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Myths and Facts About Botox® Everyone Should Know

Botox® is among the most popular cosmetic treatments available for combating the signs of aging and benefits don’t end there. Botox offers medical benefits as well. Despite its successful application in cosmetics and medicine, misinformation abounds. If you’re considering Botox for cosmetic or medical reasons, it’s important to get the facts. Here, we dispel common myths and help separate fact from fiction. 

At Allen Flood Dermatology located in Washington, DC, we provide Botox to patients who desire to shed years off their appearance without the need for surgery. Dr. Flood uses Botox with an artistic approach to give you beautiful, natural-looking results. 

Myth: Botox injections are painful

Botox (botulinum toxin) prevents nerves from sending signals to muscles. Dr. Flood injects a small amount of Botox using a thin needle. Most patients describe feeling only a slight pinch from the injections. 

Our skin care team is highly skilled with injectables and keeping you comfortable during your procedure is a top priority. The doctor may use a topical aesthetic designed specifically for Botox, to ensure your comfort. 

Fact: Botox minimizes new wrinkles

Aging, sun exposure, and the natural aging process all contribute to wrinkle formation. As collagen production declines, the skin loses elasticity, causing fine lines and wrinkles to become noticeable. Botox not only smoothens existing wrinkles but also prevents new wrinkles from forming. 

Maintenance treatment with Botox every few months in targeted areas of the face prevents wrinkle-causing muscles from moving, thus preventing new wrinkles from forming. Practicing preventative Botox is also economical because deep wrinkles are harder and more costly to treat. 

Myth: Botox will leave you expressionless

One of the most common misconceptions about Botox is that the results will give you an expressionless, “frozen” look. In the hands of a highly skilled medical aesthetic professional, you can expect to have smoother, more youthful skin that looks natural. 

Fact: Botox benefits extend beyond aesthetics

Botox blocks nerve signals to prevent muscles from contracting. This method of action is useful in conditions that benefit from relaxing muscles or blocking nerve signals. Dr. Flood uses Botox medically to treat conditions including: 

Speak with Dr. Flood for more information if you’re interested in the medical uses of Botox. 

Myth: Botox provides immediate results

Botox results aren’t instantaneous. The effects are gradual. You can expect to notice the results over the course of three to four days following treatment. Optimal results are apparent in about two weeks. Rest assured that the results are worth the wait and generally lasts three to four months. 

Fact: You can get Botox treatment during your lunch hour

Getting Botox treatment takes only a few minutes and requires no anesthesia. There’s no time-consuming preparation and zero downtime necessary. Dr. Flood can have you in and out of the office during your lunch hour. Immediately after the treatment, you can return to work, the gym, and your regular activities. Most patients experience no visible side effects so no one will even know you had a procedure done — unless you tell them.

The most common side effect is mild swelling, which can be minimized by applying an ice pack to the area and usually goes away within an hour. Although rare, bruising sometimes occurs but can easily be hidden by concealer.

When you’re ready for a minimally invasive way to get a radiant, youthful appearance, call our Washington, DC office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Flood, or book online on our site using our web form. 

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