Have you been put off having Botox or dermal fillers because of something you’ve heard about them? If so, read on to see common myths busted.
Some of the most common reasons we hear for people not having aesthetic procedures like Botox or dermal fillers are that they have developed some weird ideas about them, quite frankly. Celebrity culture and the tabloids’ love of a horror story have given people false impressions about cosmetic injections. People like Kim Kardashian overdoing it and TV programmes like Sherlock depicting people being murdered with Botox (thanks a lot, BBC!) are putting people off these procedures which don’t have to look unnatural and are certainly not used to murder anyone. Here are some of the common misconceptions people have about Botox and fillers and why you shouldn’t believe them.
You Can’t Move Your Face
We’ve all seen those ‘Real Housewives of Wherever’ programmes that show rooms full of women who can’t seem to move their faces and look perpetually surprised. This is not the norm. Normal people have Botox injections and you would never know it apart from their younger looking complexions. Yes, Botox does paralyse face muscles but, done properly, it only does it very small and subtle ways so you can still raise a sly single eyebrow like Roger Moore if you’re so inclined.
The idea of injecting your face isn’t a pleasant one but have you seen the size of the needles involved? They’re tiny. Botox or dermal fillers are injected really slowly and carefully so it is as painless as possible. Lots of practitioners offer numbing cream too if they are injecting in certain areas that they know might be painful.
It’s Unnatural Looking
You only get a trout pout if you want one. Pictures of people with huge lips or other really unsubtle filler use are all over the internet but they would have only received that because they asked for it. Good aesthetic practitioners (like our Lexi) can use fillers and Botox in very subtle ways to achieve a totally natural look.
It’s for Older People
Obviously, the older you are, the more wrinkles you have and the bigger the impact cosmetic injections will have but people are having these procedures younger and younger to boost their confidence and achieve subtle natural looking effects like fuller lips or stronger chins. Botox can be used to help prevent wrinkles forming too.
It Wears Off Quickly
Although it’s a good idea to have Botox treatments redone every 3 to 4 months for maximum effect, the effects do generally last longer than that and most people find that, over time, the muscles weaken so they don’t need to have the treatment as often. Similarly with fillers, everyone is different and lot of people find that the effects are still visible for longer than the time recommended for a top up.
No, no and absolutely no. Botox and dermal fillers are not dangerous. Yes, botulinum toxin is a potentially dangerous substance that can be harmful in certain quantities but, again, look at the size of the needles. There isn’t nearly enough botulinum toxin in an aesthetic practitioner’s needle to cause any harm. Botox was cleared by the USA FDA for safe use to treat wrinkles in 2002 and treatments have become even more refined and even safer year on year ever since.
The only real reason to not have aesthetic treatments is that you don’t really want them. In the hands of an experienced and highly trained registered nurse like our very own Lexi Davies, Botox and dermal fillers are a very safe, comfortable and effective way to create natural looks to boost your confidence by looking as fresh and youthful as possible. To talk to us about any of our treatments, call 0783 741 3101.