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Injectables for Newbies: Tips for a Successful 1st Experience

injectables for newbiesYear after year, injectables top the charts as the most popular cosmetic procedures. Millions of men and women are enjoying a younger, rejuvenated look without downtime or surgery thanks to injectables. Are you? Read more below about injectables for newbies.

In May of 2020, the Aesthetic Society reported the following numbers for injectable treatments completed in the U.S. by board certified plastic surgeons:

  • Botulinum Toxin (including Botox, Dysport, Xeomin) 1,712,994 procedures
  • Hyaluronic Acid (including Juvederm Ultra, Ultra Plus, Voluma, Perlane, Restylane, Belotero) 749,409 procedures

If you haven’t tried injectables yet, it might be time to see what all the fuss is about!  Literally millions of people are enjoying a more youthful appearance thanks to these safe, tested, and FDA-cleared treatments.

We created this guide to help patients prepare for their first injectable treatment. We want to help you have a positive first experience with these injectable for newbies tips. Don’t hesitate to ask us any questions you may have.

Don’t Be Afraid to Combine

Different injectables work best in different situations. Some patients may get the results they want with just one facial injectable, but for many patients we may recommend a combination of treatments (for example: Botox between the brows and Juvederm for lines in the lips). Don’t be afraid to try multiple injectable products at once. You don’t have to know the best uses for each product; we can make recommendations for your problem areas.

Know the Difference Between Fillers and Neuromodulators

When we say injectables, we are typically referring to two different types of treatments: fillers and freezers. Soft tissue fillers include products like Juvederm, Belotero, or Restylane. They add volume and fill in areas by injecting in a gel-like substance (most often hyaluronic acid). Fillers can be used to create more shapeliness to lips, cheeks, temples, the jawline, and so much more.  Neuromodulators on the other hand are products made from the botulinum toxin type A like Botox, Dysport and Jeuveau that target dynamic facial wrinkles. These products work by halting muscle activity and allowing wrinkles to soften and smooth. Both fillers and neuromodulators are effective options for noninvasive facial rejuvenation, but they do work differently and have different targeted uses.

Know What to Expect – Injectables for Newbies

Many patients are nervous before their first injectable treatment. You may feel a small amount of discomfort during treatment, but most patients find that injectables aren’t painful. The needle used is very fine and many injectables contain a numbing agent within the solution to make the treatment very comfortable. We also use a numbing cream before treatment to further increase your comfort. Treatment doesn’t take very long and can be over in just a few minutes.

After treatment you can generally resume your regular activities immediately. Most injectables require no downtime. You may have a bit of redness or swelling, but this can typically be covered with makeup and should fade quickly.

Maintain Your Look

When you love your new look (and we’re certain you will), be sure to maintain it. Injectables are temporary, but you can keep up the results with regular maintenance treatments.

“Injectables are a great way to avert the changes we face as we age.  Early intervention is key to obtain a subtle, natural look”, states Meena Patel, RN, BSN a certified aesthetic nurse specialist and advanced certified nurse injector for Hunstad Kortesis Bharti Plastic Surgery + MedSpa. Meena is also a Peer to Peer Injection Trainer for Galderma (the maker of Dysport and Restylane fillers) and an ACE Speaker Trainer for Allergan (the maker of Botox and Juvederm fillers).

We’ll help you create a treatment schedule so you can maintain your results. We offer injectable treatments at both our Huntersville and Southpark locations to ensure that you have a convenient location for your first and follow up treatments. Our Southpark location specializes in injectables and other minimally invasive treatments.

If you’re an injectables newbie, come see why these treatments are so popular. Look your best without surgery or downtime. Call today and schedule your consultation.