If you’re looking for a way to reduce or eliminate frown lines, crow’s feet and other fine lines and wrinkles, BOTOX may be the answer. However, you may have held off on undergoing the procedure because you’ve heard worrisome facts. Below, we dispel the most common Botox myths about this popular injectable wrinkle-relaxing procedure.

There’s Lots of Downtime

Nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, this is truly an in-and-out procedure. Patients typically walk out and carry on with their day without any issues.

It’s Permanent

Even with repeated, regular use, the effects of these injections are not permanent. On average, they last around three months. In some cases, their effects last as long as six to 12 months. Ultimately, however, the effects wear off, and treatment must be administered again.

The Injections are Toxic

Contrary to popular belief, the substance that is injected into the body is not actual botulinum, which causes botulism. Rather, it’s the protein portion of botulinum and is completely safe. Further, due to specific training, experienced physicians know how to deliver an appropriate dose for optimal safety.

You’ll Lose the Ability to Make Certain Facial Expressions

One of the most persistent myths about this procedure is that it will give your face a frozen, inexpressive appearance. Fortunately, that’s absolutely untrue as long as the medication is administered properly and at the right dose.

You Don’t Need It if You Get Plastic Surgery

If you have a brow lift, face lift or other plastic surgery, you may still want to continue with BOTOX. Such procedures address loose skin, muscle and tissue, but fine lines and wrinkles may still persist.

It Can Be Used Anywhere on the Face

Despite what you may have heard, this procedure is only designed to address issues like forehead and neck wrinkles, crow’s feet, frown lines and the like. It is not a filler, so there are limitations on what it can do.

It’s the Same Thing as a Dermal Filler

People often confuse this medication with dermal fillers, which are typically made out of hyaluronic acid and are designed to add volume to the face. This procedure relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkles–it doesn’t add volume, so it’s completely distinct from dermal fillers.

Effects are Immediate

If you expect to look years younger the instant after the injections are made, you’re in for some disappointment. It takes time for the medication to effectively relax the nerves, so changes aren’t typically noticeable for three to five days, and the full effect doesn’t usually occur until seven to 10 days later.

Once You Start, You Can’t Stop

There are lots of stories out there about people who go too far and seemingly become addicted to this procedure. However, the vast majority of people have no trouble along these lines.

Injections are Painful

Pain is relative, but most people rate the discomfort that they experience from the injections a two or three on a 10-point scale. Topical anesthesia applied on your face to make you more comfortable.

It Spreads Around the Body

Some people believe that if they have these injections, the medication will work its way around their bodies and make them ill. However, this medication has a very localized dispersal.

People Will Know That You’ve Had Work Done

While it’s certainly possible to overdo it with these injections to the point of looking unnatural, a skilled and experienced physician will know how to administer the injections properly so that the results are as natural and attractive as can be. The vast majority of people are thrilled by how they look and report that no one seems any the wiser.

With these BOTOX myths dispelled, it’s clear to see that this procedure is among the best ways to reverse the effects of aging in a safe, minimally invasive way. Schedule a consultation to find out what it can do for you today.