Separating fact from fiction

Although the field of Medical Aesthetics is fast advancing, many misperceptions and reservations still exist. But what is myth and what is medical fact? Dr. Francois addresses some frequently asked questions to separate fact from fiction and unfounded fears…
If you follow proper aftercare as advised by your physician, which includes wearing sunscreen, there is no reason to wait for winter to have a chemical peel.

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are mainly used in chemical peels. AHAs are not harsh chemicals but water-soluble and derived from certain fruit sugars. Remember, the skin’s natural happy space is a pH of 4-5, meaning it naturally prefers an acidic level. Many AHAs are known to be gentle enough for even sensitive skin.

When done correctly, a chemical peel removes dead skin cells in a controlled manner without damaging the skin. Rather the condition of your skin is improved at a cellular level. The new layer of skin is naturally sensitive after treatment and redness may occur temporarily, but this is generally not due to skin being ‘burned’.

Botulinum toxin is not a poison, but a manufactured variant of a substance formed by Clostridium Botulinum which binds the nerve endplate to muscles to temporarily prevent them from contracting. Although it is not considered a poison, as with all substances an over-dosage carries risk factors.

To further explain, Dr. Francois quotes German-Swiss physician and alchemist, Paraclesus. “All substances are poisons; there is none that is not a poison. The right dose differentiates a poison from a remedy.” Thus drinking too much water can be considered poisonous, while drinking the right amount holds health benefits. The same is true for Botulinum toxin, which is why safe and responsible use is key.

A Botox twin study has showed improved skin quality in cases where the product was used frequently.
Botulinum toxin is one the most studied drugs. One study reported zero complications for botulinum toxin when used for aesthetic purposes. However, risk factors exist for most medical aesthetic procedures therefore a prior medical consultation and treatment by a reputable medical professional is advised.
Botulinum toxin is not permanent but breaks down over time, which is why repeated treatments are required.
Horizon Aesthetics use hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, a natural ingredient found in our cells’ cellular matrix. HA forms a major part of the cell structure of our skin and provides valuable advantages such as boosting moisture levels and stimulating production of more cells.
As with most medical procedures there are risks involved. According to studies, HA fillers currently have a complication rate of 28%. Common complications include bruising, swelling, itching and pain, which usually clears within seven to fourteen days. Complications are mitigated by trained injectors and a thorough understanding of the facial anatomy.
Fillers are polysaccharides that are broken down over time and do not offer permanent solutions but require frequent top-ups. In case a patient is not be completely happy with the outcome, a treatment option is available that immediately reverses the results.
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