Our Beginner’s Guide to Injectables and Fillers
Injectables are having a moment – and we’re absolutely here for it. We no longer speak about fillers and Botox in hushed tones or with any judgment. We proudly give the names of our technicians to our friends with pride and excitement.
While the mainstream acceptance of these lovely cosmetic treatments is something to be celebrated, it also creates the opportunity for those with less-than-honorable intentions to swoop on the scene and ruin it for the rest of us.
That’s why it’s critical to do your research before going under the needle — no excuses!
WHERE TO START: LICENSED TECHNICIANS AND EXPECTATIONS
We don’t mean to sound like a broken record but knowing who’s wielding the needle is the first and, arguably, most important step you should take before any procedure. Any place that’s worth their salt will ask you to book a consultation before they start poking and prodding you. Use that consultation to ask questions, see before and after photos, learn about their experience, and understand what to expect from the procedure.
That brings us to the next step in the process: make sure you have appropriate expectations. You may have goals in mind, and that’s wonderful! Bring those goals to your technician. Some experts have suggested even bringing in a photo of you in your 20s, as it’s an accurate representation of your face at its freshest. If you’re working with someone who has the experience, they’ll be able to give you realistic suggestions for your most youthful, natural look.
THE THREE TYPES OF INJECTABLES
There are three types of injectables: neuromodulators (think: Botox, Dysport, and Jeuveau), dermal fillers based on hyaluronic acid (think: Restylane and Juvéderm) or based on non-hyaluronic acid (think: Radiesse), and Kybella, based on an acid that dissolves small amounts of fat.
Many technicians use combinations of these to achieve the results you desire. When discussing your options, be sure to understand why each formula is being used and what look will be achieved by asking questions.
A needle waving in front of your face may not be your idea of a good time, but we assure you that the procedure’s pain is minimal at best. Not only are these minimally invasive procedures relatively painless, the recovery time is as quick as are the results.
Fillers can cause some swelling and bruising, so it’s vital to discuss what to expect with your technician as far as recovery and your desired result window.
Like we’ve already mentioned, a legitimate technician will more than likely set up a consultation with you and be able to answer any question you have about the products, what to expect, and their professional experience. Don’t risk your health to save a dime!
If you’re looking for a comprehensive treatment, please give us a call today, and we’ll be happy to schedule a consultation!