Home' INSTYLE Magazine : INSTYLE MAY-JUN 2017 Contents frozen their expressions. This is obvious and not attractive. If a
good result is achieved – that retains movement, but softens lines
people generally receive com ments that their skin looks good
without it being apparent they have had Botox.
Dermal fillers are an amazing way to restore someone’s
appearance to where it was previously before the volume loss
associated with age. It’s important to not change the person’s
appearance, just restore and enhance. For younger patients, we
can do treatments to enhance features – such as lips, cheekbones
or making a man’s jawline more angular and masculine. There are
many treatments we can utilise these products for – that’s why
a consultation is necessary. Not everyone is a good candidate for
every treatment – its individual for every person.
DERMAL FILLERS REQUIRE DOWNTIME
Dermal fillers can produce bruising. It, again, can happen, but is
also dependant on the level of care from the injector. Bruising is
rare with my patients – but it is always possible. I always educate
my patients to let me know what is coming up in their schedule.
If I think it’s a bad idea to do the treatment a day before a job
interview for example, we just postpone the treatment for a
BOTOX DOESN’T WORK AS WELL IF YOU
Botox is actually a molecule combined with a protein. Protein is
denatured by heat. Basically, if you increase your temperature, or
metabolic rate within a few hours of having Botox, it will affect
the longevity of the treatment. It’s not dangerous, but it won’t
last as long. You need to avoid exercising, laser treatments, LED
treatments and saunas – just until the next day.
YOU CAN’T FLY STRAIGHT AFTER BOTOX
No, this is not true. Standard guidelines apply, no lying down
or pressing or rubbing on the area for at least 4 hours but flying
immediately after is not going to affect the treatment.
There are uneducated opinions
everywhere – from politics to
natural disasters, as well as
numerous long-lived beauty myths.
Sometimes it’s necessary to set
things straight. We chat to Claire
O’Mara – Clinical Nurse Specialist
and Cosmetic Injector at Ambrosia
Medical about some of the top
injectable treatment myths.
INJECTABLE TREATMENTS ARE PAINFUL.
Any injectable treatments will have a small amount of discomfort.
But the level of comfort is dependent upon the pain threshold
of the patient individually – as well as the care of the injector.
Patients are generally needle phobic due to experiences from their
GP or at hospitals. The needles I prefer are the smallest on the
market, and the injection amount is tiny. We now utilise cannulas
with dermal filler treatment, so there is one tiny puncture in
the skin- and the entire treatment can be done from one point. I
also prefer to use the market leader in dermal fillers exclusively –
which are mixed with a local anaesthetic.
ALL INJECTABLE TREATMENTS ARE THE SAME
As with any product – there is always higher and lower quality
products on the market. A ny product approved by the TGA in
Australia has passed strict controls to be allowed on the market
in this country, unlike Asia and Europe, so we can be sure the
products are safe. There is a difference in terms of how long the
products last, or how natural the effect will be. If you are getting a
cheaper price on filler or botulinum toxins – there is a reason why.
The quality is not as good as the market leader products – or the
injector is inexperienced.
BOTOX IS ADDICTIVE
The result of Botox is the only addictive component. People
absolutely love the effects of Botox – it’s better than diamonds!
Botox as a drug is not addictive. Botox, as a treatment – the
effects come on gradually and wear off gradually after about three
months initially. Again, the results noted are dependent on the
skill and experience of the injector. Even after one treatment
of Botox – the skin integrity is improved – if you stop having
treatments, nothing will fall apart or sag. The effects will simply
wear off gradually, but you will not have the effects of ageing that
had been prevented whilst you were having treatments. Botox
is best used as a preventative treatment. You need much less and
it lasts longer. Almost like looking after your hair, rather than
letting it get damaged – then trying to restore it.
IT’S EASY TO TELL IF SOMEONE HAS HAD
For Botox treatments, having a good treatment is when you have
retained movement in someone’s face and relaxed lines – not
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