give a Frozen Expression

One of the most persistent myths surrounding Botox and Dysport injections is the fear of a frozen or unnatural expression. Many people worry that these treatments will leave them unable to make facial expressions. They think it will lead to a stiff and artificial appearance. In reality, when administered with a modest dose, Botox and Dysport can provide natural-looking results.

These injections work by temporarily relaxing overworked or strong muscles that cause wrinkles and fine lines. A skilled injector can strategically target these muscles. This preserves your ability to express normal and natural emotions while still softening unwanted wrinkles. It’s crucial to communicate your expectations and concerns with your injector to ensure the desired outcome.

Photo of a Dysport treatment box with a small vial of Dysport leaning against it with a tall white potted plant in the background

Myth 2: Botox and Dysport Are Only for the treatment of Wrinkles

While Botox and Dysport are widely known for their effectiveness in reducing wrinkles and fine lines, their applications go beyond cosmetic concerns. Botox and Dysport have therapeutic uses and can be employed to treat medical conditions. Ones such as chronic migraines, excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), tension in the masseters from clenching and grinding, and muscle spasms in the eyes. You can even inject them into your trap muscles to relieve tension!

In the realm of aesthetics, Botox and Dysport can also be used for preventative purposes. Some individuals opt for these injections in their late 20s or early 30s. This helps address dynamic wrinkles before they become more pronounced and established in the skin.

Myth 3: Botox and Dysport Are Unsafe

Safety concerns often deter individuals from considering Botox and Dysport injections. However, these neurotoxins have been used for cosmetic and therapeutic purposes for several decades,  and extensive research supports their safety when administered by qualified professionals.

Normal side effects are generally mild and temporary, including slight bruising, redness, or swelling at the injection site. Serious complications are extremely rare when the procedures are performed by experienced practitioners in a controlled medical environment. Before undergoing any cosmetic procedure, it’s crucial to choose a reputable and licensed provider in a medical office to ensure your safety and satisfaction. 

Myth 4: Botox and Dysport Are Addictive

Some people worry that once they start Botox/Dysport injections, they’ll become addicted to them and be unable to stop. This myth likely stems from the misconception that these injections alter the structure of the skin or muscles permanently.

In reality, the effects of Botox and Dysport are temporary, lasting for a few months before gradually wearing off. While most individuals choose to maintain their results with regular treatments, some individuals start and stop injections due to pregnancy or only get injections prior to events like weddings or holiday parties. It’s a personal choice whether to continue the treatments based on individual preferences, budget, and aesthetic goals. 

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Botox/Dysport injections continue to be valuable tools in the realm of cosmetic and therapeutic procedures. By dispelling these common myths, individuals can make informed decisions about whether these treatments align with their goals and expectations. As with any medical procedure, it’s crucial to consult with a qualified and experienced practitioner to ensure a safe and satisfying experience. Most practices offer complimentary consultations as well so if you have questions, I highly suggest booking a consultation prior to your treatment.