Hardware cosmetology over the past decade has made a giant leap in development both in terms of the spectrum of problems being solved, and in the variety of methods and methods of action – laser, radio waves, light, ultrasound, vacuum. To date, some of its technologies compete on an equal footing with plastic surgery. Such rapid successes have generated not only exaggerated enthusiasm, but also unflattering skepticism.
Thus, arose the main myth associated with hardware cosmetology, namely, with its capabilities in comparison with plastic surgery. In essence, this myth is two opposite statements. The first is that hardware cosmetology is a full-fledged alternative to plastic surgery. And the second – that, despite all the promises of advertising, hardware cosmetology and close does not hold out to plastic surgery.
Both these and other statements are a myth for one simple reason – hardware cosmetology and plastic surgery solve in principle different problems. Methods of hardware cosmetology improve the quality of the skin, and also affect the biochemical processes taking place in it. Plastic surgery does not affect the quality of the skin – it consists in excision of the excess skin flap with subsequent tension and filing of tissues.
For example, in the case of skin folds, hardware cosmetology affects the cause of their formation – increases the elasticity and turgor of the skin due to activation of the synthesis of collagen and elastin. A plastic surgery simply cuts off excess skin. Which of the two methods to choose depends on the nature of the problem. Therefore, it is incorrect to compare hardware cosmetology and plastic surgery in principle. Along with this main myth there are myths about certain procedures of hardware cosmetology. Here are just some of them.
The myth of photoepilation: “With the help of photoepilation, one can at once get rid of unwanted hair”
Photoepilation is the effect of pulsed light on the hair follicles. Susceptible to such exposure only those hairs that are in the phase of active growth. Their number is 25-30%. Thus, for complete epilation, three to four procedures are necessary. However, after this hair can appear again. The fact is that significantly the number of hair follicles is usually in a “dormant” state. Their awakening causes the appearance of new hairs. That’s why a complete disposal of unwanted hair can require up to 8-10 photoepilation procedures.
The myth of photorejuvenation: “Photorejuvenation acts instantaneously.”
In fact, photomicrography has a cumulative effect. Real results are achieved not less than 3-4 times. But they last a long time – even after the end of photorejuvenation sessions, the synthesis of collagen in the skin is more active, which ensures skin rejuvenation for a long time.
Myth of Thermage: “Thermage can eliminate any wrinkles on the face”
Thermage is exposure to radiofrequency radiation, which thickens the collagenous skeleton of the skin. Thanks to this, a lifting effect is achieved. This procedure increases the elasticity of the skin, but Botox injections are more suitable for eliminating facial wrinkles. With all its advantages, no procedure of hardware cosmetology can be a universal means of rejuvenation.