Botox is the not-so-hidden beauty secret whispered about in A-list circles. The rich and famous have used it for years to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, but the treatment has grown massively in popularity over the past 10 years. People are starting to embrace Botox, especially in New York City, not as a last resort to smooth the face, but as a preventive measure for preserving a youthful appearance.
Prevention is the best cure, so to speak, especially for people who are prone to wrinkles. Unfortunately, there are a lot of false assumptions surrounding the use of Botox. Here are some of the most common misconceptions about Botox.
It’s Only for Wrinkles
This one couldn’t be more wrong. On the one hand, Botox doesn’t work for wrinkles like laugh lines, and it is not ideal for wrinkles under the eyes. On the other hand, Botox does so much more than reducing the appearance of certain wrinkles. Botox is an effective migraine treatment. It is often used to reduce muscle tension and strain around the nervous system. Botox also provides welcome relief for people prone to excessive sweating and may help some people with depression.
You Don’t Need Botox Until You Start Getting Wrinkles
Botox can be used as a preventative, cosmetic treatment. In fact, the best time to start getting Botox treatments is before lines become etched in the skin. Botox can be used to prevent wrinkles from facial movements like raising your eyebrows or squinting if used before they ever start. Otherwise, Botox can prevent those wrinkles from getting worse but the texture of your skin doesn’t change, and if you stop using Botox for whatever reason the wrinkles come back.
Botox actually doesn’t take much time to recover at all. The injections are quick and painless. Any markings from the actual injections tend to disappear after 15-20 minutes.
You are Going to Freeze Your Face
Botox doesn’t freeze the muscles in your face. It relaxes them. When properly injected, Botox can actually enhance facial expressions. Sometimes wrinkles form in a way that makes a person look angry or sad. Botox helps reduce that appearance.
If you are thinking about Botox or want to talk with someone about which anti-aging techniques would be right for you, visit our clinic. Trained anti-aging specialists like board-certified Dr. Jeremie R. Rachunow, M.D. will conduct a complete physical exam, perform any necessary diagnostics testing, and talk to you about the next steps for aging prevention and treatment.