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8 Myths You Might Have Believed About Botox

Botox® is the trade-name for the protein and neurotoxin Botulinum Toxin. With a simple injection, Botox is the most effective skin treatment for smoothing the appearance of the lines and wrinkles that come with age. You may be considering Botox if you’d like to restore a youthfulness and glow to your skin, but you may also have heard stories or have some doubts. To help you we’ve listed some common myths about Botox treatment which we’ll debunk:


Myth #1 Botox isn’t safe

Botox was approved for cosmetic procedures in 2002. And since then, it has been used safely for millions of people worldwide. The myth about Botox being dangerous comes from the fact that Botulinum Toxin is derived from a bacteria that causes botulism food poisoning. If untreated the food poisoning can cause paralysis or even death. That does sound scary, however Botox remains only at the injection site and works safely and effectively with the recommended doses. Always go with a qualified doctor with experience to keep you safe.


Myth #2 You should only get Botox when wrinkles and lines appear

Myth #2 You should only get Botox when wrinkles and lines appear

As well as reducing wrinkles, more and more people are using Botox as a preventative treatment. Why? Because Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. This means that by having it earlier on, you can actually prevent making the facial expressions that lead to lines and wrinkles altogether, or at least less often. Waiting till your lines are more pronounced to get Botox might also make it harder to smooth them out.


Myth #3 The younger the better

Though preventative Botox is becoming more popular, you may not be ready for it if you are still only at the minimum legal age of 18. At 18 or even in your early 20s, you may not have any of those lines that remain after constant muscle movement. It’s more advisable to wait for a few years before committing to the treatment.


Myth #4 Botox only reduces wrinkles

Botox doesn't only improve the appearance of the skin. Injections are also used in some cases to treat a range of conditions such as migraines or excessive sweating, believe it or not!


Myth #5 Botox will give you an expressionless face

With a skilled practitioner, you won't suffer from the ‘frozen face’ that people dread when considering Botox. Botox relaxes the muscles at the site of the injection only, which means you’ll still be able to be expressive with your facial movements.


Myth #6 Botox will reduce all facial lines and wrinkles

Wrinkles caused by sun exposure or ageing won’t be affected by Botox so you won’t be able to treat all lines and wrinkles. The wrinkles targeted by Botox are the ones caused by muscle movement over time, since the injection will cause the muscles to relax. If you want to target wrinkles caused by sun exposure or ageing, fillers will help to provide a smoother appearance.


Myth #7 Your wrinkles will get worse if you stop getting it

As you get Botox you’ll prevent your wrinkles from developing. The effects of Botox normally last around 3 months, however if you keep up with injections regularly every few months, the results may last longer. When you stop getting Botox, the rate at which your wrinkles develop with movement will return to normal - not get worse.


Myth #8 Botox is addictive

Whether people become addicted to Botox depends entirely on themselves and their desire to stay looking younger. There are no addictive properties or ingredients in Botox itself.

About Smile Spa

Smile Spa is a qualified, professional Botox practitioner registered with the Care Quality Commission. Smile Spa clinics specialise in skin rejuvenation treatments including Botox injections, Dermal Fillers and eDermastamp and Dermaroller treatments for naturally youthful looking skin. To find out more, simply visit their website at, or call your nearest clinic on 01564 772184 (Knowle) or 0121 3784875 (Sutton Coldfield).