The aesthetics world is growing at an astronomical rate as it was estimated to be worth approximately $63.5 billion in 2021 and this number has only continued to grow.
Due to this extensive market, there is a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to ways to age optimally. It seems as though products experts previously swore by are then featured in “never-use-this-again,” articles shortly after.
We’re here to help you navigate the trends of the aesthetics world by debunking the latest beauty myths and highlighting effective ways you can improve the way you look and feel.
Debunking Aesthetics Myths
Myth: Botox is Toxic and We Don’t Know the Long-Term Effects
Although Botox is considered a “neurotoxin,” few know it is actually derived from a bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, which is relatively harmless in its natural state. Once this bacterium is utilized for Botox, it is considered inactive. it is utilized for Botox, this bacterium is considered inactive.
Plus, Botox has been used since the 1980s (and was FDA-approved in 1989), meaning its effects have been studied for close to 40 years.
Because it has been studied extensively for decades, Botox is an effective treatment method for numerous conditions:
Botox can target certain muscular mechanisms that are involved in the development of migraines. Injections can be administered in the head and neck as often as every 12 weeks to keep the muscles relaxed, limiting or alleviating migraine pain. The FDA approved the use of Botox for chronic migraines in 2010.
A study published in 2014 in the Journal of Anesthesia & Analgesia investigated Botox as a way to treat muscle pain, mainly in the neck and shoulder area. The study, which consisted of 114 people, found that majority of participants did experience relief after they received the injections.
Overactive Bladder Botox is also FDA-approved to treat those with an overactive bladder condition and for those who cannot use or do not experience relief from traditional medication. This is because Botox can relax the muscles in the bladder that squeeze too often or without warning. This can resolve any issues of frequent urination.
Sweat is produced when muscles around the sweat glands contract, squeezing fluid out. Botox can paralyze these muscles, significantly decreasing the amount of sweat produced.
Other Conditions Botox is not FDA-approved to treat the following conditions but there is some evidence it can be a beneficial treatment method:
- Pain during intercourse
- Premature ejaculation
- Abnormal heartbeat
- Severely cold hands
- Cleft lip scars in infants
Holtorf Aesthetics’ physicians are experts at delivering Botox and other cutting-edge aesthetic services, tailoring them to your unique needs.
Myth: The Only Way to Address Wrinkles is With Botox
Botox is a great method for addressing signs of aging, but it is far from the only option. Holtorf Aesthetic patients are loving the Icon laser, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles through the use of microbeams. This skin resurfacing technique emits energy into the skin, triggering the body’s natural healing process. This activates and creates new, healthy tissue while increasing collagen production resulting in younger-looking skin.
The Icon laser’s technology has been developed to safely improve both fine lines and deep, difficult-to-treat wrinkles on various parts of the body including the stubborn lines and creases around the eyes, mouth, and face.
On the day of the procedure, your doctor will apply a topical anesthetic to the area being treated. Next, the skin will be cleansed of any excess oil, dirt, and bacteria. The Icon laser will then be used on the desired area. Typically, the procedure does not take more than 30 minutes. You will see improvement immediately following the treatment as the skin imperfections slowly disappear through the body’s natural healing process and over time, the results will continue to get better. Some results will take longer to notice than others and multiple treatments may be necessary to achieve your desired result. Following treatment, your skin may be more sensitive, so it is recommended to limit sun exposure while you are healing for optimal results.
Icon is a treatment that is able to address various problems and concerns and can be used on many different skin types. So, if you want to improve the overall look and feel of your skin, Icon may be the perfect option for you.
Myth: Skincare Products Are The Best Way To Enhance Your Glow
Skincare routines are all the rage, in fact, the average woman uses 12 such products containing 168 different chemicals each day. Learn more about chemicals in the beauty industry here
While high-quality skincare products may be reliable way to slow the aging process, we now have access to advanced medical services that can actually reverse the aging process:
NAD+ IV Therapy
NAD stands for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide and this molecule reacts with oxygen in every cell of the body, specifically in the mitochondria.
NAD is required for several cellular functions, particularly those involving the Krebs cycle conversion of nutrients. NAD helps convert proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals to ATP, the body’s energy molecule that helps perform essential functions.
NAD is needed for vital bodily functions including energy production, breathing, pumping blood, and much more. A lack of this cellular fuel is common in conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), depression, anxiety, and even addiction issues.
As a cofactor, NAD is involved in hundreds of enzymatic reactions such as DNA repair and chromosomal stability. Issues with DNA repair and even DNA damage are linked to chronic health problems and certain types of cancers. Other enzymatic reactions that NAD is involved in include:
- The communication and signaling between immune cells
- The body’s ability to decrease inflammation
- The prevention of oxidative stress
- The production of neurotransmitters
- The body’s circadian rhythm and sleep cycle
- The activity of sirtuins (aid in longevity)
- The production of telomere (which can affect longevity and lifespan) As we age, our natural supply of NAD decreases. In fact, we lose approximately 40% of our NAD levels by the age of 40.
This leads to stereotypical signs of aging such as sluggishness, lack of mental clarity, fatigue, and more. By naturally supporting your body’s supply of NAD with NAD IV Therapy, you can experience a variety of mental and physical benefits including:
- Improve Mental Clarity
- Enhance Mental & Physical Energy
- Boost Immunity
- Support Vascular & Heart Health
And, most notably, reverse signs of aging. NAD Therapy is often nicknamed “The Fountain of Youth” because it is not only anti-aging, it can actually reverse signs of aging.
This is because NAD activates certain enzymes that can help promote healthy aging. Studies have shown NAD helps repair damaged DNA, improves stress resistance, and reduces inflammation, all of which help minimize the effects of aging.
Moreover, low levels of NAD are associated with common age-related issues such as an increased occurrence of sunburn, skin cancer, decreased metabolism and thyroid hormones, and a decrease in cellular antioxidants.
It is important to remember that aesthetics is not just about how you look, but how you feel. With today’s advanced medicine and wellness technology, you can feel and look younger for longer.
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