Are you considering getting cosmetic injectable treatments for the first time? Then there are a few things you should know about these products, how they work, and what you can expect from treatment. Whether you’re ready to get Botox, dermal filler, or Kybella injections, it’s important to not only choose a qualified provider but also to understand what to expect in terms of price and product results.
Here are five things you should know about getting cosmetic injectables so you can make an informed decision about the treatments that are best for you.
1. Do Your Research on the Provider Behind the Needle
The results you get from any cosmetic injectable are largely determined by the experience and skill of the provider performing the injections. These days, so many providers offer Botox and dermal fillers that you must be very careful about who you decide to trust with your treatment.
If you know someone who looks amazing after getting injectables, ask that person who they go to. Otherwise, do your research on every provider you’re considering. Providers don’t have to be an M.D. to administer cosmetic injectables, but they absolutely need to carry the proper licensing to perform these treatments. Intensive training and ongoing education are also important, so don’t hesitate to ask providers about their credentials and how they were trained.
Asking for before-and-after photos can also be helpful, so you can see the type of results previous patients got. Once you find a provider who seems promising, schedule a consultation to discuss your treatment goals and any concerns you may have.
2. You Get What You Pay For
When it comes to cosmetic injectables, treatment cost is a good indicator of the type of results you can expect. So if you want amazing results, expect to pay for them.
Although the price of Botox, Dysport, Sculptra, Kybella, and dermal fillers varies from office to office, you should expect to pay several hundred to a few thousand dollars per treatment. So if you come across an office advertising prices that seem too good to be true — like a Groupon deal for $50 Botox — don’t jump at the opportunity to save yourself some cash.
If you do, chances are you won’t be satisfied with your results. And depending on the cosmetic injectable you get, it could take months for a botched job to fade away.
3. Familiarize Yourself With Various Cosmetic Injectables
Chances are there are more types of cosmetic injectables available than you even realize. It’s important to have at least a basic understanding of how these products work and the results they produce, so you know which ones are right for your needs.
Here’s a brief overview of some of the most-requested cosmetic injectables on the market:
- Hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers. Products like Juvederm, Volbella, and Restylane contain HA, which restores fullness and adds volume and structure to various areas of the face.
To learn more about how these products work and what you can expect from treatment, check out Dermal Fillers: Dispelling 11 Common Myths and What Areas of the Face Can Dermal Fillers Treat?
4. Proper Pre- and Post-Injection Care
Although cosmetic injectables are minimally invasive and the injection process takes just a few minutes, knowing how to prepare for the procedure is important. Here are some of the most crucial things you’ll need to know to ensure you’re properly prepared:
- Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours before your appointment.
- Avoid using topical products like Tretinoin, Retinol, and certain facial acids for a couple of days before your appointment.
- Avoid tweezing, waxing, or bleaching hairs in the treatment area during the 48 hours leading up to your appointment.
- Avoid blood-thinning medications and supplements for approximately one week before your appointment.
When your injections are complete, there are also a few aftercare tips you should know to help ensure optimal results. They include:
- Do not exercise for at least four hours after your appointment (24-48 hours is even better).
- Avoid putting your head in a downward position for at least four hours after the procedure.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours after your injections.
- Don’t book any type of dental procedure immediately after your injections. Try to schedule dental work a few weeks away from your injectable appointment as it may increase the risk of product migration or post-procedure infection.
New research also suggests that icing the treatment area could slow down your body’s uptake of the injectable you get, especially if you get Botox or Dysport. Your provider will fill you in on proper post-treatment care at your appointment, and he or she should also fill you in on pre-treatment prep instructions at your consultation.
5. Timeframe for Recovery, Results, and Product Lasting Power
Knowing what to expect in terms of recovery and results after you get cosmetic injectables is also important. Keep in mind, though, that each person’s skin is unique, so although you can have a general idea of what to expect, your results may vary a little.
Here’s an overview of what you can expect as far as recovery timelines and results from various cosmetic injectables.
When you get Botox or Dysport injections, you should start to notice changes in the appearance of your skin within hours. Those results will continue to get better over the three to five days after your appointment, with maximum results appearing about two weeks after treatment.
As for recovery, you should expect the treatment area(s) to be a little sore and you may notice some minor bruising as well. Those after-effects should dissipate within a few days max. Generally, results from Botox and Dysport last for approximately three to four months, but for some people, they can last as little as two months or as long as six months.
Curious what Botox can treat? Check out 6 Things You Might Not Know About Botox for some useful information!
When you get dermal fillers, you can expect the treatment area(s) to be sore and even a little bruised for a couple of days after the procedure. You’ll notice results immediately after treatment, and those results will continue to improve over 24-48 hours after your appointment.
Lasting power for fillers really depends on the type of filler you get. Some products last six to 12 months while others last up to five years.
For more information on what you can expect with these products, check out Considering Dermal Fillers? What You Should Know.
Schedule a Free Cosmetic Injectable Consultation at Arijai Aesthetics
If you’re interested in getting any type of cosmetic injectable, our team at Arijai Aesthetics would love to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. We specialize in a wide variety of injectables, skin care treatments, and cosmetic procedures and are proud to see patients from all over the U.S. at our Burnsville, MN clinic.
To learn more or set up a free consultation, please call our office at 952-435-0605. You can also request a consultation online, and we’ll reach out to get you scheduled.