By Liz Benzie • June 17, 2016

Botox Myths, Demystified

We've all had that moment--you pull up that selfie or zoom in on your face in a photo and think to yourself, "OK, maybe the high def filter was a bad choice…but where did all those wrinkles come from?!"
Maybe you've been thinking about trying injectables such as Botox or Dysport to smooth out those lines, but have been scared away by some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding these products. Here we’ll set straight a few I hear every day as a cosmetic injector.


Myth: Botox treats wrinkles.
Truth: Not exactly. Botox and Dysport injections treat muscles that repeatedly contract, creasing and damaging the overlying skin and creating those lines and wrinkles. These products are injected into specific muscles where, within about 7-10 days, they act to block the muscle’s contractions. Now, sans the skin-crinkling effects of those muscle movements, the skin has a chance to repair itself and soften fine lines and wrinkles. This effect on the muscles lasts about 3 months, after which the normal muscle movement resumes and the creasing/damaging/wrinkling cycle restarts. This is why I encourage patients to retreat these areas about every three months to see continued skin improvement from their treatment and prevent the damage cycle from restarting.


Myth: "My wrinkles aren’t that deep…I'm too young to start getting Botox."
Truth: A common misconception is that you should wait until you have wrinkles,then start treating them. Not the case! Truth is, once the skin has been damaged enough to form deep-set wrinkles, it becomes much more difficult to smooth and repair them. Some of these deeper lines may not fully improve, even after treating the area with Botox. This is where being proactive really pays off: by treating the wrinkle-prone areas of your face before you start seeing deep creasing, you can prevent these deep wrinkles from ever forming (or worsening). People often ask me at what age they should start using Botox. There really is no magic number--I’ve seen patients in their 20s with deep lines, as well as patients in their 40s with only fine wrinkles. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to antiaging treatments. Each person’s face is unique!


Myth: “Botox can't do anything for the lines around my eyes.”
Truth: Botox has been used to soften "crow's feet," or wrinkles at the outer corners of the eyes, for years, and is FDA approved for this area specifically. These lines can often be dramatically improved with a few precise injections to the area from a knowledgeable provider.


Myth: "Botox will 'freeze' my face and make me look ‘done’.”
I hear this one all the time. But Truth: a skilled injector places Botox to relax only the targeted muscles that are causing wrinkles to form, while avoiding certain other muscles that we need for natural facial expressions like smiling. After the product takes effect in the targeted area, those wrinkle-causing facial expressions (think: scowling) will be softened, giving you a smoother, more youthful, but still natural look.


Lastly, but most importantly:

Myth: “I can get my Botox treatment done anywhere.”
Truth: Okay, so this one is true…sort of. These days you probably can get Botox just about anywhere--the dentist, your OBGYN, the spa. So how to choose? A great Botox result requires knowledge of the facial anatomy and aesthetic judgment in order to avoid a potential misshap like lowered brows or uneven features. The best provider for your cosmetic and skin goals will have a natural eye for facial aesthetics as well as specialized training in cosmetic injection techniques with toxins. Be sure your provider, be it a nurse or doctor, has both.


Thinking about your personal skin goals? At Juvly Aesthetics in downtown Columbus, we specialize in facial rejuvenation through medical-grade skincare, injectable toxin and fillers, and skin resurfacing procedures. We rank amongst the top 1% of Botox providers in the nation by number of treatments, earning Allergan’s Black Diamond designation. Come find out why--Book your free consultation online or by phone. We’d love to show you how beautiful the results can be!