Botox is a treatment that has been around for many years, and still remains popular with people of all ages today. It is used to reduce the amount of lines and wrinkles on the face, leaving a smoother complexion. People use Botox to help them regain a more youthful appearance.

As a cosmetic skin clinic in the UK, we specialise in a wide range of treatments, including Botox. As experts in this area, we find the constant rumours surrounding the subject of Botox puzzling and frustrating.

That is why we have put together this helpful guide – separating the real facts from the fiction.

Stroking face skin

Botox injections are very painful (Fiction)

A lot of people are under the assumption that having Botox injections is extremely painful, and therefore it’s not for them.

Whilst anything involving needles isn’t going to be totally pain free, it isn’t the severe pain that the horror stories claim. Light bruising may appear, but there shouldn’t be much pain.

In fact, many people compare getting Botox to feeling like getting a mosquito bite.

You have to remember that people have different pain thresholds, and therefore what one person experiences could be different for the next person.

You will lose your facial expressions (Fiction)

Lots of people claim that Botox will make you lose your facial expressions and leave your face unmoving. This is because it allegedly paralyzes some of the muscles that are responsible for causing the wrinkles.

This isn’t true – the procedure aims to enhance your expressions rather than lose them. All Botox does is relax the muscles at the injection point.

If you have it done by a qualified physician, you shouldn’t suffer from any loss of expression.


Having Botox is dangerous (Fiction)

People have been getting Botox for over 20 years, and therefore it has a long established history of being safe.

Approval for cosmetic uses of Botox came in 2002, and since then millions of people have used Botox safely and effectively. In fact, there has been no sign of any long-term side effects.

Botox can work for a number of conditions (Fact)

The majority of people are under the impression that Botox is only for people who want to get rid of wrinkles on their face. This is something that is simply not true, as it has been approved for a number of different medical conditions. In fact, it was originally developed as a treatment for neurological disorders (as opposed to cosmetic use).

Some of the medical conditions it is used for include:

  • Eyelid muscle spasms
  • Repeat migraines
  • Overactive bladder
  • Strabismus
  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Joint pain

As you can see, there are a lot of myths surrounding this type of treatment. We hope that this post has helped answer some of your questions about Botox, and put your mind at ease.

Here at Aesthetic Skin Clinic, we aim to make you feel as comfortable in your own skin as possible. We do this by providing a range of beauty treatments that leave your skin feeling and looking a lot better. If you have any questions about anything we offer, or you want to book an appointment, please get in touch. You can give us a call on 01481 736699 and a member of our staff will be happy to help.