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7 Common Misconceptions About BOTOX® Cosmetic (And the Truth)

Posted on November 01, 2021 By: The Office of Birmingham Specialists
BOTOX® Cosmetic

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BOTOX® Cosmetic has seen an enormous surge in popularity in the last decade or so. However, there is a lot of misinformation out there about this popular non-surgical treatment. 

To set the record straight, we’re outlining seven of the most common misconceptions about BOTOX® Cosmetic.

Woman getting BOTOX-type injection between her eyebrows.

1. You Will Not Be Able to Move Your Facial Features

BOTOX® Cosmetic relaxes the muscles at the injection site; it doesn’t freeze the muscles. A skilled injector will carefully examine the treatment area and knows which muscles to inject the neuromodulator into so you still have your entire range of facial features, such as smiling, frowning, and showing shock.

2. BOTOX® Cosmetic Is Made Up of Poison and Isn’t Safe

BOTOX® Cosmetic consists of botulinum toxin type A. Not only does this have the word “toxin” in it, but it is also often associated with the disease botulism. Just because there are some similarities, they are not the same. BOTOX® Cosmetic is safe and non-toxic to your body.

It’s important to realize that BOTOX® Cosmetic is FDA-approved for various conditions and has been used for over 20 years. The FDA would not have approved or kept a product on the market that was poisonous or unsafe to use.

3. BOTOX® Cosmetic Is Only for Women

The primary benefit of BOTOX® Cosmetic is to smoothen out wrinkles and deep lines for a more youthful appearance. As men are just as likely to get wrinkles as women, it stands to reason that men can benefit from BOTOX® Cosmetic too.

4. BOTOX® Cosmetic Only Corrects Wrinkles Around the Eyes

While BOTOX® Cosmetic is most commonly associated with treating lines in the upper part of the face, including crow’s feet, forehead furrows, and frown lines, it can also be used to minimize:

  • Lip lines
  • Bunny lines
  • Reduce neck bands
  • Fix skin dimpling at the chin
  • Lift the corners of the mouth
  • Soften a strong jawline
  • Fix a gummy smile

5. BOTOX® Cosmetic Is Permanent

BOTOX® Cosmetic isn’t permanent. Generally speaking, neuromodulator treatments like BOTOX® Cosmetic last between three to four months. 

The great news is that if you are unhappy with your BOTOX® Cosmetic results for any reason, they will disappear in just a few months!

Repeated injections are possible once the BOTOX® Cosmetic wears off and has no lasting side effects.

6. BOTOX® Is Only for Aging Signs

If you struggle with a square jawline, skin dimpling at the chin, or a gummy smile, BOTOX® can help. Additionally, BOTOX® injections in armpits and feet have been known to help reduce excessive sweating.

BOTOX® is also an effective treatment for those dealing with chronic migraines.

7. BOTOX® Cosmetic Works Instantaneously

It takes a while for the BOTOX® Cosmetic to kick in. The average time is between three to five days, although sometimes it can take up to 14 days to see results. 

So, if you don’t see your results right away, don’t worry. It’s not that the treatment didn’t work for you; it’s just that your results are not going to be seen yet!

Book Your BOTOX® Cosmetic Appointment

BOTOX® Cosmetic is an extremely safe and effective way to treat various problems, such as signs of aging. The procedure is non-invasive, requires no downtime, and offers results in just a few days. 

Book your BOTOX® appointment today with our clinic to get started by calling (205) 298-8660 or filling out this form.