6 Common Misconception About Botox Debunked

Cindy Crawford, Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Katy Perry….

This is a short collection of a perennial list of celebrities who have undertaken the botox treatment and have openly talked about its benefits to the public. Botox treatment has indeed become quite common, and thousands of celebrities and common people are frequently getting botox procedures.


In spite of this, many people are still skeptical about its benefits and side effects and shy away from undergoing this procedure even though it can totally change their skin positively. A lot of myths are floating around the internet regarding the ill effects of botox which are not only false but also sometimes really bizarre.


In this post, we pick the top 6 myths about botox and debunk them with reasons and facts.


Myth 1: Botox will Freeze your Face

We will start with the most absurd but pretty common one. The logic behind the rapid propagation of this myth is quite simple – many television series and movies promote it predominantly for comical relief.


Here’s what really happens –


If too much botox is injected into the skin, it might result in a somewhat expressionless face or the so-called frozen face look. Even this might happen only in the rarest of cases, that too if treated by a relatively inexperienced practitioner.


Consulting an experienced doctor and getting the procedure done from them would ensure that the right amount of botox is being used in the right places for the treatment.

Myth 2: Botox is only used to improve looks

Botox as a treatment was first approved by the FDA in 1989. At that time, Botox was used to treat a large variety of medical conditions. However, botox got worldwide recognition only after it was used in the prevention and elimination of facial wrinkles. Its popularity surged even further after people from the entertainment industry started adopting it. However, unknown to many, it is still widely being used for treating different conditions like excessive sweating, chronic migraine, overactive bladder, lazy eye, and neck spasms.

Myth 3: Botox causes botulism

Botox injections have been administered by doctors to treat various conditions for over 20 years now. There are thousands of patients across the world who are currently getting botox treatment as you are reading this sentence. It has been repeatedly tested on different people and has been approved as a totally safe procedure.


This myth stems from the fact that the protein used in Botox is produced from a bacterial toxin called Clostridium Botulinum. This is the same element that causes botulism in human beings. However, botulism is never caused due to botox injection, primarily because the injected botox will not travel throughout the body. It will stay at the site of injection.

Myth 4: Botox treatment is addictive

This is another myth that was popularized by the movies. Movies have often stereotyped the fact that an individual would get addicted to botox and would undergo the treatment until they reach the so-called frozen state.


However, scientifically there are no addictive elements in the botox solution. It is impossible for anyone to medically get addicted to the botox treatment. However, remember that Botox is a very effective treatment to regain youthful looks. So there are high chances that people may be pleased with the procedure and undergo it multiple times.

Myth 5: Botox is a permanent and painful procedure

Botox is not a permanent procedure. Though highly promising results are produced, it lasts only for about four to six months. This also means if someone is unhappy with their first procedure they can stop the treatment and wait for their skin to go back to its original condition and try a more experienced doctor.


When it comes to pain, some of it is inevitable as the botox procedure involves needles. However, in no way is it a very painful procedure as the needles used in the botox treatment are quite small (smaller than the usual ones you get injected with). Most patients report minor levels of pain. However, at Renu’s clinic, we totally understand that the pain tolerance levels vary for different persons. So we usually apply a topical anesthetic cream to numb the area to eliminate the chances of even the remotest of pains.

Myth 6: Botox treatment has a long recovery time and excessive redness, swelling, and bruising

The side effects of botox vary for individual patients. However, these side effects are temporary and mild. It is also pretty common for many to have swollen and pink skin after treatment – this usually subsides in 10 to 20 minutes. Since the botox involves injections, there are chances of bruising. We suggest our patients stop taking aspirin and blood thinners a few days before the treatment to avoid bruising.


The recovery time for botox treatment is considerably low. Most patients can get back to their daily life immediately after the treatment. However, it is recommended that you do not touch the skin as it might transfer the botox to a different place. Also, stay away from direct sunlight for a few hours after the treatment and avoid heavy workouts for 1-2 days

Wrapping Up

Botox has become the ‘celebrity of cosmetic procedures’. This is not only because it is hugely popular among celebrities, but also because the treatment is very effective and the side effects are also minimal.


However, to multiply the positive effects of your botox treatment, you need to choose the right cosmetic surgeon. If you wish to get the best botox treatment in Bengaluru, then Dr. Renu’s clinic is the place to go. She has over ten years of experience in botox treatments.


To book an appointment for Botox with Dr. Renu, click here.

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