Plump lips, wrinkle-free face, and perfectly-sculpted cheeks – these are the sweet promises dermal fillers have to offer. With the constant stream of flawless faces on television and social media, it’s no wonder that many are seeking cosmetic treatments for a selfie-ready face.

In the UK, the cosmetic surgery is worth around £3.6 billion, with Botox and dermal fillers consisting 9 out of 10 procedures. Crazy, right? But if you’ve been scouring the internet and found negative feedback about dermal fillers, the botched jobs are mainly caused by unqualified individuals. Dermal fillers are FDA-approved and medically safe, as long as it’s administered by licensed dermatologists.

Still skeptical? We are setting straight four myths about dermal fillers.

1. Botox and dermal fillers are the same

You might be thinking, “Aren’t Botox and fillers both used to eliminate wrinkles and fine lines?” Although that is true, Botox and fillers work differently. The former temporarily paralyzes muscles to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, like ‘freezing’ forehead lines so they don’t scrunch up when you make an expression. Fillers, on the other hand, smoothens the skin by filling in the wrinkles using hyaluronic acid. It adds volume and gets the plumping action going.

Dermal fillers look fake, and everyone will notice when you get one

Wrong! When done right, fillers will look natural. Dramatic changes are not the goal, subtlety is. That’s why it’s important to have it done by licensed aestheticians only. You don’t want to be having an extremely obvious trout pout especially when you’re coming from a thin lips situation.

Dermal fillers will make your skin sag.

Now, for the million dollar question: do fillers make your skin sag? Actually, they don’t. Many people believe that once you get dermal fillers, you have to keep doing it because the skin will sag. It stems from the logic that because fillers last for about six months to a year, you have to keep filling in the space that fillers have occupied; and if you don’t, the stretched skin will sag.

This is untrue. Fillers have no lasting effect on the skin, and you are not required to get more fillers in the future. Though fillers do stretch the skin lightly because it fills out tissues, your skin pretty much returns to its original state before you got fillers. Besides, the hyaluronic acid in fillers stimulates collagen production. Even when the fillers have dissolved, there’s still a rejuvenating residual effect.

Fillers are cheap and can be done by anyone.

Look. If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is. Doctors pay at least £100 per syringe, so if the price is less than that, start asking questions. Counterfeit botox and filler products can be bought off the internet, and anyone can claim that they can do your injections, even if they’re untrained. A woman in UK actually got a botched lip filler job from a Botox party, only finding out later that the person who gave her the injection was not a nurse, but an ex-convict. Remember to always consult the experts, like the doctors at Courthouse Clinics, to ensure safe treatments and great results.