Thinking about getting a cosmetic injectable treatment to enhance your looks? Well, you are not alone. Did you know that fillers are amongst the top two minimally invasive cosmetic procedures? If you are hoping to add to that number, here is a list of six things you should know before getting the treatment:
Learn Who is Behind the Cosmetic Injectable Needle
The success of the cosmetic treatment is heavily dependent on the person doing them. While it isn’t the only factor determining the outcome, it is certainly the most important one. It is similar to getting a haircut. If you had a bad one, who is to be blamed? Definitely the hairdresser. Look out for different injectors in your area. Do some research on their credentials and experience. Look for a review on authentic websites and ask friends and family who have had the treatment done.
Sometimes, word of mouth is the best way to find an incredible injector. However, we would still recommend digging deeper.
Your Budget Plays an Important Role
Like any other treatment, your budget comes into play. The prices of cosmetic injectables vary start from $500 to $2,000 per syringe. So, if you are paying $50 to $100 per treatment, it is sort of a red flag. Shady practices are unfortunately very common, and that is why people end up with botched faces. Moreover, injectables are not only a one-time treatment. Most people need multiple treatments to achieve the desired results. So, you have to save more than the first treatment.
You need to have realistic expectations from cosmetic injectables. Even though cosmetic injectables work like magic, not everyone can achieve Angelina Jolie’s lips. Hence, bringing celebrity photographs to the appointment won’t be of much help. You can surely have an idea of how you want your face to look but always ask the injector to share his/her recommendation on what will suit your face best and what can be realistically achieved.
Similarly, it is important to remember that every person will have different results based on what their facial anatomy looks like and what results they wish to achieve. Never compare your results to a friend or someone you saw online. It is very important to manage your expectations. You cannot expect to look like an entirely different person, and the other person shouldn’t expect to look like you. There is a limit to what can and cannot be achieved with cosmetic injectables.
Actual Product Used During the Procedure
Let me tell you one thing, there are a lot more types of cosmetic injectable treatment options than you think. It is very important to educate yourself on multiple options. While botulinum toxin is sold by different names, the product is essentially the same. However, dermal fillers come in all shapes and sizes and have a huge variety. Some of the most popular options include Restylane, Juvéderm, and Belotero Balance. While they are all made of the same thing, there are multiple differences in how the particles of hyaluronic acid are linked together, which will give you slightly different results.
All these brands have slightly different particle sizes and are suited for different face parts. Some work well as a lip filler, while others work amazingly well for adding volume to the cheeks. It is important to select the right product for your unique needs.
Pre and Post-Appointment Measures
Most people ignore this factor. However, it is the most important one. Most of the cosmetic injectable treatment options are minimally invasive in nature and can be performed in minutes. It doesn’t mean you don’t have to follow certain pre and post-treatment instructions.
When it comes to Botox, there isn’t anything you need to do before the procedure. It is truly a lunchtime procedure. However, there are certain things you need to be mindful of after it. Do not exercise for 24 to 48 hours after the treatment. Avoid bowing your head down during the first four hours after the treatment. You can ask your injector about cold compress as well.
Fillers are an entirely different story. Most people experience bruising and swelling post-treatment, especially if you get it on the lips. Avoid getting the treatment done at least 48 hours before any major event in your life. Avoid taking aspirin, Aleve, Advil, Motrin, and fish oil supplements for at least two weeks before getting the fillers. Right after the treatment, avoid getting any dental work done for a week after getting the filler. Stay clear of blood thinning medications for at least a week after the treatment.
Longevity of the Results
Multiple factors come into play when it comes to the longevity of the results. For instance, the product use, the amount injected, and the placement will determine how long the results will last. As a general rule of thumb, Botulinum toxin will last around 4 to 6 months. Hyaluronic acid fillers typically last anywhere from six to eighteen months.
This will give you a chance to access the results. You can continue the treatment if you want to keep looking a certain way. On the contrary, if you don’t like the results, you can always get the hyaluronic acid fillers reversed. The injector can inject the enzyme to dissolve the fillers. Botulinum toxin cannot be reversed. So, it is better to start small. If you like the results, you can always get more.
Whether you are hoping to get surgical or non-surgical treatment, it is important to get yourself fully educated on the subject. Dive deeper, do some research and then decide to commit to the procedure. Make sure to follow all the instructions of your provider before and after the treatment to get the best outcome.
We hope you found this post informative and helpful. If you have any more questions regarding cosmetic injectables or would like to book a consultation, leave them down in the comments section below.