Botox® is the world’s most popular and proven non-surgical cosmetic treatment for good reason. It helps millions of people take years off their appearance with incredible ease. However, despite the fact that Botox is proven safe and highly effective, certain Botox misperceptions still persist.
Here’s a look at three common Botox myths we’d like to dispel for good:
You should always look for the cheapest price because Botox treatments are all the same. It doesn’t really matter who administers your treatment.
The truth: Botox treatments are NOT all equal. The skill of your provider can make or break your Botox results.
Anyone who has been administered Botox by a newly trained and nervous provider understands this truth all too well. Take for example, a patient we’ll call Jane, for privacy purposes. To save money, Jane went for the “bargain Botox” treatment with an inexperienced injector whose hands were noticeably shaking throughout the session. To make matters worse, every time the injector would withdraw the Botox needle from Jane’s skin, she would tap the injection site hard several times, applying painful pressure to the skin. No surprise to Jane, she bruised heavily after that Botox session and vowed to never go to an inexperienced provider again.
The experience of your injector can make all the difference. An experienced injector understands the units needed and the precise areas where you need treatment, and also possesses the finesse and skill to deftly administer your treatments to minimize side effects. Keep in mind that even among the most experienced and trained injectors, Botox may require a follow-up treatment to achieve your best and most balanced results.
You don’t need a consultation.
We hate to say it, but Botox regulars are guilty of perpetuating this myth. We get it because we are Botox regulars, too. By the time you have been undergoing Botox treatments routinely with the same injector for a while, the two of you have developed a wonderful rapport and quite an efficient system for maintaining your results. However, Botox regulars still need check-ins/consultations, however brief.
The truth: Whatever you want to call it, whether it’s a “check-in” or consultation, every injectable patient should expect to undergo a careful consultation with their provider prior to and possibly after receiving their treatment. This is for several reasons: 1) Your facial contours are constantly changing as you age; what you needed last year is probably not going to cut it this year; 2) Administering Botox is an art. Botox is a liquid. It can shift to an undesirable location and take time to fully settle and take effect. Consultations and follow-ups ensure that you are getting the highest quality results possible.
Botox builds up in your system.
Botox lasts about three to four months, depending on your body’s unique response to treatment. Many clients can space their Botox treatments as far as six months apart, depending on their unique regimen.
The truth: Though Botox doesn’t build up in your system, your body can build up a tolerance to Botox. We mitigate this problem by avoiding too-frequent Botox treatments. Some less experienced injectors may recommend injecting small doses of Botox every two to three months to maintain results, but this approach only works to boost the body’s tolerance faster, so you end up requiring more and more Botox to get the same effect. Spacing out Botox treatments helps your body avoid tolerance. It also helps you save money in the long run!
Are you ready to receive Botox with a master-level injector? Call us at (415) 887-8718 or request a consultation online before our schedule fills up!
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