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May 10

Myth Bust | Botox and Dysport

Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for anti-aging and wrinkle reduction. But despite this, many myths surround Botox and similar injections like Dysport. Here are 10 of the most common ones that may prevent you from considering this beneficial treatment.

1. Botox is very painful

Despite the multiple injections necessary in a Botox or Dysport treatment, most patients experience little discomfort, and little to no downtime. Because the needle is very small and only enters just below the surface of the skin, you may experience a slight pinching sensation. However, there are topical numbing creams to help anyone concerned about pain.

2. Botox is toxic

This misconception comes from the fact that Botox derives from botulinum toxin. This toxin is associated with food poisoning. However, Botox is not injected anywhere even near toxic levels. Plus, no long-term side effects have been reported in Botox users, despite its very high treatments and its history.

3. Your face will look emotionless after Botox

When handled by a professional, Botox and Dysport should not make your face look stiff or emotionless. Botox only impacts the muscles at the injection site, and so cannot “freeze” your whole face or interfere with facial expressions.

4. Botox is permanent

The effects of Botox will fade over time, which is why it’s so safe! After 3 to 6 months, the treated muscles will begin to move again. At this point, wrinkles will slowly return. We recommend returning every 3 to 4 months for repeat treatments to prevent wrinkles from returning.

5. My face will look worse after Botox fades

When Botox fades, the muscles will eventually regain mobility, and wrinkles and lines will return. However, it is not immediate, and your wrinkles won’t come back worse after mobility returns.

6. Fillers are the same as Botox

Dermal fillers and Botox are both used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines. Fillers, however, do not work in the same way. Instead, injectable fillers fill in the skin and tissue from beneath to restore plumpness and smoothness to the skin.

7. Botox treatments are addictive

Looking and feeling good can prompt you to continue getting Botox and Dysport treatments in the future. But it’s completely impossible to get a physical addiction for Botox  treatments. And though you may not want to stop because of how good you look and feel, you can stop at any time without adverse effects.

8. Botox is no longer necessary after surgery

Even with surgery like facelifts and eye lifts, wrinkles and lines can still form. Keeping up with your Botox treatments will help keep these at bay, even after surgery.

9. Botox works immediately

We wish! But Botox is a gradual process. You should see subtle results in 3 to 5 days, and stronger results in 7 to 10.

10. Botox is only an aesthetic treatment

Did you know Botox may actually be used to treat depression? Botox is also used to reduce excess sweating with underarm injections.


Curious about Dysport and Botox? Here’s what makes Dysport different from Botox.

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