12 Myths About Fillers and Botox
Is your anti-aging skin care knowledge up to snuff? Find out by taking this quiz to see what's fact and fiction when it comes to injectables
We all do it. You know, channel our inner Narcissus and spend an hour or so too long in front of our magnifying mirror examining a wrinkle here, a laugh line there, a forehead crease begging to be taken seriously. We poke, prod and pull our face to see what we would look like if our wrinkles and creases just magically disappeared. Then we snap out of it and suddenly realize that in this day and age of modern anti-aging skin care, there are options and needle-wielding doctors capable of abracadabra skin magic Houdini himself would marvel at.
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Yes, it's the future ladies. Cosmetic anti aging skin care quick fixes, like dermal fillers and injectables that turn back time, are not only available to women of means, they are rapidly becoming feasible for the masses. But with any relatively new for most (and exciting for many) anti-aging technology, comes trepidation and horror stories. Tales of women going "too far" with plastic surgery or becoming addicted to Botox abound. Myths about fillers, Botox, Juvederm, and other popular wrinkle fighters have been passed around the office or splashed across tabloids -- warning women to proceed with skin care caution.
Before you leap to try "I can't believe it really works" injectable "miracles," and especially if you are already indulging, you should find out if the myths surrounding these skin treatments are true. What is fact and what is fiction when it comes to fillers, Botox, and the like?
To find out, we went to skin care guru Dr. Derek Jones, Associate Professor of Dermatology at UCLA and Founder and Medical Director of the Skin Care and Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills. We asked him about the popular myths we have heard about cosmetic injectables and he declared them as so true or so false. Test your anti-aging skin care knowledge and find out if the myths have any basis in reality by taking the quiz below.
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Myth: Botox and fillers work the same way
Dr. Jones explains it simply: "Fillers fill and Botox relaxes. Once you understand that the muscle movement is what's creating the wrinkle -- especially on the forehead, then it's clearer. Botox relaxes the muscle that's creating the wrinkle," as opposed to filler which simply fills in the wrinkle with product.