Since its FDA approval in 2000, Botox injections for women and men have become the most popular and most often requested type of cosmetic procedure. Anyone that is looking to eliminate those unattractive frown lines or deep wrinkles has been turning to Botox for nearly two decades for a quick and easy solution.

Botox doesn’t only benefit those who are trying to regain a bit of youth and look their best. It is also used in several non-cosmetic ways such as the treatment of excessive sweating and migraines.

Although millions of men and women have benefitted from Botox injections, there still remains a lot of misinformation about the treatments that can be confusing and worrisome. If you are looking for Botox that looks natural but you are nervous about committing to the process, we are going to do some myth-busting on your behalf.

Myth #1 – Botox is Botulism

This is the most common misconception regarding Botox injection treatments. The Botox serum is derived from a purified active protein that is contained in the Botulinum toxin. After extensive testing, the FDA has ruled it to be completely safe for cosmetic use in humans. Like many other medications that are found in other toxins, it has many benefits that are completely safe. As long as you are having your injections administered by a professional technician, Botox is a safe way to regain a youthful appearance.

Myth #2 – Botox injections are painful

The needles that are used in the Botox procedure are extremely fine and small, making the discomfort minimal. Most patients report that after using a numbing agent on the area, the injections only feel like a small pinch. Hydration is the key to comfort during the process, so make sure to drink plenty of clear fluids before your treatment.

Myth #3 – My face will look frozen

If Botox is administered properly you will not have any sort of “frozen” look to your skin. The treatment of targeted areas is designed to relax certain muscle groups to help eliminate the appearance of lines and problem areas on your face. Patients that have had Botox treatments and have a “frozen” looking appearance have more than likely received too much serum during their treatments or have had other procedures done as well.

Myth #4 – Botox is expensive

There are many factors that contribute to the overall cost of Botox treatments. The size and location of your treatments will determine your base pricing. The number of injections that you require will also be a factor. On average, one unit of serum costs around $15 and for a full facial treatment you can be looking at up to 30 units for the best results.

Myth #5 – Botox only treats wrinkles

Botox is more commonly used for cosmetic improvements to the skin, eliminating fine lines as well as deeper crevices in your face. However, Botox has also been proven to be very effective in fighting migraines, and has been used to treat chronic sweating.