Augmented Reality: Patient Experience Trumps Misconceptions Around Injectables

Posted By Madilyn Moeller, Thursday, April 27, 2023


New global research, sponsored by Galderma and released by leading filler brand Restylane, has revealed the prevalent societal misconceptions and stereotypes facing the aesthetics industry. Forty percent of respondents admitted they would discourage others from using facial injectables to reduce wrinkles or provide volume. A further 34% said they believed the results of such treatments look fake and unnatural.

Despite holding these views, when the same respondents were presented with a range of images of people who had undergone filler treatments, the data told another story. On average, 4 out of 5 people could not always identify those who had received filler. This highlights the common misconceptions about these types of treatments and the results they deliver.

The perceptions surrounding the use of temporary fillers stand in stark contrast to those around the use of permanent beauty treatments such as tattoos, body piercings and dental corrections. Tattoos and body piercings are primarily seen as a positive form of self-expression (30% of respondents agreed for tattoos, and 24% for body piercings). Teeth straightening is viewed by 47% of respondents as a great way to enhance your appearance. Meanwhile, over a third of respondents (35%) believe fillers create unrealistic beauty standards and ideals, while 26% feel they can easily become addictive and 24% say they are an extreme option.

However, Restylane patient feedback data shows that 96% of people who used fillers felt their treatment exceeded expectations, and 95% of patients had maintained or enhanced the naturalness of their facial expressions after treatment.

The prevalence of societal judgements and the impact they have on how people behave are laid bare in the study. Only 11% of respondents said they would be supportive if a friend or family member told them they were considering using fillers. In contrast, according to Restylane patient feedback, 99% of those who have received treatment would recommend Restylane to a friend.

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