In the quest for smoother and younger-looking skin, getting cosmetic injections has become a very popular option. “Many people opt for this type of treatment because it’s quick, easy and effective,” says Edgewater, MD, dermatologist Sanjiv Saini, MD. If you’re looking to get injectables for the first time, here are five things to keep in mind before you go.
Know Which One Is Right For You
Different types of injectables and fillers address different concerns and therefore yield different types of results. Neurotoxins (like Botox, Dysport and Xeomin) are great for addressing wrinkles, crow’s-feet and frown lines by blocking the nerve preceptors that cause those signs of aging to form. Hyaluronic acid fillers help restore moisture and plumpness to aging skin, while gels like Juvéderm get rid of those lines around your nose and mouth.
Choose the right doctor
Once you decide which injectable is right for you, the next step is to find the right doctor to do your procedure. Besides looking at whether a doctor is certified, you also need to make sure they have experience and a good track record with patients (take a look at their before-and-after photos and testimonials), and can give you a realistic assessment of how effective the treatment will be.
Injectables Aren’t a One-Time Treatment
As much as we would like to have the effects of one treatment forever, it will eventually wear off. Depending on what type of filler you use, it may last anywhere from four months to three years. That’s why it’s important to plan on going back to your doctor for another treatment to keep up that youthful appearance.
Follow the Doctor’s Orders
To get the most out of your experience with injectables, be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions for before and after the procedure. Things like not taking aspirin a few days before the procedure and not rubbing or scratching the treated areas can make all the difference between a great and not-so-great anti-aging treatment.
Don’t Plan Big Events
Because you may experience some swelling and bruising immediately following your procedure, it’s not a great idea to schedule any big events around your appointment. Allow yourself a week or two to fully recover, as well as let your filler fully set in.