Aesthetic treatments are somewhat shrouded in mystery. Perhaps this is due to the discreet nature of the business – A successful medical aesthetic treatment looks so natural that no one can tell you’ve had anything done. Rather, people around you will notice that you look years younger than your real age. Because of this, many misconceptions about aesthetic treatments have arisen. Whether you are thinking of getting a procedure done for the first time, or whether you are interested to find out about a new treatment, here are the top 5 myths about aesthetic treatments which most people have.
Hopefully, by clearing them up, you will have more confidence before you schedule a consult with a doctor.
MYTH 1: Its no point doing aesthetic treatments. You have to keep repeating them and you will be addicted to them.
The truth is that most aesthetic treatments encourage the growth and production of collagen in the treated area. As we age, we lose the ability to produce collagen and wrinkles will form and skin will sag. When the doctor treats the areas with dermal fillers, lasers or Ultherapy, the treatment causes the area to produce more collagen to delay the signs of aging.
For many treatments such as fillers and Ultherapy, it extends the longevity of the treatment if its repeated just before the result wears off. Also, even if you decide not to carry on with the treatment at some point in time, the natural aging process will never catch up to where it would have been if had never undergone any aesthetic treatment. In other words, you will experience long-lasting, better results if you undergo the treatment as recommended by the doctor, or as soon as you notice signs of aging.
Chances are you’ll like the results so much because it makes you look fabulous that you keep wanting to come back for more after the results wear off. Having said that, it is impossible to be addicted to Botox or fillers.
MYTH 2: Applying my collagen cream daily should be enough. There is no need for any aesthetic treatments.
Topical collagen creams are quite common and they usually promise results in a few days. We hate to burst your bubble, but collagen molecules are too large to penetrate the skin. There is also no scientific evidence to prove that collagen creams and drinks can do what they claim. Some cosmetic companies have also created micronized collagen which they claim, can be easily absorbed by the skin. However, any collagen absorbed by the skin would likely cause allergic reaction or be deemed as foreign bodies and destroyed by your immune system.
Other than improving your diet and applying sufficient amount of sunscreen on your skin, dermal fillers can also stimulate collagen production. Hyaluronic acid, the main component of Restylane dermal fillers, surrounds fibroblasts with plenty of water. It is also found to be protective of the existing collagen as well. You can see immediate results after the treatment as the fillers plump out lines and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
MYTH 3: Since so many clinics offer the same treatment, I should choose the cheapest one
Do not decide on an aesthetic clinic just based on price alone or you may risk paying the actual price of an impetuous decision. As the saying goes, ‘Buy cheap, buy twice’. Authentic aesthetic treatments by experienced doctors do not come cheap. Don’t be afraid to go for a consult with the doctor, find out more about his experience in the treatment you are interested in. Ask the doctor to show you some before and after photos to give you the confidence that he can do the job well. Don’t be afraid to ask the doctor the brand of the equipment or injectables the clinic offers. Although some cheaper alternatives can produce the same result, there might be side effects that you may not be aware of. Be discerning and find out more before you decide on a treatment you think you deserve.
MYTH 4: Laser treatments causes the skin to become thin and weak
Lasers do not cause the skin to wear out. In fact, laser treatments induce the skin to produce more collagen and form elastin to replace the damaged skin. The doctor will advise you on how often you should come back for repeat treatment to avoid any potential side effects of having too many laser treatments within a short period of time.
Some laser treatments such as Clear+Brilliant and LASEMD Skin Perfecting Laser are deigned to be a milder treatment that should be repeated at regular intervals. They work by creating micro-channels on your face to stimulate collagen production, to provide long-term anti-aging and skin rejuvenating benefits without the long downtime associated with some treatments like eCO2 skin resurfacing laser.
MYTH 5: Fillers and Botox are toxic to your body and can potentially harm you
That depends on which doctor you go to! A reputable and experienced injector will not only make sure that you are safe, he will be able to work wonders with these syringes to make you look amazing.
In the right hands, fillers are extremely safe – many of them, such as Restylane fillers, are FDA-approved. They are made of a biodegradable, non-animal stabilised hyaluronic acid. The gel resembles your body’s own hyaluronic acid, and are specifically designed to work within the different layers of the skin to restore lost volume on your face.
A newer bio- stimulator called Ellanse, not only plumps up your face but also turns back the time by stimulating collagen production in the treated area. The long-lasting effects are immediate and can last up to 3 years for Ellanse and about 1 year for dermal fillers. These fillers get resorbed into your body over time and removed – safely – from your system.
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