There is no specific age for starting botox. After the age of 18, it can be started depending on the cosmetic need of the skin. Botox has benefits like reducing of fine lines and wrinkles, among others. However, it has received a bad rep due to a lack of awareness. Here, we bust myths associated with botox treatment.
Myth: Botox is toxic and unsafe
Fact: Botox is safe for cosmetic use. It has been FDA-approved as an anti-ageing treatment. It is one of the most widely administered drugs on the market today.
Myth: Botox injections are painful
Fact: Botox injections are not that painful. However, needles may cause mild discomfort. Numbing cream is also used and aftercare instructions are provided.
Myth: Wrinkles worsen if you stop getting botox
Fact: Botox isn’t a permanent solution to wrinkles. Once the effects of botox fade away, you will start to regain facial movement in the muscles before your next treatment. Gradually, the fine lines and wrinkles will return if you stop the treatment altogether. Hence, it’s possible you may never want to stop. However, if you choose to do so there wouldn’t be permanent damage. The reduced movement of the treated muscled prevents wrinkles from reforming.
Myth: Botox equals ‘frozen’ look
Fact: When injected by a skilled
professional, botox should never make you look frozen or emotionless. The right amount of botox will not cause your face to look tight. Instead, your skin will appear softer and wrinkle-free.
Myth: Facial creams and serums yield same results
Fact: No skin cream or serum can
relax muscles. Only botox can do that. Creams and serums can only penetrate through a certain level of the skin’s dermis. However, when used along with botox certain creams and serums can enhance results and makes the effects of botox last longer.
Tips for beginners
Visit a certified physician. Don’t get it done from salons or non-professionals
Ask them you show you the before and after results of the botox. Proceed only if it makes you happy
Meet them first. Invest time in finding someone you’d like to work with
Don’t go overboard; less is more
You can fix bad botox, but it involves injecting more of it
Preventative botox is controversial, but works
Think of botox as a way to retrain your facial muscles
Make sure your skincare works in your favour
Insist on using FDA-approved product
Don't use cheap ones to save money
(Dr Usha Beloskar is the Medical Director, Sskin Savvy Advanced Aesthetics)