Interested in fillers, but have heard or read some information that gives you pause? You’re not alone. With the popularity of injectables like Botox, Juvéderm, and Restylane, it’s a challenge to know what’s a myth and what’s the truth. That’s why the board-certified dermatologists and injectables experts at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology have decided to separate fact from fiction and share their expertise garnered from over 100+ combined years of experience administering filler treatments.

  • Myth #1 – Cosmetic Injections Cause Pain

Fact: A tiny amount of liquid or gel combined with local anesthesia is administered through an ultrafine needle. Although pain tolerances differ from patient to patient, a small “pinch”, is all that is typically felt, usually no more than a 2 or 3 on a 1-to-10 scale of pain. While not necessary, you can also choose to have a topical numbing agent or a local anesthetic administered beforehand.

However, when administered by highly trained, expert injectors, there is little discomfort, and side effects such as redness often fade quickly, incurring little to no swelling and bruising.

  • Myth #2 – Cosmetic Injections Cause Lengthy Downtime

Fact: Because of the techniques used by a trained, experienced, and qualified injector, an injectable procedure normally causes no downtime!  You can expect no interruption to your normal schedule.

  • Myth #3 – Injectables Always Deliver Results That Look Unnatural

Two main factors contribute to this myth: celebrities who undergo too many injections and injectables performed by unqualified people.

Fact: When an injectable is administered by a qualified cosmetic dermatologist, the risks of results that make you look “frozen” or puffy are very low. Such injectors are highly trained and skilled at delivering the correct dosage at the precise site so that you get the natural enhancement you want for a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance.

  • Myth # 4 – Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin Are Dermal Fillers

Fact: Botox doesn’t fill, it smooths. As a neuromodulator, Botox weakens and restricts the movement of the muscles responsible for causing “dynamic” wrinkles. Botox along with Dysport and Xeomin are effective for addressing deep forehead lines, frown lines between the eyebrows, combating the signs of aging, relieving Bell’s palsy and synkinesis symptoms, and smile lines around the eyes, but they can not address volume loss.

In contrast, dermal fillers like Juvéderm and Restylane contain hydrating hyaluronic acid that fills in “static” wrinkles (i.e., ones that remain even when the face is at rest), add lost volume, and stimulate collagen production for smoother, more rejuvenated skin.   

  • Myth #5 – HA Injectable Results Are Permanent

Fact: Although the results of most injectables last 18 months and more, the results with HA fillers are not permanent. In fact, to keep up the rejuvenating effects, follow-up injections are recommended once or twice a year once the initial treatment nets the desired aesthetic goals. If you want a permanent filler, Bellafill provides long-lasting results.

The benefit of using a temporary filler is that if people aren’t 100% satisfied with their results, they can have the filler reversed with hyaluronidase if they don’t want to wait for the results to resolve naturally.

When it comes to injectable procedures to improve the skin and enhance your appearance, there’s no denying the fact that they are very popular. However, to get the best results, it’s important to see a doctor with the experience and expertise in injectables.

Contact Cosmetic Laser Dermatology to Know More about Injectables

Contact the San Diego injectables experts at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology by calling (858) 365-3620 to schedule an appointment.

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