Whether it’s for fuller lips, getting rid of wrinkles or just a confidence booster, it’s safe to say many of us have thought about getting a little work done to improve our appearance – but with so many myths surrounding cosmetic injectables, it’s hard to decide whether it’s actually worth it.

We spoke to Diane Mayes from Esthetique NY in New Farm to help us debunk the most common myths about cosmetic injectables and dermal fillers.

Myth #1

Cosmetic injectables and dermal fillers are extremely painful

While this can depend on the pain tolerance of the patient, the truth is most people compare the sensation of the injections to a mosquito bite. People generally only feel a slight pinch, which lasts for a few seconds.

Myth #2

They’re only for old people with wrinkles

Many people do seek cosmetic injections to fight ageing, but they’re not just used for that.

Cosmetic injections can also be used to treat migraines by reducing muscle tension, muscle related ailments including chronic neck and back pain and movement disorders such as facial spasms, writer’s cramps and neck tremors.

In addition, injections can be used to temporarily block sweat glands to stop excessive sweating for people with hyperhidrosis.

Myth #3

Cosmetic injectables are toxic

Yes, they are a Botulinum Toxin A and the proteins in anti-wrinkle injections are technically sourced from bacteria. However, it is most certainly not poisonous, as it has been sterilised and diluted so that it safe to use.

Cosmetic treatments have been used since the ‘80s for a range of different conditions, and during this time no long-term side effects have become apparent, with more than 16 million treatments having been performed since then with excellent results.

It would take more than 100 times the average dose of cosmetic injectables to be harmful to the human system.

Myth #4

You will be left expressionless

Many people think getting cosmetic injections and dermal fillers will cause you to lose the ability to have facial expressions. In actual fact, these treatments will enhance expressions rather than erase them completely.

Those who have had the treatment performed properly by a trained and skilled physician are still able to display the entire range of facial expressions including frowning, appearing surprised and smiling.

Myth #5

Wrinkles are barred forever

Cosmetic injectables are only temporary. Anti-wrinkle treatments typically last three to four months and dermal fillers last between six months to one year, depending on the muscles injected and dosage. However, the effects do depend on the product being used, the area being treated and your body’s own natural ability to absorb the solution injected.

To achieve optimal result it is best to undergo periodic treatments for a year-round youthful, revitalised and rejuvenated appearance.

Myth #6

They’re very addictive

While you can love the results of anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers and therefore want to keep experiencing them, you cannot physically become addicted to them as there are no addictive properties within the solutions.

Myth #7

They have a lot of side effects

There should be no extreme or long term side effects if cosmetic injectables are done properly and by a professional.

The common and short term side effects are similar to many other cosmetic treatments and include pain at the injection site, inflammation, swelling, redness, bleeding and slight bruising.

Myth #8

Once you start, you’ll need to keep going or you’ll sag

Once the treatment has worn off ageing will continue at its usual pace. Cosmetic injectables do not cause sagging or hollow skin any more then considered normal. The muscle movement will just simply return and lines will eventually form again.

If you’re considering getting cosmetic treatments like injectables or dermal fillers but you’re a little concerned, the team at Esthetique NY – specialising in collagen induction therapy, microdermabrasion, hydrabrasion and medical grade peels and skin care – will put your mind at ease.

Esthetique NY is located at 5/27 Lamington Street in New Farm. For more information visit www.e-ny.com.au

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