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Published on 21 December 2016 by Ridah Syed, updated on 02 May 2017
The popularity of injectables for aesthetic purposes is on the rise. With many celebrities openly admitting to having anti-wrinkle injections and fillers these procedures are the most popular aesthetic treatments requested in consultations.
Myth 1:Are they made from rat poison? A popular brand of anti-wrinkle injections that most people will know is Botox™. There are many myths regarding these injections and over the years, I have been asked this question more times than you would think - "I have heard that Botox™ is made from rat poison, is that true?" The answer is, no! It is made with a purified protein that temporarily immobilizes the muscles on the face that cause deep facial wrinkles, no rat poison. How does it do this? By blocking the transmission of nerve impulses from nerve endings to the muscle. Botox™ injections can be used for a variety of reasons such as migraines, bladder conditions, muscle spasticity and over active sweat glands as well as improving the appearance of facial lines.
Myth 2: They are unsafe Some first-time patients tend to worry about the safety of these injections. The most important thing to remember is to ensure that you are being treated by an experienced Doctor or Nurse Prescriber such as the team we have at One Stop Doctors. All our injectables team are very experienced and hand chosen by me!
Myth 3:After having injections I am going to age faster when it wears off Another common myth is that once you stop having these injections you are going to age faster. Yet again, this is not the case. You will continue to age at the same rate you did before, the injections can temporarily reduce the appearance of ageing while they are effective.
Anti-wrinkle injections facts: • Anti-wrinkle injections will usually take 10 to 20 mins depending on how many areas are being treated, no time at all! You can just pop in on your lunch or after work! • With virtually no downtime, you can normally return to work within the hour making this popular for lunch time pop ins! • Results will usually last for 3 months. • The most popular areas are the forehead, crow’s feet and between the brows. These areas will help with lines caused by frowning, squinting and, my favourite, raising your eyebrows! • Anti-wrinkle injections not only help to treat lines and wrinkles but may help prevent future lines caused by repeated facial movements.
Now, let's take a look at fillers. Fillers can help re-contour your face by adding volume to the lips and cheeks, helping the appearance of marionette lines, hallow under eyes and treating the loss of fat pads which result in lower face lines and wrinkles.
Myth 1:If I have lip fillers I will end up looking like Leslie Ash! The most common statement that women make during filler consultations is "I don't want to look like Lesley Ash". Sadly, poor Lesley was injected with silicone and had a very bad reaction resulting in what many people now refer to as the ‘trout pout’. Hyaluronic acid and silicone are two separate things and I for one am extremely grateful that silicone is no longer used in this country!
Myth 2: Fillers are made of really dangerous acids Fillers are made up of hyaluronic acid which is a natural substance found in our own bodies. Over the years, hyaluronic acid levels deplete as we age. Most people have come across the words hyaluronic acid in adverts for skincare but don't know exactly what it does? To put it simply, it goes into your body, binds to any water it can find and expands. In fact, hyaluronic acid can hold up to a thousand times its weight in water.
Myth 3: Fillers don’t last very long Results can last anywhere from 6 to 24 months’ dependant on the brand of filler used and how quickly your body breaks it down.
Lip fillers were the most Googled aesthetic procedure in 2016 which is largely due to Kylie Jenner openly admitting to having filler in her lips!
There has been a rise in requests for this procedure which has become extremely common with patients within their 20's and 30's.