Fear is a normal and common human emotion. We are all born with it and is meant to keep us safe from danger. Social phobias, agoraphobia, and acrophobia are just some examples of what people fear.
The biggest obstacle to why people hesitate in getting Botulinum Toxins is the fear of uncertainty that comes along with it.
Everyone’s skin is different and one person might react differently to another person using the same product. In today’s Skin 101 Insider article, we will be going over 5 common fears of Botulinum Toxins and how to overcome them.
Note: Botox is a cosmetic brand of botulinum toxin, a susbtance that can relax muscles commonly used to improve wrinkles and lines and for face slimming. Other popular brands on the market include Xeomin, and Dysport.
Fear of Pain
Botulinum Toxin injection is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure. The needle to inject Botulinum Toxins is very small and you would only feel a tiny prick.
Fear of Bad Results
Over the years, there have been many stories on how Botulinum Toxins has “ruined” someone’s face. People often fail to realize that the reason that these sort of cases happen is due to how the injection was done, rather than Botulinum Toxins itself. Always do your homework and research WHO is going to be performing the injection before taking the step to get Botulinum Toxins.
There’s another popular myth that claims your wrinkles will get worse if you stop using Botulinum Toxins. This is absolutely false as Botulinum Toxins don’t work this way. Once people stop Botulinum Toxins, their wrinkles will naturally come back because they have aged since they started the injection, the wrinkles may look different from when they first started. But it’s not Botulinum Toxins’ fault.
Fear of Side Effects
Injected areas might experience some redness and small bumps or bruise which will typically go away in a few days. Since injecting in one area of the face will relax its muscles, it might unintentionally affect a surrounding area of the face by making one part droop down or asymmetry to the face.
Going back to #2, make sure the person who is injecting Botulinum Toxins into you is qualified and experienced. It is usually the case of bad technique that will land you in more serious side effects, not the product itself.
Fear of Price
Botulinum Toxins cost around $10 per unit. People usually use 10-75 units depending on the treated area and brand. Botulinum Toxins also only last between 4-6 months before the effects start fading away. This could amount to an annual expense if you want to maintain your face wrinkle-free.
Just know that at any point in time once it resolves, you don’t have to keep injecting if money is an issue. There is no shame in having some wrinkles here and there. It adds character to your face!
Fear of Judgement
Everyone will have an opinion on something. Do not let others define who you are. If feeling the need to take care of your skin will make you feel and look good, why not? Also, using Botulinum Toxins does not mean you will look “frozen” or “plastic”. Your face will just look more rested and relaxed, if your procedure is done properly.
Botulinum Toxin injections can be provided by licensed practitioners only, Patients should be aware of all the potential risks and benefits of the procedure before obtaining treatment.
(The information you find on this page is intended for general purposes only and is not intended to nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice relative to your specific medical condition or question. The information on this page is not a guide to treatment and it should not replace seeking medical advice from your physician.)