Five Botox Myths

Botox has seen a significant rise in popularity over the last 20 years, and with an increase in popularity comes an increase in Botox myths and misinformation. According to research, the number of annual Botox injections increased by nearly 459% from 2000 to 2020. Still, there is some skepticism about whether or not Botox is worth it. To help you make a more informed decision, we’re shedding light on some common Botox myths: 

Myth #1: Working out makes Botox wear off faster

Maintaining a neurotoxin routine is an investment, so it’s no wonder that some people fear that working out can make the effects of Botox diminish quicker than normal. While some users have hypothesized that working out makes their Botox wear off faster, there is no science to support this claim. According to dermatologists, the biggest factor in the duration of your Botox is genetics, not your workout routine. If you’re noticing the effects of Botox wearing off faster than you’d like, you may want to consider how much Botox you’re getting at a time. A higher dose will last longer than a smaller dose. Of course, our team is always here to make recommendations on dosage adjustments so you can achieve your desired results. 

Myth #2: The effects of Botox are immediate

Some patients who are new to neurotoxins are under the impression that they’ll be able to see the full effects of the injections immediately upon receiving them. The reality is that the effects of Botox injections will typically be noticeable within 7-10 days of the procedure, and the final results will become visible in up to a month. 

Myth #3: Botox will make me expressionless

Neurotoxins work by blocking the nerve impulses, which temporarily paralyzes the muscles that cause wrinkles. When these muscles are limited in motion, they stop the deepening of fine lines and lead to a smoother appearance. Because of the way neurotoxins work, one of the most commonly held Botox myths is that the injections will leave you expressionless or with a “frozen face.” The truth is that you will still be able to make a range of faces and emotions, including smiling, frowning and looking surprised. The only difference is that existing lines will not be as visible.

Myth #4: Botox is Only For Women

Working at O’Neill Plastic Surgery, we are always facing the misconception that aesthetic services and surgeries are only for women. We offer a wide range of services and skincare that can benefit men just as much as our female patients! Botox is one of these services. The effects of Botox are natural and can be suited to achieve the desired results for any patient. Ultimately, both men and women have great results with neurotoxins that leave them looking younger, with reduced wrinkles and smoother skin.

Myth #5: Botox is Only Used for Wrinkles

While Botox is commonly used to reduce the look of wrinkles and fight the signs of aging, its uses don’t stop there. Botox has also been shown to be effective at relieving or reducing TMJ symptoms, migraines, excess sweating, and muscle spasms. 

Schedule Your Appointment

Now that we’ve set the record straight and debunked these Botox myths, you can make a more informed decision about whether or not Botox is for you. O’Neill Plastic Surgery is proud to offer a variety of neurotoxin options, including Botox, Dysport, and Daxify. These appointments are quick, minimally invasive, and require zero downtime, so they’re perfect for a quick pre-summer pick-me-up. For any questions, concerns, or to schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us at 843-881-2130.

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About the Author

Upon completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, Dr. O’Neill completed nine years of residency training. These nine years included a full general surgery and a plastic surgery residency, both at the Medical University of South Carolina, and a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery. Dr. O’Neill has extensive certifications, training, skills, and knowledge that make him a successful physician who can carry out your next plastic surgery procedure. His expertise and technique will result in the beautiful and natural look you desire post surgery.

Board Certified:
American Board of Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Sub-Certification in Hand and Microsurgery

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