Year after year, injectables top the charts as the most popular cosmetic procedures. Last year alone, a record breaking 6.7 million botulinum toxin treatments and 2.3 million soft tissue treatments were performed. Millions of men and women are enjoying a younger, rejuvenated look without downtime or surgery thanks to injectables. Are you?
We created this guide to help patients prepare for their first injectable treatment. We want to help you have a positive first experience. 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 injectable, but for many patients we may recommend a combination of treatments (for example: Botox® between the brows and Juvéderm® 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 Freezers
When we say injectables, we are typically referring to two different types of treatments: fillers and freezers. Soft tissue fillers include products like Juvéderm®, Belotero®, or Restylane®. They add volume and fill in areas by injecting in a gel-like substance (often hyaluronic acid). Freezers are products made from the botulinum toxin type A and include Botox® and Dysport. These products work by halting muscle activity and allowing wrinkles caused by muscle movement to smooth. Both fillers and freezer are effective options, but they do work differently and have different targeted uses.
Know What to Expect
Many patients are nervous before their first injectable treatment. You may feel a bit of discomfort during treatment, but most patients find that injectables aren’t that painful. The needle used is very fine and many injectables contain a numbing agent. We also use a numbing cream before treatment to increase your comfort. Treatment is 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), 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 (a supplier of injectable products) and an ACE Speaker Trainer for Allergan.
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 first injectable treatment.