From the FX sitcom Nip/Tuck to the not-so-realistic reality show Extreme Makeover, television fuels misconceptions about plastic surgery and cosmetic injectables. You’ve heard of products like BOTOX® Cosmetic, Juvederm™ or Restylane®, but how much do you really know?
At ACPS, we want our patients to be confident that their safety is our first priority. So, with the help of our Nurse Practitioner, Renee Arriaga, we hope to dispel some common myths about cosmetic injectables.
Myth: Injectables are chemical based and highly toxic
Most people think cosmetic injections are dangerous or unhealthy because it means putting something foreign in their body, but that is not true. Fillers are purified proteins derived from biologics just like a vaccine, as opposed to a conventional drug that is formed from a chemical compound. So, it’s even more natural than taking over-the-counter pain medicine.
Myth: Injectables are for people that already have wrinkles.
First, we must identify the difference between a filler and a botulinum toxin. Fillers like Restylane and Juvederm are great for treating existing lines around the mouth by filling in the crease. BOTOX and Dysport are preventative treatments for lines in the forehead and between the brows. By relaxing the muscles, patients are still able to make facial expressions without creating creases in the surface layer of the skin. In other words, the fewer times your forehead makes that crease, the less likely it is to stay and become a wrinkle.
Myth: It’s safe to buy injectables online and administer them at home
“Absolutely not,” Renee says. “No matter what the website or seller says, injectables must be obtained by a local representative of the product and administered by a certified professional at a reputable cosmetic clinic.” This may seem like a no brainer, but many women fall victim to online sellers falsely advertising their products as BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport®, with harmful side effects. No bargain price is worth the risk.
Myth: Anti-wrinkle injection treatments will fix your wrinkles forever
Injectables can help prevent and treat wrinkles for a period of time, but the results are temporary and will gradually diminish. This means it will require repeated treatments to maintain your desired look, but it also means it is not permanent like surgery if you are hesitant to commit.
Myth: Age determines when you should start getting injectables.
“Most people think 25 is too young to be getting BOTOX,” Renee says, “but it’s not just age related. Your genetics and your lifestyle also affect when you start to show lines and wrinkles.” It’s about your skin and appearance. If you have lines that you don’t want, cosmetic injectables can help you at any age.
Did you learn something new? Cosmetic injectables are a very safe and effective way to prevent or reverse signs of aging. The benefits of these products are often clouded by the bad rap they get in the news or on TV, but federal regulation and reputable clinics like The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery (ACPS) ensure that patient safety is not compromised.
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