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When it comes to anti-aging treatments and injectables, there is no doubt that you would have at least heard of BotoxÂź, fillers and Dermapen. Despite their popularity, and growing demand there is still a lot of contradictory information and preconceived views about these appearance medicine treatments. To clear up the confusion, Skin Institute, one of NZâs premium providers for Appearance Medicine treatments, gives their expert advice on whatâs fact and whatâs fiction in anti-ageing treatments.
FACT: DONâT LET PRICE BE YOUR GUIDE
We all love a good bargain, who doesnât, right? But this is not the time to bargain shop. Thereâs no denying that most anti-ageing treatments or injectables are expensive, but thatâs because the cost of goods is high. If you see a good deal that costs far less than the standard treatment, itâs likely some compromises are being made, either the skill of your provider or the quality of the product. The price that you pay also reflects your practitionerâs years of experience, which results in your own safety. So, rather than jumping onto the first deal you see on the internet, discuss your budget and payment package with your provider during the consultation process.
FICTION: THERE IS ZERO RISK
There is no such thing as zero risk when it comes to injectable treatments. Anti-wrinkle injections can result in temporary unwanted weakness of adjacent muscles and cause outcomes such as eyelid or eyebrow droop or an uneven smile. Filler injections can be placed in the wrong layer of the skin causing a bluish discoloration known as the Tyndall effect. Inexperience of the injector leading to the wrong filler choice, amount or placement can make you look odd rather than rejuvenated! There is also a small chance of the filler blocking a blood vessel, causing an area of skin loss and scarring; or in an extremely rare event, a more serious risk of blindness can also occur. A highly experienced practitioner should inform you of these risks during your consultation, before you undergo the procedure.
âAt Skin Institute, we take all risks seriously and have systems in place to minimise the likelihood of occurrence. We also take this time to discuss not only the intended outcome, but to answer any concerns you may have,â says Dr Shona Dalzell, Appearance Medicine Doctor, Dermatology Associate and Phlebologist at Skin Institute.
FACT: YOU CAN TREAT HYPERHIDROSIS WITH BOTOXÂź
Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) can be uncomfortable and can take a psychological toll. One of the most effective treatments is with BotoxÂź, as it can help control the symptoms of severe underarm sweating (or other targeted areas) by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands donât have the chemical signals, the severe sweating improves. âOne session of BotoxÂź is normally all thatâs required, and the effects can last up to 7 months,â says Dr Dalzell.
It can also help with chronic migraines (headaches for more than 15 days per month). BotoxÂź appears to block chemicals neurotransmitters that carry pain signals from your brain to the nerve endings around your head and neck to reduce the effects of migraines.
FICTION: END RESULTS ARE ALL THE SAME
One of the most common misconceptions of anti-ageing treatments is that they all provide the same results. Each treatment has its purpose and targets different areas of concern. For example, if your main concern is loss of hydration, and to restore firmness of the skin, then ProfhiloÂź is the treatment for you. ProfhiloÂź is a new treatment called a biomodulator. It not only hydrates the skin but stimulates your own cells to produce more collagen. The result is an improvement in fine lines and help with sagging and crepey skin on face, neck, dĂ©colletage and hands.
DermapenÂź 4 with Advanced Skin Peel on the other hand, uses ĂBER PRO or ĂBER MD peels to enhance the overall result of microneedling, which can help improve not only the signs of fine lines and wrinkles but acne, hyperpigmented conditions and scars. Each peel contains different treatment actives and targets different area of concerns.
ĂBER PRO contains a specific blend of treatment actives to increase cellular turnover while addressing the signs of ageing, hyperpigmentation, melasma, milia and acne. It is suitable for pigmentation, sun damage, anti- ageing and problematic skin and safe to use on any skin colour.
ĂBER MD reduces the appearance of severe, deep ageing lines, assists in scar treatment, resurfaces uneven skin texture, reduces pigmentation and evens out skin tone.
FACT: YOU WILL ONLY NOTICE BAD WORK
The saying âItâs not what youâve done, itâs how itâs doneâ applies to all anti-wrinkle treatments, with too many examples of people who accidentally or purposely look like theyâve had too much work done. âTo maintain a natural appearance, itâs about rejuvenating your looks, not making you look different. So, the key is to find a provider and practitioner who is experienced and understands anatomy and the natural proportions of the face,â says Dr Dalzell.
If you have any enquiry on anti-wrinkle treatments or would like to book an appointment with Skin Institute, call 0800 SKIN DR (0800 754 637) or visit skininstitute.co.nz