9 Botox Myths and 9 Truths

9 Botox Myths and 9 Truths

We’ve all heard of the mighty Botox, that’s a fact. Nonetheless, there are a lot of stigmas when it comes to it, and even more myths and misconceptions. 

We will say it right away – aging is normal, and so are fine lines and wrinkles. Even so, both men and women, but the fairer sex especially (thank you unattainable beauty standards and photoshop) find it scary. And that is perfectly ok, too. This is where Botox comes to the rescue – it is one of the most popular and efficient medical facial treatments when it comes to the battle with wrinkles (and many other things, but we will discuss that later).

We’ve talked about 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Botox, so feel free to be amazed and check it out here. 

If you’ve ever googled “Botox near me Ottawa” or “Botox Ottawa” then this blog is perfect for you. Now, let’s debunk some myths, tell the truth and separate facts from fiction.

1. Botox Myth: It Is Toxic 

When people hear that Botox is actually Botulinum Toxin, meaning it is extracted from the bacteria that causes botulism, the first thought that comes to mind – oh, it must be toxic then.

Botulinum Toxin is a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and related species. It prevents the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from axon endings at the neuromuscular junction, thus causing flaccid paralysis. The toxin causes the disease botulism.”

What Is The Truth?

You can’t get botulism from Botox, because its use is really carefully regulated, so let’s get this out of the way right away. 

It was actually FDA approved back in 2002- and a couple of millions of Botox injections are performed every year. When done correctly, in the hands of a specialist, it is considered to be really safe. 

2. Botox Myth: It Is Painful

This is the most common myth out there and the most common fear. It is no wonder because you see a needle, so the conclusion is – Botox treatments must hurt. We get that, nobody likes needles.

What Is The Truth?

Luckily, when it comes to Botox injection, the popular saying “Beauty is pain” is not relevant.

The main job that Botox has is to prevent nerves from sending signals to the facial muscles, and unfortunately, we need needles to do so. However, the needles are really thin and your chosen doctor can even apply topical anesthetic to the area. Most people describe the treatment as slightly uncomfortable, like a small pinch.

3. Botox Myth: It Is Good Only For Frown Lines and Wrinkles

This misconception is not really that surprising – people just don’t know a lot about Botox, and truth be told, treating wrinkles is its’ main feature. So, it’s no wonder that the general knowledge about Botox stops at forehead wrinkles.

What Is The Truth?

Nevertheless, this is far from the truth. Botox is actually great for many other things:

  • If applied correctly, it is great for face sculpting (get that jawline you always wanted)
  • Say goodbye to neck spasms (yes, really!)
  • In the battle with crow’s feet, Botox is the winner
  • Build back your confidence by getting rid of excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
  • Helps with a lazy eye, so it’s safe to say that Botox is an eye-opening experience (get it?)
  • Great for treating migraine headaches and believe it or not, anxiety

4. Botox Myth: I can get addicted to it

Thanks to the word “toxin” in it, there is a fear that you will get addicted to Botox. Also, thanks to those people who don’t know when to stop getting the treatment.

What Is The Truth?

You can’t get addicted to it, because none of the ingredients in Botox cause addiction.

On the other hand, you can get dependent on it, which looks the same as addiction to those around us. You have to be careful when using any cosmetic treatment because it can be slip and slide into cosmetic dependence. So, talk to your doctor, friends, and family, and take pictures of before and after, so you won’t be tempted to take it over the line.

5. Botox Myth: Once I Stop, It Will Be Worse

This myth is somewhat connected to the previous one – “I have to keep using it more and more because if I stop, it will look awful”. This could not be further from the truth.

What Is The Truth?

Botox doesn’t have a long-term effect (it lasts between three and twelve months, depending on the area), but when you get Botox in the same place over and over, there is less of a need to re-apply it to that relaxed muscle. So, on the contrary, your face may only look better than before.

6. Botox Myth: My Face Will Get Frozen

Thanks to many MANY celebrities that don’t know when to stop with Botox, we normal people have a genuine fear of “Botox Face”. You know, that constant look of surprise, saying “That’s so funny” instead of laughing, or the skydiving facial expression.

When you are constantly getting scared with those kinds of pictures and stories, no wonder that this Botox face fear exists. 

What Is The Truth?

With Botox, your muscles relax, they don’t freeze. In the hands of a skilled professional, your face won’t look frozen, just smoother and more refreshed.

In order to get the best results, the important thing is to consult with your chosen doctor, go on consultation and communicate your needs and goals, because hey maybe you do want to look surprised all the time.

7. Botox Myth: I’m Too Young/Old For It

If you are a healthy individual between 18 and 65 years old, you are neither too young nor too old.

What Is The Truth?

There isn’t a right age to start with Botox treatments, because it all depends on you – your skin condition, the reason why you are using it, and your goals.

Yes, it’s better for the overall result to start early – a “better safe than sorry” logic. It is always easier to prevent wrinkles from ever appearing than to treat them once they get settled into your face. But, even if you made a decision to try Botox for the first time well in your 60s, that is great too. 

8. Botox Myth: Severe Side Effects

Yes, Botox has a long list of possible side effects (so do pain killers), however, they are usually mild or non-existent.

What Is The Truth?

Side effects can be:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Swelling, itching and bruising 
  • Headache
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Cough and sore throat
  • Dizziness and nausea

All of them are usually mild and go away quickly.

However, there are some side effects that require medical attention, especially if they don’t go away after a couple of days, weeks even:

  • Problems with vision
  • Problems with speaking and swallowing
  • Having a hard time breathing

9. Botox Myth: The Results Are Visible Right Away

If you think that you will get Botox and leave the doctor’s office with a brand new face, we have some bad news for you. 

What Is The Truth?

Botox takes time, the results are gradual. You will see the changes on your face in a couple of days when the muscles start to relax. But the best results will be visible in about two weeks. Just like Rome, a smooth wrinkle-free face wasn’t built in a day. So, have patience.


There you have it, myths and misconceptions surrounding this great procedure finally debunked. We know that in this day and age when there is too much information out there, it can be challenging to decipher which ones are true. 

Our team here at the Ottawa Vein & Cosmetic Medical Clinic would be more than happy to answer all of your questions and guide to through this process, so feel free to contact us, we’re here for you.

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