BOTOX Cosmetic-- How much do you know about the world’s most well known muscle relaxant?
Introduced in 2002, BOTOX Cosmetic was the first FDA approved botulinum toxin to be used to temporarily improve the appearance of moderate to severe glabellar lines between the eyebrows (also called the 11s/111s because of how those lines look on the face). Since then, approximately 11.8 BOTOX Cosmetic procedures have been performed in the US on millions of satisfied customers.
BOTOX Cosmetic is most likely the most referenced cosmetic rejuvenation procedure in movies, TV, magazines, and other media, but how much do you really know about Botox?
MYTH: BOTOX was created for those lines between the eyebrows, so that is all that it can be used for.
TRUTH: BOTOX now has a variety of applications! Since 2002, the formula has been continually improved and updated to allow for more usage options including crow’s feet, lines around the mouth, a gummy smile, turned down mouth, pebbly chin and “bunny lines” by the nose.
MYTH: If I get BOTOX, I won’t be able to smile anymore. My face will be frozen and I’ll have big fish lips.
TRUTH: If done by a properly trained physician or PA, your face will still show emotions and you won’t have a frozen Barbie face. Dr. Beverly and Alisa have both been well trained in proper BOTOX injection procedures and have been performing this procedure since the early days. At our office, we will discuss with you how much BOTOX your area of concern may need to relax those lines while still appearing natural.
MYTH: BOTOX costs thousands of dollars per treatment. It is too expensive!
TRUTH: The cost of your BOTOX procedure is based on how many units the area(s) to be treated require to relax the muscle and ease those wrinkles. At our office, we offer BOTOX at $10 per unit. A typical procedure uses 10-60 units (about $100-600), depending on the area and the number of areas treated. Botox lasts for up to 4 months, often longer with prolonged use.
MYTH: Botox is just for women
TRUTH: Botox is NOT just for women. Though still a minority, the number of men using Botox, sometimes referred to as "Brotox," has increased by about 10% from a year ago, and over 258% since 2000. The stigma of Botox being "feminine" is fading as more men want to maintain a youthful appearance, especially in the highly competitive job market of today.
Hopefully our myth-busting adventure has shed some light on some popular pre-conceived notions about BOTOX Cosmetic! Feel free to discuss any other concerns or questions you may have about this procedure when you come into our office for your consultation.