Allergan’s top selling product, Botox, generates about US$2.8 billion of sales annually. Botox treatment consistently ranks among the top three non-surgical aesthetic treatments globally. Dermal filler treatments are also not lagging far behind in popularity.

While many people may have heard about these non-surgical treatments, they are often shrouded in mystery and rumor. With the wide range of botulinum toxin and dermal fillers available in the market, people are spoilt for choice.

We speak to Dr. Siew Tuck Wah, Medical Director of Radium Medical Aesthetics to tell us the truth about these treatments and dispel some common myths that people have.

Botox and dermal fillers are used to treat the same problems

To a layman, it may seem like Botox and dermal fillers do the same thing i.e. reduce wrinkles on the skin. This is true to a certain extent, but they address wrinkles in different ways.

Botox is usually used for fine lines and wrinkles that are dynamic in nature. This means that these wrinkles only appear when people make an expression, and they disappear when the face is at rest. Botox works by temporarily relaxing the muscles so that their actions and movements are limited for a period of time.

On the other hand, dermal fillers are used to ‘fill’ deeper lines and wrinkles that are permanently etched on the face even when the face is at rest. Dermal filler treatments are usually used to make the skin look more youthful and smooth.

Botox and dermal fillers cannot be done at the same time

Although both treatments are different, they can be administered at the same time. Contrary to popular belief, Botox and dermal fillers do not have any adverse counter-reaction. In fact, many aesthetic doctors in Singapore combine both treatments to give impressive results.

In fact, doctors believe that the longevity of the treatment is extended when both treatments are combined.

It is easy to be addicted to Botox and dermal filler treatments

This is one of the most common misconceptions that people have. While you cannot be physically addicted to Botox and dermal fillers, you can possibly be hooked on to the aesthetically-pleasing results.

There was a study done in Britain in 2006 that four out of ten Botox users have a compulsion to use it on a regular basis. They reportedly feel insecure and feel that they are not able to restore their youthful appearance without getting the treatments on a regular basis.

Botox treatments produce frozen faces

Botox has an undeniably bad reputation because of the frozen faces of celebrities we see on television.

“When Botox is overused or injected in the wrong area, you will end up looking unnatural and frozen. It is very important that your doctor is experienced and understand the anatomy of your face,” says Dr. Siew.

An experienced doctor will be able to achieve natural and beautiful results using very little amounts of Botox.

Repeating the treatments is necessary

This is also one of the most common myths that people believe in. Botox and dermal fillers will not make your skin look worse than before the treatment.

In fat, people who stop undergoing the treatments will gradually see signs of aging again but will not see a worsening of the skin condition.

Radium Medical Aesthetics is a medical aesthetic clinic in Singapore that offers a wide range of non-surgical anti-aging treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers. Dr. Siew is also one of the few appointed trainers in Singapore for several brands of dermal fillers.

Author's Bio: 

Medical aesthetics is not about making yourself look better by fixing a wrinkle, a scar or a pimple. It is a journey to make you feel better about yourself, building your self-confidence and self-esteem.

Our name itself: Radium - Latin for “Ray”, embodies our spirit and philosophy: to always give you our best, and illuminate the way for you to pursue confidence & exude radiance, both inside and out.

At Radium Medical Aesthetics, we aim to help you achieve a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit that promotes a better quality of life. We help to invigorate you to make that change, through in-house proprietary medical aesthetic solutions, specially tailored to suit your needs.

Medical aesthetic treatments we offer such as lasers, non-invasive skin-lifting, filler injections, botox, thread lifts and chemical peels are U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved and/or Conformité Européene (CE) marked. We also offer medical facials and RadiumTM – our proprietary skin care range, both specially designed to work synergistically with your treatments and give you the best possible outcome you wish to achieve.

Our experienced team of nurses and therapists is led by Medical Director Dr. Siew Tuck Wah. Dr. Siew has been practicing aesthetic medicine for more than ten years, making him currently one of the most sought-after doctors offering safe and effective medical aesthetic treatments.

Dr. Siew has a keen interest in non-invasive medical aesthetic procedures for facial contouring and rejuvenation. We understand that many of our clients are looking for maximum results with minimum downtime. Ensuring positive results with your safety in mind is our priority.