Dispelling Common Myths about Cosmetic Procedures

By: Denise Baker, RN, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

There comes a time in every woman’s life when she looks in the mirror and wonders, “When did that wrinkle get there?” Plenty of us have spent dollars upon dollars on products or procedures that we hope will make us look and feel younger. But with such a wide variety of treatments available, how can you be sure what’s best?

A fear of the unknown prevents many from trying a new procedure. I never imagined I would try Botox, but once I did, I realized it provides me the results I’d been hoping for.

As someone who helps to administer a wide variety of cosmetic procedures every day—and has tried them personally—I’d like to offer some advice and dispel some common misconceptions that might be stopping you from getting a non-surgical cosmetic procedure.

Myth: Non-surgical cosmetic procedures are not as transformative as cosmetic plastic surgery.

Non-surgical procedures often address many of the same issues that surgical procedures address. In fact, Juvéderm, for example, can treat facial hollowness more effectively than surgery. Results vary depending on the procedure, but most results last months or years. Some may even last a lifetime. Additionally, non-surgical procedures cost significantly less than surgery, require little to no recovery, and have a very low risk of side effects, which are usually mild and only temporary.

Myth: Botox and Juvéderm work the same way.

While it’s true that both decrease the appearance of wrinkles, dermal filler Juvéderm fills and Botox relaxes. Botox relaxes the muscle that’s creating the wrinkle, diminishing the appearance of lines and creases, while also helping to prevent the development of new wrinkles. Juvéderm is frequently used to fill in wrinkles and restore volume to the folds around the mouth and hollowness under the eyes. In some patients, pairing the two treatments together will provide the best results. Many women will have Juvéderm injected into their lips to give them a fuller pout.

Myth: Botox isn’t safe.

Clinical use of Botox is the result of more than 100 years of studying botulinum toxin type A. Botox is one of the world’s most widely researched medicines, with approximately 2,300 publications in peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals.

When administered by a skilled physician, it is one of the quickest and safest treatments for smoothing wrinkles. The most common side effects after receiving a Botox treatment are minor pain at the injection sight and headaches. Cases with individuals experiencing more serious side effects are extremely rare.

Myth: Botox injections are a painful.

There is very little pain associated with a Botox procedure. You will experience the pricking sensation of the needle, but the procedure is so quick, it’s over before you know it! As someone who doesn’t like needles, I promise you I can hardly feel the injections.

Myth: Botox injections should be administered only to persons above age 40.

I’m 29 and I have wrinkles–everyone is his or her own worst critic. A trained professional will advise you on whether Botox is appropriate for you and what areas of your face or neck would benefit.

The most common areas where Botox is administered are the forehead, between the eyes (known as the glabella), and the outer corners of the eyes to treat “laugh lines” or “crow’s feet.”

Myth: Juvéderm isn’t safe.
Juvéderm is safe for a majority of people. It is made from hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance found in all biological organisms, including humans. It is produced without any animal substances and is FDA-approved for use in people of all skin tones and types.

However, Juvéderm is not recommended for use by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, those with a history of multiple or anaphylactic allergic reactions or individuals under the age of 18.

Myth: Dermal fillers wear off after less than a year.

Some fillers can wear off in less than a year. However, JuvédermVoluma gives patients a subtle lift, restoring contour and a more youthful profile for up to 2 years. It is the first injectable gel filler to receive U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for the purpose of increasing fullness and firmness and decreasing sagging and loose skin in the cheek area in patients over the age of 21.

Deciding to get a non-surgical or surgical cosmetic procedure can be nerve-wracking, but it is also exciting and empowering. Learn even more about your options for feeling beautiful and confident by joining my colleagues and me for Ladies’ Night Out at Olbrich Gardens on April 24th at 6 p.m. Everyone who attends will receive 25% off Botox® Cosmetic, Juvéderm® XC, Juvéderm Voluma™ XC, and cosmetic vein care treatments at Meriter!

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