At Fountain of Youth Plastic Surgery in Palm Harbor, FL and Tampa Bay, FL, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Harrell specializes in cosmetic surgery procedures such as breast augmentation, tummy tucks, mommy makeovers, and facelifts as well as a variety of non-surgical cosmetic medicine treatments. Of all the non-surgical cosmetic medicine procedures performed at Fountain of Youth, Botox—an FDA approved prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe forehead lines, crow’s feet lines, and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults[1]—is the most popular.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ 2016 Plastic Surgery Report, Botulism Toxin Type A was the most popular, minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure performed in 2016 in the U.S (7 million procedures were performed in 2016, up 4% from 2015).[2] Even though Botox is the most widespread and well-known, injectable anti-aging treatment, many myths still surround Botox. When it comes to cosmetic medicine and surgery, knowledge is power. When making a decision about whether a cosmetic medicine procedure or surgery is right for you, you need all the facts—do not let your decisions be swayed by misinformation.

Below, we debunk four popular myths about Botox:

  1. MYTH: Botox is a one-time cosmetic medicine treatment. Unfortunately, Botox is not a one-and-done, permanent cosmetic medicine procedure. But rather, if an experienced professional injects the right amount of Botox in the right facial muscles, Botox results can last approximately three to four months. After three or four months, the effects of Botox will gradually wear off and the paralyzed muscles will start to function normally again and the wrinkles will reappear. Patients will need to get another Botox treatment at this point to smooth out the appearance of facial fine lines and wrinkles.
  2. MYTH: Botox is only used for cosmetic, aesthetic reasons. While Botox is most popularly used for cosmetic, aesthetic reasons—decreasing the appearance of facial fine lines and wrinkles—it is also FDA-approved for the following medical conditions: chronic migraines, excessive underarm sweating, overactive bladder, crossed eyes, and severe neck spasms.[3]
  3. Botox is only for the rich and famous. The idea that cosmetic medicine is a luxury reserved for the rich and famous no longer holds clout. As Botox has become more acceptable and popular, this cosmetic injectable treatment has continued to evolve into a mainstream option for the everyday person. A nationwide survey found that the typical Botox patient is a married, working mother between 41-55 with a household income under $100,000.[4] The cost of Botox varies as the cost not only includes the price of the product, but more importantly, the skill and expertise of the specialist or healthcare professional who is administering your treatment.[5] While Botox is not cheap, it can cost less or the same as regular, high-quality facials and topical anti-aging creams.
  4. Topical skin treatments can do the same thing as Botox. The beauty and cosmetics market is supersaturated with fancy, high-tech sounding topical facial creams that tout their anti-aging, wrinkle reducing properties. While such creams may help improve your skin’s appearance, they are not an equal substitute for Botox and the implication that a topical cream can do as much as the neurotoxin Botox is wrong and misleading.[6] These creams only penetrate the upper layers of your skin, whereas the injectable Botox penetrates much deeper to treat the layers of the skin and muscle where wrinkles originate.

For the most favorable Botox results with the least chance of side effects or unsatisfactory results, educate yourself about Botox, be able to separate Botox facts from fiction, and then research and select a highly qualified, experienced Botox injector, ideally someone who is board certified in dermatology or facial plastic surgery.

Are you ready to discuss Botox with the Fountain of Youth Plastic Surgery’s Dr. Harrell, a board certified plastic surgeon who is highly trained and experienced in providing patients with the best Botox injectable treatments possible? If you’re interested in Botox in Palm Harbor, FL and Tampa Bay, FL., schedule your consultation at Fountain of Youth Plastic Surgery by calling us toll-free at (800) 781-0818 or contacting us on our website here.

[1] https://www.botoxcosmetic.com/faq/what-is-it

[2] https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/press-releases/new-plastic-surgery-statistics-reveal-focus-on-face-and-fat

[3] http://time.com/4501839/botox-inection-wrinkles-migraine-depression/

[4] http://www.aserf.org/aserf-news/survey-reveals-injectable-procedures-are-mainstream-and-accepted-medical-aesthetic-treatment-options

[5] https://www.botoxcosmetic.com/faq/botox-cosmetic-cost – botox-average-cost

[6] http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/19/fashion/19Skin.html