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TOP 5 Myths in Facial Aesthetics

The aesthetic procedures that Body Aesthetics performs involves cutting-edge medical and scientific knowledge. There is still a lot of misinformation and harmful myths circulating out there that might impact a client’s decision about whether or not to get these treatments done.

These myths range from being harmless and mundane to dangerous and full of misinformation. At Body Aesthetics, we receive a lot of questions about these misconceptions, and we’d like to clear up some of those myths!

1. Botox and fillers are the same thing

This is a no-brainer for individuals who have done these treatments. But for the uninitiated, it’s a struggle to distinguish between Botox, Dysport, Jeuveau, Xeomin and other brands of injectables. Other than the fact that they’re injected, are non-toxic and are metabolized completely by the body, Botox and fillers are totally different products.

Long story short, Botox (and other neuromodulators) are made from the neurotoxin produced by a bacterium. Botox works by paralyzing the nerve junctions, temporarily immobilizing muscles and preventing the skin from wrinkling. When the underlying muscles are frozen, they relax, and the overlying skin smooths out. The dynamic wrinkles are gone.

The operative word is “dynamic,” which are a type of wrinkle that is created or deepened by making a repeated expression. The most popular treatment areas for Botox are the forehead, the 11s between the brows, and crow’s feet. Neurotoxin wrinkle relaxers can also be used for brow lifts, migraine, masseter reduction to shape the face, and to prevent underarm sweating. Expect results within 3-5 days and the full effects in 10-14 days.

On the other hand, the most popular dermal fillers like Juvederm (Ultra, Ultra Plus, and Voluma) and Restylane (Lyft, Defyne, Refyne, Silk) are made from hyaluronic acid (HA) which occurs naturally in the body. Fillers are injected to replace volume loss or to augment areas which are naturally “thin,” such as lips or the buttocks. Popular treatment areas include the cheeks, under eye area, temples, lips, chin, and nose.

Fillers are also used to plump up areas with wrinkles, such as marionette lines and smoker’s lips. It can diminish residual lines or passive lines that didn’t smoothen out with Botox.

In addition, fillers are used to diminish the appearance of atrophic (non-raised) acne scars. The upside is that results are immediately visible. The downside is fillers may not last as long as expected if you have a fast-acting metabolism.

Although Botox and fillers are not the same, they can be used together effectively to create a more youthful and refreshed look.

2. My stressful job caused my undereye bags

We get this quite a lot, possibly because stress doesn’t look good on our skin. To be honest, though, simply having a stressful job can’t cause dark circles, puffy eyes, or hollowness. Genetics and aging over time have a lot to do with whether or not you have undereye baggage. If you suffer from these issues, we have two effective treatments: tear trough fillers & Microneedling (with or without PRP). Using the right Filler transforms under eyes from looking tired to looking refreshed using Restylane Refyne

It seems a bit unnatural that thousands of microneedles to the face can create controlled punctures that induce collagen formation in the undereye area, but this is exactly what microneedling does!

The micro-wounds accelerate the healing process and as new cells are generated, the under eye area looks brighter when dullness and darkness are diminished. This should not be done at home because to be effective, the needles need to reach a certain depth, which is too painful without numbing. Getting one of the microneedling tools and using it at home will lead to ineffective, shallow abrasions that can get infected.

3. I’m over 50 and with one Botox or fillers treatment I can look like I’m 30 again

Regardless of what you might see on TV or read on the net about how these procedures are like drinking from the fountain of eternal youth, that’s not exactly true. We all age, and Botox and fillers can only turn back the clock – not nail it into place permanently. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen and elastin, fat descends, and bone resorbs. We need maintenance, and we have procedures for a liquid facelift or rejuvenation such as:

BotoxFillers\ chemical facials, Resurfacing, or microneedling

It is a fact that beauty is an investment, but the benefits far outweigh the expenses, especially when you want to look polished and youthful at work. Eating well, dealing with stress proactively, exercising moderately, relaxing, avoiding the sun, sleeping well, refraining from smoking, using medical-grade skincare and keeping regular appointments cuts down aesthetic costs significantly and ensures that you look great from month-to-month!

4. Men Don’t Need Botox!

This a MYTH!

Men who don’t want their facial wrinkles to appear prominent definitely need Botox. While that’s not all – Botox offers further solutions such as jaw reduction, migraine pain relief, and several other benefits for both men and women. There are prominent celebrities who have used Botox and look younger. Like Fottball Great Deon Sanders

5. BOTOX is Toxic

Botox is a purified protein derived from bacteria. In the right hands, and in the proper dose, Botox is very safe for injection. There are over 20 medical conditions treated with Botox. The FDA approves drugs and/or medical devices after they have undergone rigorous testing to prove their safety and efficacy. There are three Food and Drug Administration approved indications for cosmetic Botox. These are the injections of crow's feet, frown lines and transverse forehead lines. 

All prescribed medications have potential side effects. Potential side effects of a cosmetic Botox injection may include: bruising, pain at injection sites, headache and redness, and in rare circumstances, temporary facial weakness or drooping. Botox is safest in the hands of a qualified doctor and at the manufacturer recommended doses.

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