DO YOUR RESEARCH
In today’s market there are many different types of neurotoxins and dermal fillers, each of which address different concerns. Hyaluronic acid based fillers like Juvederm and Restylane, for example, are effective in restoring moisture and plumpness into the skin by attracting water to the treated area, while a neurotoxin like Botox or Dysport effectively reduces wrinkles by targeting overactive muscles.
It is helpful that patients understand what injectables are capable of treating and knowing what treatment results are most important to them. However, when it comes to selecting the right filler for your individual needs, the best source of knowledge will be your provider. If you go to an experienced injector, they should be able to guide you to the best course of treatment to achieve your desired results.
PICK THE RIGHT PROVIDER
Just like any other medical procedure selecting the right provider is of utmost importance. When deciding who to trust for your procedure, make sure each prospective provider has ample experience in using a variety of injectables and is properly (and currently) licensed. It’s always a good idea to review testimonials from previous patients or seek recommendations from friends or family.
Finally, you should be wary of outlets that advertise deep discount bargains. While huge discounts or Groupon deals might be appealing, often lower pricing stems from a provider’s lack of experience or desperation for new patients.
While they are long-lasting, the effects of injectables will eventually wear off. Typically results can last anywhere from four months to three years depending on the specific filler or neurotoxin used. Keep in mind that in order to maintain your desired results periodic maintenance treatments will be necessary.
ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR PROVIDER’S ORDERS
Be sure to follow all instructions provided by your provider both before and after your treatment. Failing to follow simple instructions like not taking an aspirin before the procedure or working out after the procedure can make all the difference between a great and not-so-great treatment.
CONSIDER RECOVERY TIME
While injectables require little to no downtime, some individuals will experience minor swelling or bruising immediately following the procedure, both of which subside on their own after a few days to a week. It’s recommended to allow for a full week to fully recover before attending any big event. Also keep in mind that some injectables can take some time for the full effects to kick in. While dermal filler results are more immediate, neurotoxin results can take up to two weeks for full effect.