Everyone has heard their fair share of information about different treatments which can be confusing, so we are debunking the common myths heard in our office!
Myth: Injectables last forever and are irreversible.
Fact: Neurotoxins like Botox, Dysport and Jeuveau will wear off after 3-4 months depending on your metabolism and activity levels. There are many factors that go into the longevity of your neurotoxin, but they will always wear off over time. Fillers can be dissolved after two weeks with an enzyme called hyaluronidase or Hylenex and works by breaking down the bonds and reabsorbing them into your body.
Myth: Once I get Botox I will have to always get Botox because my skin will stretch.
Fact: Since neurotoxins are injected at the muscular level to relax the muscle and diminish the look of wrinkles your skin’s elasticity is not affected. As we mentioned above, injectables will not last forever! Once the medication metabolizes out of your system, your muscles will begin moving again and go back to their original state, meaning that you will see all those wrinkles and lines again.
Myth: Fillers just make the face look puffy
Fact: Fillers are for enhancing your natural features and bringing balance to your facial structure. Having an injector who understands facial anatomy and will not over inject is key to seeing the best results. At HealthyLooks we pride ourselves on making subtle changes over time and never overfilling or letting patients look overdone. At our Spa, we always do a 3D consultation to assess facial structure and build a plan that suits your goals and needs. We are also lucky to have the author of Facial Volumization: An Anatomic Approach, Dr. Lamb in our office who oversees and mentors our providers on the best way to inject to ensure patients are always satisfied and look their absolute best!
Myth: Botox is only for the facial muscles.
Fact: Botox can also be injected into the masseter muscle to help with clenching and relieve jaw pain and headaches. You can also get Botox injected above the upper lip; this is what we call a lip flip. A lip flip is great for anyone who struggles with a gummy smile. It will relax the muscles above your lip so that your lip will not curl under when you smile!
Myth: I don’t need SPF, I have enough in my makeup!
Fact: SPF is only in products when it is stated on the label and in most cases you need to apply SPF before you put on makeup. But some brands like Elta MD and Revision have tinted SPF products that you can use as your base or foundation to give you some color before applying makeup. If you are using a makeup product that has SPF we still recommend putting a base layer of sunscreen on after your skincare regimen to ensure you are getting enough coverage because when an SPF is combined with makeup the ingredients can counteract and not give you as much protection.
Myth: All skincare is the same.
Fact: Medical grade skincare penetrates a deeper layer of skin while over the counter products sit on the surface not actually targeting the problem. When you make the switch to medical grade products it is likely your skin will detox and you could have some breakout acne because you are finally targeting the problem areas on a deeper level. Overtime medical grade skincare will improve your skin’s texture, elasticity, and appearance because it includes active ingredients and is approved by the FDA to ensure its safety and effectiveness. Since medical grade skincare is backed by scientific research you can see actual results during the trial and feel confident in the investment you are making for yourself!
If you have any questions or have heard something that sounds questionable it is always important to ask an expert and the providers in our office are always happy to help. To schedule a consultation or learn more contact us today!