Botox® is perhaps the most famous cosmetic treatment available. It first proved to be effective in the battle against wrinkles in the late 1970s, and since then, it’s been a go-to cosmetic treatment for millions of men and women. Spending so many years at the top of the beauty pyramid has blurred the line between fact and fiction and muddled what Botox can really do. Fortunately, our experts know the truth about all kinds of beauty treatments, including Botox.
At Glow Up Aesthetics, Ellen TeBos, FNP-BC, and her experienced staff in Kalamazoo, Michigan, are dedicated to not only giving you the look you want but also making sure you’re completely informed before, after, and during treatment. We can help you understand what’s true and what’s false about the world’s favorite cosmetic injection.
Here are some of the misbeliefs we hear most often:
Botox is dangerous
This myth likely stems from the fact that Botox is actually derived from a bacteria found in nature that, when administered in large doses, can result in botulism, a paralytic disease.
The truth of the matter is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Botox for cosmetic use in 2002. In the hands of experts like our providers, Botox treatment is perfectly safe, virtually painless, and effective. We’re trained to deliver the exact right dosage so the only side effect you experience is reduced wrinkles.
Botox makes you look unnatural
You’ve likely seen pictures of celebrities or farcical TV actors with faces that look like they’ve been through a wind tunnel. It’s a common misbelief that Botox makes your face look frozen, expressionless, and completely unnatural.
In reality, Botox targets only the muscles that cause deep wrinkles like the ones in your forehead, right around your smile lines, and at the corners of your eyes, leaving the other muscles in your face unaffected. Our providers are skilled enough to pinpoint exactly where the Botox injection needs to go, so you can still show the world what you’re feeling, along with fewer wrinkles.
Botox works for all wrinkles
It’s true that Botox is the best when it comes to combating wrinkles, but it can’t get rid of every single fine line on your face. Botox is most effective in reversing the look of dynamic wrinkles, the creases that occur as a result of frequent muscle movement and contraction.
Think about all of the times you’ve laughed, furrowed your brow, or squinted your eyes. These repetitive movements are the main cause of those deep wrinkles around your mouth, eyes, and forehead. Botox seeks out those active muscles and stops them from creating more wrinkles.
Other lines on your face are called static wrinkles and are the result of factors like increased age and overexposure to the sun. They need a different kind of attention. Talk to us about our other skin rejuvenation treatments like microneedling and PRP injections that can complement your Botox injections and give you the complete look you want.
Botox is addictive
While it’s possible to become obsessed with the aesthetic results Botox has to offer, there are no addictive chemicals, additives, or properties in Botox. We discuss your goals with you to make sure that your treatment plan fits them and can help you not to overindulge in cosmetic treatments.
Botox is only a cosmetic treatment
Botox is far from a one-trick pony. It certainly has the power to turn back the hands of time, but it can also ease the pain of chronic migraines, calm muscle spasms, and address an overactive bladder, to name just a few additional uses.
You might think you know all there is to know about Botox, but it can be easy to become misinformed. You can trust that our experts have the best information and are fully trained to deliver the youth-giving power of Botox safely and effectively.
If you have more questions or would like to get started with a consultation, call our office or schedule an appointment online.