As this Aesthetics sector gains more and more traction, it can be necessary to expand our knowledge about injectables. Dr Claire Oliver (GDC) Medical Director of multi-award-winning Air Aesthetics & Wellness Clinics debunks the top 12 myths about injectables.
1. Anti-wrinkle such as Botox and Fillers work the same way.
No, Botox (a brand of anti-wrinkle injection) and dermal fillers work differently and treat different concerns. Anti-wrinkle injections (Botox, Bocouture, Dysport) are muscle relaxants. Dermal fillers restore volume and hydration.
2. Anti-wrinkle such as Botox and fillers can remove movement and emotion from the face.
The dosage is individualised to the client. I tailor the amount of anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers to allow natural expression in addition to refreshing the face.
3. Antri-wrinkle such as Botox is addictive.
Cosmetic injections are not physiologically addictive; however, people may like the result so much that they work it into their grooming budget.
4. Injectables are painful.
Everybody has a different pain threshold. Typically, a cold stick is sufficient to take away any discomfort from an anti-wrinkle treatment.
When a client is having dermal fillers, we apply a pharmaceutical-grade topical numbing cream prior to the treatment. The product itself also has an in-built numbing agent, Lidocaine, to help alleviate any tenderness through the procedure. This also helps clients relax.
5. It is easy to tell who has had injectables.
Ideally, no one should suspect you have had cosmetic injections. The goal is to look like you are well-rested and rejuvenated.
6. Botox is expensive.
Depending on the level of your dosage and what product is used (Botox or Dysport), prices will vary.
7. All types of injectables are the same.
Air Aesthetics Clinics work with FDA-approved brands of anti-wrinkle injections and facial fillers so you can be confident of their safety and efficacy. It is essential for a qualified medical professional with aesthetic experience to administer the treatment in a clinical environment.
8. Facial Fillers require downtime.
There can be some downtime with cosmetic injections; however, they tend to be mild and transient.
9. If I stay out of the sun my botox will last longer.
No, the environment will have no impact on the effects of your treatment. Neither is there evidence-based research to suggest if you exercise regularly or aggressively to show they will not last.
10. The effects of anti-wrinkle such as Botox are permanent.
Anti-wrinkle treatments typically last 3-4 months depending on the muscles injected and the dose. As every client is different, I will create an individualised tailored plan to maintain a refreshed appearance. This may include incorporating dermal filler to achieve the desired aesthetic goal.