2018-06-07

10 BOTOX® myths debunked

The truth about BOTOX®

If you’re concerned about the signs of ageing you may have considered BOTOX® injections to smooth out your lines and wrinkles. Despite last year marking the 15th anniversary since BOTOX® was first introduced, there are still many common misconceptions about the product, how it is used and who can administer it.

1. BOTOX® is the same as fillers

False: BOTOX® injections work by blocking the nerve impulses to the muscles so they relax and can’t contract which causes lines and wrinkles to soften. Whereas if you’ve noticed that your lines and wrinkles are quite deep or sunken cheeks are making your face look tired, dermal fillers could help to restore a more youthful look. They can be used for plumping parts of the face that have lost volume due to the ageing process or skin damage.

2. BOTOX® has immediate effects

False: It takes a little while for your muscles to relax completely, so the results are not immediate. You’ll see the difference between five days to two weeks after your treatment.

3. BOTOX® is permanent

False: Line and wrinkle treatments can be very effective and last up to four months, depending on the patient. After your initial treatment, the effects of future treatments should last longer as your muscles are already trained to relax. If you're looking to maintain a youthful and rejuvenated appearance, a top-up treatment is usually recommended every four months.

4. Anyone can administer BOTOX®

False: Although BOTOX®, fillers and other injectables are becoming easier and easier to come by at beauty salons and in other non-clinical environments, it is important to remember that BOTOX® should only ever legally be administered by registered practitioners. Here at Transform, we guarantee that your treatment will be carried out by qualified and experienced professionals in a clinical environment, all our injectable treatments will only be carried out by fully qualified cosmetic doctors and nurse practitioners.

5. You can have BOTOX® done on your lunch break

True: It’s true! Depending on how many areas you are treating, on average it takes around 30 minutes. You’ll be able to leave the clinic as soon as your treatment has been completed, and you should be fine to go about your normal day-to-day activities. You’ll just need to avoid tilting your head forwards for a while and avoid exercise for the next 24 hours. If you experience discomfort in your face, you can take painkillers to ease the discomfort.

6. BOTOX® is only for women 

False: Lines and wrinkles may be a natural part of ageing, but you don’t have to live with them. In fact, wrinkle treatments for men are growing in popularity year after year. When administered by our professional doctors and nurses, treatments such as Botox® can smooth the appearance of your skin and leave you looking – and feeling – better than ever.

7. BOTOX® is just for treating lines and wrinkles

False: Although most commonly known as an anti-ageing solution for smoothing out lines and wrinkles by relaxing the facial muscles, it is also FDA approved for the reduction of sweating in the underarms. Read more about our hyperhidrosis treatments where we use BOTOX® for excessive sweating.

8. BOTOX® is expensive and only for the rich

False: Our line and wrinkle treatments start from £199 for one area. We have a number of different ways to pay and flexible payments options, read our guide to financing your non-surgical treatments. We also have offers available on treatments of two or three areas. 

9. BOTOX® is a painful treatment

False: A numbing cream is applied to the areas where you will be injected. Once it’s taken effect, your practitioner will use a very fine needle to carefully complete the series of small injections. This usually takes about 30 minutes in total and, although it may be a little uncomfortable, it shouldn’t hurt.

10. There are different types of BOTOX®

False: When it comes to quality, not all aesthetic injectables are the same. At Transform, we work closely with industry leading supplier Allergan and only ever use 100% genuine BOTOX®. Only clinically approved and regulated products will be used in our non-surgical treatments. Our promise to you is that our nurse practitioners and doctors will only ever use the highest quality, FDA approved injectables. By using premium brands, we’re able to provide you with the very best, long-lasting results.

From your first contact with Transform, we want you to feel comfortable that you’ve come to the right place. We’re dedicated to providing exceptional care and we’re proud to say that so many of our patients agree. More than 95% rate their Transform experience as good or excellent and we receive enquiries from 15,000 people each year on the recommendation of family and friends.

Our team guides thousands of men and women each year through their line and wrinkle smoothing journey with BOTOX®. Get in touch and start your journey today.

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