Written by: Natalie Aberger
There are so many common myths about cosmetic fillers and injectables. As a registered nurse that specializes in injections at Bare Med Spa and loves getting to work with men and women of all ages and lifestyles in Kansas City with many different needs, I've heard it all. It's time to debunk the common myths and fears surrounding injectables and fillers. Let's get started!
First off, when we think of injections, Botox is often the first thing that comes to mind. However, there are many types of cosmetic injectables available beyond just Botox. Plus, fillers and injections are very different. Botox is the most popular and well-known injectable, but it's important to consult with your doctor or registered nurse injector to see which will be a fit for you and your specific needs! A few cosmetic injectable and filler brands I use and trust include: Botox, Dysport, Restylane Silk, Voluma, Sculptra, and Kybella. Read up on the options here.
Fillers & Injections Myths
1. Wait to get Botox until when you have wrinkles and lines. This is false! Just like your overall skincare routine, it's important to prevent damage before you have to treat it. Botox and other cosmetic injectables are highly purified toxins that are preventative. They temporarily reduce and erase fine lines and wrinkles, but can also soften your look and prevent damage over time.
2. Botox = frozen face. Some people think about the Real Housewives or other celebrities gone wrong when it comes to injections. Frozen face is not a good look! You can achieve a natural look with injectables and fillers! It's important to research the location, medical director and nurse that you plan to visit for your treatment beforehand. At Bare Med Spa, we specialize and focus on naturally enhanced looks. It's important to have movement and keep your expressions, but we can still reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and other issues at the same time!
3. Botox is purely cosmetic. I treat several concerns from the face to body that injectables and fillers can solve. Some treatments are not purely cosmetic. A few common concerns that can be treated with Botox include teeth clinching & grinding (jaw), over perspiration (under arms), etc.
4. Injections are for women. Men often get treated with injectables to help reduce deep lines on the forehead and "furrow". We are seeing more and more men come in for injectables, as men become aware of the many benefits and how it can enhance their look and solve their skin issues.
5. Botox and dermal fillers are the same. As mentioned above, there are more injectable varieties beyond Botox. And cosmetic injectables and fillers are different. Injectables, like Botox, relaxes the muscles it fills. It's often used for forehead lines and wrinkles, frown lines, crows feet and fine lines around the eyes and mouth. Dermal fillers restore and adds volume. Fillers can add fullness to cheeks and lips and the neck, fill scar lines, etc. Learn more about the treatments here.
6. Botox injections are painful. Botox injections are virtually painless and the treatments are very quick - it can be done over your lunch break!. We can help numb sensitive areas prior to treatment to alleviate the slight pinching feeling. Fillers are a little more invasive, meaning a higher chance for tenderness and swelling. So, it's important to plan your treatment out a few days to a week out before any big events, appearances, etc. It's also important to find an injector with a good technique. Ice packs can reduce the risk of bruising. Also, don't massage the area after treatment.
7. Once you get Botox, you have to keep getting it. This is a very common belief, but not true. 99.9% of the clients I start on Botox or cosmetic injectables love the results and want to maintain their look. Botox and other injectables will eventually wear off, depending on each person and how fast the body metabolizes the product. It's typical to come back every 3 - 6 months for touch-up's. However, you do not have to maintain the injections. They will simply wear off!
8. Botox is a dangerous poison. Many believe it's harmful to the body, but when administered properly, is completely safe for the body. Many people also believe that Botox is a synthetic, dangerous material, but it is actually found in nature.
"Botox is the drug of the 21st century, it's like Tylenol or Asprin!"
9. Botox can travel through your body. Many ask if Botox can move throughout the body and that is false. It will localize and can only move a few centimeters. For example, it cannot go from your forehead down to your feet!
10. It will be obvious when I start Botox treatments. There are so many different treatment options for fillers and injectables. When done right, you can see an improvement in your look. However, it won't drastically change your appearance when treated by a professional