We asked an expert to debunk common myths about preventative Botox
“Once you get Botox you’ll never stop.”
“If you get Botox you’ll be stuck with the same expression 24/7!”
With cosmetic procedures like Botox and fillers on the rise, it’s time to debunk some popular myths and misconceptions about the trend.
Dr. Monam of Dr. Monam’s Clinic, a high-end cosmetic procedure clinic in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour, is one of the top injectors in North America. She discovered her passion for dermatology while completing her residency at St Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, and now currently holds a certificate from the European College of Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery.
We asked Dr Monam the most common questions about getting preventative Botox and fillers, as well as the difference between the two treatments.
What should I know before getting Botox for the first time?
You should always get a consultation first and get injected later. It should be known that Botox is not a lifelong commitment, and it can prolong your overall anti-aging process. The idea that Botox is addictive and you must continue to do it for the rest of your life is a myth, and there are no indications of negative side effects.
What do preventative Botox and fillers do?
It depends on what you’re trying to prevent. If you are receiving it for wrinkle treatment, then by relaxing the muscle and limiting movement, you will prevent wrinkles from forming — all the while making you look more awake and refreshed.
Fillers, on the other hand, work instantly to make you look younger while adding volume, lifting everything back up in a conservative and subtle way.
What is the difference between preventative Botox and fillers?
Firstly — the cause of aging should be diagnosed to address the reasons for aging and to find something that isn’t just a quick-fix. If your concern is due to muscle issues (movement and development), Botox makes more sense because it treats the muscle. However, filler will achieve the desired result if the concern is due to bone or volume loss. That is why it’s important to get a consultation prior to any injections!
How long do Botox and fillers last for?
Depending on the patient as well as the number of units used, Botox can last anywhere between 3 to 4 months for women. For men, stronger muscles mean less longevity when it comes to Botox and fillers, so expect 2 to 3 months between appointments. As for fillers, depending on the patient and the type of filler used, it can last up to two years.
Are there any other benefits to getting Botox?
Definitely! Botox can solve issues such as excess sweating, flushing, acne, teeth grinding and jaw clenching, and even migraines. It really depends on what you’re suffering from.
If you have any questions or would like any further information about the treatments Dr Monam offers — or to book a consultation, visit the clinic’s website.
Dr Monam’s Clinic
Address: 1483 West Pender Street
- Monday to Friday: 9:30 am — 5:30 pm
- Saturday & Sunday: closed