Feeling confident and comfortable in your own skin is incredibly important, and some people find that Botox, fillers, and other cosmetic procedures help them achieve this. But it’s true that the best injectables are undetectable, meaning that you shouldn’t look like a completely different person after leaving the skincare clinic.
Botox can give both ladies and gentlemen a natural, youthful look while fillers can balance face symmetry, but the rise of injectable trends on social media has people taking things to a whole new and extreme level.
The concept of cosmetic enhancements really took off in 2016, when pouty, plump lips were used as a marketing tactic for selling lip kits like the one by Kylie Jenner. While we are all for plump, healthy-looking lips, it’s no surprise that some people are overdoing it due to social media’s influence.
Studies have found that social media directly influences peoples’ interest in cosmetic procedures. Through linking social platforms like Instagram and Facebook with Google searches, the study observed an increase in those searching for terms like “botox”, “Juvederm”, “dermatologist”, and “rhinoplasty”.
It’s perfectly safe to undergo cosmetic procedures as long as you’ve done your research and found a reputable clinic with trustworthy, highly trained staff. But if you find yourself falling victim to one of these botox trends seen on social media, make sure you really think it through before booking an appointment. It’s also important to remember that influencers, celebrities, and models use filters on social media, so what you’re seeing isn’t always the reality.
Buccal fat removal
The interest in this cosmetic procedure has skyrocketed thanks to social media. Celebrities like Chrissy Teigan have shared their face-slimming results and experience with the buccal fat removal procedure. This procedure must be done by a board-certified plastic surgeon and during the surgery, excess fat is removed from the cheeks to give a more defined jawline.
Unlike fillers and botox, the results of this procedure do not wear off so it’s important to be fully committed before making this big change in your appearance. Plus, if you overdo it, the procedure could cause your cheeks to become more hollow as you age or cheek asymmetry.
Barbie trap botox
Compared to some of the other procedures, this one seems pretty extreme. Trap botox (or traptox) requires the injection of botox into your trapezius muscles, which then gives shoulders a slimming, aesthetically pleasing look. It’s popular among the younger generations and brides-to-be who are looking to have sculpted, slim shoulders for their big wedding day.
This procedure involves the injection of Botox into the masseter muscles around your jawline. In addition to reducing tension in the jaw, it can provide the appearance of a slimmer jawline and even out facial proportions. Getting masseter botox is a quick and relatively painless procedure but like other botox and filler injections, you’ll have to return for another treatment within three to six months. Because of this frequency, injectables can be a pricey habit to commit to but they can be stopped at any time.
This trend has become very popular among younger generations as it’s the act of undergoing botox, fillers, and other minimally invasive procedures to prevent the visible signs of aging. Many adults turn to prejuvenation between the ages of 25 to 30, which is when volume loss starts to decrease in the face. This trend is otherwise known as preventative botox as it paralyzes the muscles that make the facial expressions known for creating deep wrinkles and fine lines.
There’s nothing wrong with getting a cosmetic procedure here and there to boost your self-confidence. But remember that you don’t need to follow every social media trend to be considered beautiful. The perception of beauty on social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok is often unattainable and unrealistic, and shouldn’t be considered the “standard” for women or men.
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