First off let’s just start off by saying that reports of aesthetics treatments being a very painful price to pay to be beautiful have been greatly exaggerated.
This has been one of the longest-running misconceptions about aesthetic treatments, and the predominant seed of doubt that people need to overcome to really follow through on a Botox treatment, or a facelift.
The aesthetics industry has been working overtime to actually eliminate the stigma of pain that’s attached to these treatments, and they have actually been pretty successful in doing so!
Now that the pain is out of the way… let us look at some fun facts about aesthetic treatments that might just pique your interest!
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Of Sausages and…BOTOX?!
The core ingredient that makes up our Botox injections is known as Botulinum toxin (BTX) Type-A.
Sure sounds like a catchy name… but it gets way more interesting when you trace its origins… back to sausages!
Way back in the 1820s, a German doctor called Justinus Kerner became fascinated with the cause of food poisoning, particularly people for are falling ill after eating blood pudding, a type of sausage made from pork blood, fat and beef suet.
After various experiments on particular ingredients and chemicals in food, Kerner turned his attention on one of the ingredients that served as a preservative in these puddings – BTX. He even went as far as injecting BTX into himself to test its effects!
Of course, an accidental discovery of the skin-firming effects of BTX was borne out of his research, and 200 years later… the Botox injection has steadfastly remained one of the staples of aesthetics treatments!
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Looking good can make one feel good as well. In fact, beauty treatments that improve one’s appearance have actually been clinically proven to cure a person of even the lowest of lows… depression.
A scientific study published in 2013 has published mounting evidence to suggest that there is ‘a role for facial expressions in the pathophysiology and treatment of mood disorders’.
In simpler, less scientific terms, that means our moods and emotions are in a way related to our face.
One of the researchers also noted in detail that lifting and firming treatments like Botox and dermal filler injections ‘‘interrupt feed from the facial musculature to the brain, which may be involved in the development and maintenance of negative emotions.’’
Collagen is No Longer a Beauty Buzzword
Collagen has long been a buzzword in beauty and aesthetics circles, but sometimes even the longest-running trends can also run out of style.
Collagen remains one of beauty’s worst kept secret, but there is a new kid on the beauty block, and it is Hyaluronic Acid.
Aesthetic treatments like fillers used to contain collagen as its main component, but ever since there have been countless reports of skin allergies stemming from skin coming into contact with collagen, scientists have worked long and hard to find a replacement that is safe for all with heightened efficiency levels.
They seem to have found the answer to be Hyaluronic Acid, a molecule that has the capacity to hold 1000 times the weight of water.
It has not only replaced collagen in fillers, but its hydrating prowess has spawned a spate of non-invasive beauty procedures like the groundbreaking Youth Preserve, a new-age skin remodeling treatment that lifts, firms and even sculpts the face.