In a bathroom somewhere, a woman is stroking her jawline, hoping to remind her skin where it used to sit. Another is trying to follow the directions—in French—of a new facial-massage technique. And in that special place where desperation meets magical thinking, another is actually considering a face bra. When women confront the force that holds the moon in the earth’s orbit, is it any wonder we fall for gimmicks and hype?
There’s no denying that more and more people are getting cosmetic injections—botulinum toxin injections alone (Botox, Dysport) increased a whopping 759 percent between 2000 and 2015. But despite their growing popularity, there’s still a lot of contradictory information surrounding these beauty shots. “Everyone knows about injectables, but lots of people come in with preconceived notions,” says New York City dermatologist Paul Jarrod Frank. To help clear up the confusion, here’s the real deal on what’s true and what’s an urban (beauty) legend.