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Injectables: Fact vs. Fiction

July 30, 2013

There is a ton of misinformation out there today with TV and internet.  Dr. Olson believes that educating her patients is an extremely important part of the consultation process. We hope to dispel some common myths about cosmetic injectables.

Myth: Botox is a filler.

Some patients use Botox as a generic term for every injectable and filler, but Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are not fillers nor do they work like them. A tiny amount of BOTOX precisely injected, relaxes specific muscles and allows the body’s own collagen to regenerate in those lines formed from repetitive movement. BOTOX can be used so artfully so as to have a subtle softening effect that is neither obvious nor takes away our ability to communicate. Importantly, BOTOX can be used to shape the face by the advanced balanced injection to muscles of facial expression.

Fact: The use of cosmetic injectables is not a replacement for a facelift.

Injectables can prevent lines and treat exsisting wrinkles, while giving you facial volume, to an extent.  Some patients will only get their desired results with a facelift.  It is important to understand that if you get a facelift it does not give you volume or stop wrinkles from forming. Many patients will have a facelift and use injectables to relax the muscles and give volume that was lost due to aging.  It is best to consult with a board certified surgeon to make sure you have realistic expectations before proceeding with any treatments.

Myth: It is safe to buy injectables online and administer them at home or have a doctor administer.

No bargain price is worth this risk!  It is illegal and the sellers are unreliable.  Products purchased from other sellers besides the registered, FDA approved companies legally allowed to sell them can be very dangerous and have harmful side effects.  

Fact: The results seen from injectables are temporary.

Botox, Dysport, and Xeaomin can last anywhere from 3 to 6 months.  Fillers, such as Restylane, Perlane, Radiesse, and Juvederm, are FDA approved to last up to a year, in some cases results can last longer.  Sculptra stimulates your own collagen and will last 2 or more years.  As you age you lose bone density so your face will start to lose volume.  With the help of these injectables you can gain that facial volume back when correctly placed.  If the injectables were permanent the aging process would move the added volume to places that would look out of place.

Myth: You can't get natural-looking lips with injectables.

There is still a large percentage of women who are afraid to treat their lips with injectables because they fear that their lips will come out looking too big and overdone. Juvederm is a wonderful product used to shape the lips.  When you have lumpy, over done, or uneven lips that is the result of the injector and poor injection techniques, as you can have with any cosmetic procedure. Doctor Olson is an Allergan designated National Education Faculty (NEF) and participated in the Juvederm trial after FDA approval.

Myth: You can use leftover filler at another appointment.

Injectables are packaged so that you should not have leftover product. Seeing the need the makers of Restylane, Radiesse, and Juvederm have come out with half syringes for patients that need less correction. Remember, once a vial has been opened, it can’t be used on anyone else for safety purposes.

Myth: All doctors that administer injectables are the same.

It is important to do your research before you choose your doctor because every doctor is different.  That could even mean going to a few consultations before you are comfortable making the decision.  Make sure your doctor is a board-certified practitioner (not all are), skilled and an experienced injector.  During the consultation process Doctor Olson examines you and assess your facial anatomy- specifically, the skin, muscle, fat, bone and supportive structures. She will take into consideration your medical history and previous surgeries, your age and health status, and your desired outcome.  Through this interview and discussion, you will be given specific information about your options for correction of areas that you and Doctor Olson identified. Equally important, you will get a sense of your comfort with Doctor Olson, her skills, aesthetic point of view, and bedside manner.  You also want a doctor that personally treats his/her patients.

Myth: You have to be over 30 or already showing lines before you should consider injectables.

Dr. Olson says, "Women begin losing volume in their 30's, with fat and bone loss progressing with each decade. In an individual with very low body fat, Sculptra can be used in small amounts early to maintain the convexities of a thin face, or to improve the attractiveness of a face that has poor convexity in an area congenitally.  Botox is often begun in a patient's 30's for dynamic wrinkles in lighter doses.  But I have used it in patients in their 20's if they have deep frown lines that run in their family." 

To learn more information about Dr. Olson and information about what all she offers our website is very helpful. www.doctorjaneolson.com

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