Summary: Botox is incredibly popular, but also often misunderstood. Often mischaracterized as a dermal filler, Botox actually works by relaxing muscle groups, which then makes it harder for your face to form wrinkles. These treatments are usually very specifically targeted, so it’s actually pretty difficult to get too much Botox. It’s quick, it’s easy, and you can talk to your cosmetic surgeon about it today.

Let’s Clear Up Some Things

It seems like Botox is everywhere. You’ve probably come across articles like this before. In fact, this may not even be the first time we’ve taken some space to clear up information about Botox. But Botox is easily one of the most popular—and one of the most misunderstood—products on the cosmetic market today. There are all kinds of myths and misinformation regarding what Botox does and doesn’t do, so it’s worth taking a periodical breath to clear up some things.

The first basic misconception is that Botox is a type of dermal filler, along the lines of Juvederm or Radiesse. Liquid dermal fillers essentially work by filling volume in the face to eliminate wrinkles. Think of your face like a balloon. Obviously, the balloon is much smoother when it’s full of air than when it’s deflated. Dermal fillers work by inflating your balloon. And Botox is nothing like that.

Rather, Botox works by interfering with the signals sent to contract your facial muscles. Derived from—but in no other way similar to—botulinum toxin, Botox is a neuromodulator. Essentially, it paralyzes some of your deep facial muscles, causing them to relax and, therefore, eliminate wrinkles.

The fear that many patients have is that their faces will be frozen and that their facial expressions will be muted. Unless there’s a particularly strong treatment—some might say, an overtreatment—this generally doesn’t happen. For example, at Carillon Clinic, a Minneapolis cosmetic surgery and medical spa center, technicians work closely with patients while administering the procedure. They target specific sites and inject only enough Botox to eliminate wrinkles at the desired site.

Get Your Feet Wet

Botox may not be right for everyone. But it’s a low risk proposal, because if you don’t like it, you just have to wait 3-4 months for the effects to go away. Compare that to something such as a face lift, the results of which will last for decades. If you like your Botox results, you can continue with the treatments, which do need to be updated three or four times a year.

The nice thing is that, even with those updates, Botox procedures tend to be some of the shortest procedures administered by cosmetic surgeons. It’s probably wise to give it an afternoon at first, but after you’re an old pro at Botox injections, the cliché about getting Botox over your lunch hour could actually become true.

There’s a lot of information about Botox out there, some of it good, a lot of it inaccurate. The best source of information is going to be your cosmetic surgeon. During consultation, you and your doctor will decide on the best course of action to achieve a more youthful looking face with glowing, younger-looking skin. If Botox is something you’re interested in, you should contact a cosmetic surgeon today.

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