There are so many myths about Aesthetic procedures and these range from the mundane and harmless to ludicrous and dangerous. In practive, we get a lot of questions about how DIY "microneedling" and "CoolSculpting" - options which we found ineffective and painful (ouch!). So here are some of the myths we've debunked:
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, or Xeomin and a total nightmare to choose between the myriad permutations of fillers that can be permanent or temposrary (e.g Juvederm and Restylane families). Both are non-toxic and are metabolized completely in the body.
Long story short, Botox (and other neuromodulators) are made from the neurotoxin produced by a bacteria. It acts by working on the nerve juctions, temporarily immobilizing muscles. When the underlying muscles are relaxed, the overlying skin smoothens out, voila, the dynamic wrinkles are gone. The operative word is dynamic wrinkles or those you create or that deepen when you make an expression. The most popular treatment areas are the forehead, the 11s between the brows, and crow's feet. Neurotoxins can be used for brow lifts, migraine, masseter reduction to shape the face, and to prevent sweating. Expect results within 3-5 days and the full effects in 10-14 days.
The most popular dermal fillers like Juvederm (Ultra, Ultra Plus, Volbella, Vollure, Voluma) and Restlane (Lyft, Defyne, Refyne, Silk) are made from hyaluronic acid (HA) which occurs naturally in the body. Fillers are injected to replace volume loss or augment areas which are naturally "thin". Popular areas include the cheeks, undereye area, temples, lips, chin, and nose. These are also used to plump up hasolabial folds, 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, it's pretty much "what-you-see-is-what-you-get" because results are immediately visible. The downside is that it may not last a as long as expected if you are a fast metabolizer. Sculptra is a long-acting one which induces collagen growth and can last over two years.
Botox and fillers are not the same but can be used together effectively for a more youthful and refreshed look. Doing so can also delay going under the knife for a facelift for many years.
2. My stressful job caused my undereye bags
We get this quite a lot, possibly because we don't look too good when stressed. But to be honest, stressful jobs alone can't cause dark circles, puffy eyes, or hollows. Genetics and aging (chronological and photoaging) have a lot to do with it. In case you suffer from these issues, we have two effective treatments: tear trough fillers and microneedling (with or without PRP). Since the proof is in the eating. watch this video on how Dr. Harper transforms underyes from tired-looking to refreshed using Restylane Refyne:
It seems a bit surreal that thousands of microneedles create controlled punctures to induce collagen formation in the undereye area. But this is exactly what microneedling does! The microwounds acceletrate the healing process and as new cells are generated, the undereye area looks brighter since 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. DIY will lead to ineffective shallow abrasions that can get infected.
3. I’m 60 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 awesome procedures are the eternal fountains of youth in one sitting, these are not true. We all age and Botox and fillers, while impressive 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. As our skin goes slack, the descent of the fat pads become more noticeable. Our triangle of youth becomes more angular. We need maintenance when we have procedures for liquid facelift or rejuvenation like:
- Photofacial/Resurfacing, chemical peels or microneedling.
It is a fact that looking good is an investment. But the benefits far outweight the expense, especially when you need to look polished and youthful at work. Eating well, dealing with stress pro-actively, exercising moderately, relaxing, avoiding the sun, sleeping well, not smoking, using medical-grade skincare and a Juvly membership cuts down aesthetic costs significantly and ensures that you look great from month-to-month!
4. I can eat as much as I want after CoolSculpting
Thinking that you can throw caution to the wind and eat ad libitum after CoolSculpting is a myth that sets you up for disappointment. CoolSculpting is not a weight loss treatment - but it can be used for debulking and contouring. Yes, there is fat loss but this procedure is best for pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. It is true that you can lose 20-25% of fat in the treated areas. It is also true that these destroyed fat cells are gone for good once the fat is metabolized. However, to be really effective, CoolSculpting must be supported with a healthy lifestyle - this means mindful eating, smart food choices, adequate exercise, and stress management.
5. The new lasers make it possible for blondes, redheads, and light-haired people to undergo laser hair removal.
We simply adore what our new lasers the Cutra and Lumenis (with IPL and ResurFx) can do! However, although we can not treat people with darker skin, something not possible with the older lasers, laser hair reduction is a diferent matter. Laser seeks out the melanin in the hair follicles. However, those with red hair, blond hair, predominantly grey hair, and white-silvery hair don't have enough of that. But for those who have darker hair, our new lasers can get you bikini-ready in as few as three sessions. It can't be done in a single session because hair growth is in several stages and lasers are most effective in the active phase.
There's still a whole lot of misconception about treatments, benefits, and costs so watch out for More Aesthetic Myths Debunked.