Cosmetic injectables and injectable fillers are becoming an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure for both anti-aging and increasing volume in the skin.
If you are considering getting injectable fillers, here are 10 things you should know!
- There is A Difference Between Botox and Fillers
- How Long Injectables and Fillers Last
- The Side Effects of Injectables and Fillers
- Go to a Certified Dermatologist of Aesthetic Spa
- Be Informed of Where the Injectable is Coming From
- Beware of Cheap Injectables
- Do Not Take Blood Thinners Before Getting a Cosmetic Injectable
- Preventative Botox is Not Just a Buzzword, It Works
1. There is A Difference Between Botox and Fillers
Many people believe that Botox and fillers are interchangeable. However, these two injectables have two different purposes and are made of different substances.
Botox is a form of neuromodulator that aims to block the action of certain nerves. Botox, and other neuromodulators, like Dysport, relax nerves to remove the lines created by muscle contractions in the face.
On the other hand, fillers can be made of a range of different substances, most commonly hyaluronic acid. Fillers add volume wherever the patient desires, such as the lips and cheeks. Although they both work against aging, fillers can also replace other cosmetic surgeries.
For example, fillers can be used to correct the shape of the nose without an invasive procedure.
2. How Long Injectables and Fillers Last
Different injectables last different amounts of time, and some, like fillers, can be dissolved if necessary.
Botox lasts anywhere from 3-6 months, depending on the person and how many treatments they have had.
In terms of other neuromodulators, platelet-rich plasma treatment lasts about a year and often requires touch-ups, and aqua gold micro-needling treatment lasts 4-6 months, similar to Botox.
Fillers, on the other hand, can last for different amounts of time based on the type. For example, calcium fillers which are used for deeper lines last 12-14 months, while hyaluronic acid fillers, like Juvederm, last 5-24 months.
3. The Side Effects of Injectables and Fillers
Like all other cosmetic procedures, injectables and fillers have side effects. However, considering the non-invasive nature of these procedures, the side effects are mild and fade quickly.
After getting neuromodulator injections, like Botox and filler injections, patients often see bruising, similar to that of getting a shot at the doctor’s office.
If you notice any side effects more serious than bruising and soreness, contact a medical professional. In both cases, the major side effects only arise from getting injections from someone who lacks experience.
4. Go to a Certified Dermatologist of Aesthetic Spa
There are many reasons for going to a certified dermatologist or aesthetic spa to get injections and fillers. The cheap alternatives on the market may seem tempting however, this could result in more serious side effects.
Aside from avoiding health complications, going to a professional ensures that the placement of the injections compliments your face, from your bone structure to how the muscles in your face move naturally.
We all look different when making facial expressions, and only a professional will know how to work with these movements to ensure your face looks natural.
5. Be Informed About Where the Injectable is Coming From
Just like most other products, cheaper alternatives mean compromising on quality.
Most dermatologists will tell you to beware of cheap injectables, warning that the price may be a sign that they could be potentially harmful.
To ensure that your injectables are safe, your doctor should be an official vendor of neurotoxins, like Botox or Dysport, and of other injectables.
It is important to know where your injectable is coming from, or you run the risk of them being expired or contaminated due to inadequate storage.
6. Beware of Cheap Injectables
As previously mentioned, cheap injectables are rarely worth it! Aside from checking the source of your injectables, cheap injectables present a whole set of risks.
For example, the reason your injectable might be cheap is that you are not getting a full dose, but rather a diluted version that will not be as effective.
In general, cheap injectables are often unsafe and are not being administered by a licensed doctor or med spa.
As prices fluctuate per city and part of the body, research what the average price for your desired treatment is so that you are aware in case a price seems to be a little too good to be true.
7. Do Not Take Blood Thinners Before Getting a Cosmetic Injectable
Although injectables are minor procedures with little downtime or preparation, it is important to take the right precautions before getting treatment.
One of the most important precautions is not to take blood thinners, such as Aspirin, before getting injectables.
Blood thinners keep blood from clotting, meaning you have a higher chance of bruising from a popped blood vessel if you choose to take blood thinners before getting injectables.
8. Preventative Botox is Not Just a Buzzword, It Works
Although many people roll their eyes at the idea of getting Botox before wrinkles appear on the skin, preventative Botox has proven to be highly effective.
Because neurotoxins relax the areas of the face where wrinkles form, injecting Botox before wrinkles form, prevents them from appearing. Instead of retroactively correcting fine lines, it ensures they don’t form in the first place.
So, if you plan to take a proactive approach to anti-aging, Botox and cosmetic injections are great options for you.