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Myths and Facts About Botox®

Mar 06, 2024
Myths and Facts About Botox®
There’s a lot of information available about Botox®, but it may be hard to decipher what’s true and what’s simply a misconception. We review the myths and provide the facts about the popular cosmetic injections here. 

Botox® works by injecting a purified form of botulinum toxin type A into areas that have wrinkles or fine lines. It paralyzes the muscles that cause the wrinkles, keeping them from contracting. Once these muscles can no longer contract, the fine lines slowly start to fade. 

Because of its ability to turn back the hands of time, Botox is the top nonsurgical cosmetic procedure and has become a household name. However, due to its popularity and wide circulation around the internet and social media, plenty of myths have popped up about the cosmetic injections.

If you’ve been holding back on getting Botox due to some misconceptions surrounding the procedure, our team, led by Alan Greenberg, MD, at North Texas Cosmetic Surgery in Frisco, Texas, wants to reassure you that much of that information is simply untrue. In this blog, we bust the myths and provide the facts about Botox.

Myth: Botox isn’t safe

The botulinum toxin used in Botox injections can be incredibly deadly when administered in large doses. However, plenty of research has been done by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to determine the correct dosage for cosmetic purposes. 

When Botox is injected in a very small amount, it’s a perfectly safe procedure. In fact, it’s incredibly rare for anyone to report even nonserious side effects after getting Botox, and it’s even more rare for someone to have severely adverse effects. Even serious symptoms post-Botox are usually due to an underlying condition, not because of the injections themselves.

So, as long as you’re seeing a licensed practitioner such as Dr. Greenberg, Botox is incredibly safe. 

Myth: Getting Botox is painful

Needles used for Botox are incredibly small and fine, rendering the process pretty painless. In addition, the needles don’t go very deep into your skin, and no incisions are made. Both of these practices reduce the chance of pain. 

At most, you may feel a slight stinging or burning sensation when the needles are injected. If you’re worried about pain, we can apply ice or a topical cream to numb the area to make sure you’re comfortable during the Botox process.

Myth: Botox results last forever

It’s commonly said that Botox “freezes” your face. However, this doesn’t really accurately describe how Botox works. While it’s true that Botox paralyzes muscles to keep wrinkles from developing, the effects are temporary, and typically only last about four months.

This can be encouraging, especially if you decide Botox isn’t for you. However, if you’re happy with the results, you can get repeat injections to get long-lasting effects. 

For expert Botox administration and other aesthetic services, look no further than our team at North Texas Cosmetic Surgery. Schedule an appointment by calling our office or booking online today.