The signs of aging can be hard to dismiss. After all, every time you look at your face in the mirror, you will glimpse the inevitable results of time passing. As we mature, these indications of age may be more noticeable and less desirable.

Fortunately, there are many effective cosmetic treatment options available for those who prefer to keep their skin looking youthful. Many injectable treatment solutions are non-invasive, quick, cost-effective, and naturally beneficial for your skin’s collagen production processes. Dermal fillers are a great prospect to consider if you want to reduce the signs of aging without complicated procedures or huge expenditures.

Benefits of Injectables and What You Should Know Before Your First Session

Injectable dermal fillers are some of the easiest cosmetic treatments available for outpatient anti-aging appointments. Not only are they minimally invasive, but they are entirely non-surgical. However, before getting injectables, there are a few things that you should know. Below, we’ll go over some key facts so that you will be prepared if you choose this as your preferred cosmetic treatment solution.

1. A Consultation Comes First

Consultations are an important part of the cosmetic treatment process. During your initial cosmetic injectable consultation, you and your provider will establish a treatment plan. At this stage, you will discuss your aesthetic goals, the condition of your skin, and any medical issues that may interact with the injectables you are interested in.

The goal of your consultation is to provide you with safe and effective treatment for your individual needs. Your provider will gather information about you and your general medical history including previous cosmetic treatments and allergies. This information ensures that the best course of treatment is chosen and customized for your precise specifications, lifestyle, and ultimate aesthetic objectives.

2. Follow All Pre-Treatment Guidelines

After your initial consultation but before your first treatment appointment, a list of pre-treatment guidelines may be provided. These guidelines help to ensure that your treatment is successful.

Although guidelines for different procedures and injectables can vary, some general guidelines that may be given include:

  • Avoid taking Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, and fish oil for 1 week prior to your treatment
  • Steer clear of certain supplements like vitamin E for a few days before your treatment
  • Skip using products like retinol for a few days before your treatment

3. Understand The Injection Procedure Process

Different injectable dermal fillers have different session lengths. However, most treatment appointments last between 15 and 60 minutes. It will depend on how much work you want to have done during one session.

Typically, your face will be cleansed and a topical anesthetic will be applied to ensure that you do not experience discomfort during your treatment. Most clients report that injectable treatment sessions are quick and relatively painless. If you are particularly sensitive, sessions may be broken up into shorter sections. That way, you can take a moment to relax and use approved pain relievers.

4. Adhere to Any Post-Treatment Guidelines

Depending on the type of injectable you get, your post-treatment guidelines will differ slightly. If you choose a treatment such as Juvederm, for instance, you should be able to return to most of your regular activities right away. However, other treatments may require specific instructions to be followed. Following these guidelines will help you recover more easily and can also help to ensure that your treatment is effective and long-lasting.

Some post-treatment guidelines could include:

  • Avoiding pinching, squeezing or massaging of the treatment area for 5 to 12 days
  • Avoiding direct sun exposure
  • Avoiding or reduce strenuous activity or heat for up to one week
  • Using sunscreen or protecting your skin from ultraviolet exposure
  • Limiting your consumption of alcohol or avoiding alcohol entirely for at least 3 days prior
  • Sleeping elevated or on your back for the first couple of nights

(Depending on your individual situation, different advice or post-treatment guidelines may be given.)

5. Don’t Stress, Recovery Times are Often Quick

One of the greatest things about outpatient injectable treatments is that your recovery will likely be quick and easy. Depending on the type of treatment you get, you might even be able to return to your normal daily activities and be allowed to use makeup or apply skin care products on the same day.

Although redness and swelling may occur at the injection sites, these effects are temporary and usually resolve within a few hours. Most patients are fully recovered after getting injectable treatments in less than 10 days. However, for some, it can take two weeks to fully recover. It will all depend on your unique physiology, how much work you have done, and the type of treatment that you get.

Cosmetic Injectables FAQs

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are products like Juvederm, Restylane, Revanesse Versa, and more. These types of products are injected subcutaneously to improve the look of the skin and reverse the effects of aging.

What are neuromodulators?

Neuromodulators are products like Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, and Xeomin. These types of products are injected intramuscularly or in the surface layers of the skin to help tighten the skin and minimize fine lines and wrinkles.

When will you see results from injectables?

Numerous patients note noticing an instantaneous fullness of the face within just a few hours of completing an injectable treatment. Results become more obvious in the weeks following your session. Some hyaluronic acid injections grow more effective as everything settles and they can start stimulating quicker natural collagen production. Botox can take up to 72 hours for results to show.

How long do injectables last?

Depending on the type of injectable you get, you can expect the effects to last anywhere from two to eight months. At this point, you can receive additional treatments to extend your results. Generally, dermal fillers can last several months at a time. Juvederm Voluma can last up to 2 years or longer!

What do injectables and dermal fillers like Juvaderm or Botox feel like?

Dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Botox are injected beneath the skin. As such, some discomfort may be experienced. However, most dermal fillers and injectables are infused with numbing agents to make the process more comfortable. For instance, Juvederm Voluma and Ultra formulations come with lidocaine to reduce discomfort and numb application sites. So, clients often only feel a benign prick and then gentle pressure afterward.

Is the discomfort of injectables worth it?

Injectables are far less painful than most individuals think. Although there may be a slight prickling or tingling sensation at the application site, most people agree that dermal fillers are worth this inconsequential, short-term discomfort. With topical anesthetics and injectables that contain lidocaine, you probably won’t experience much, if any, pain at all.

Can more than one type of injectable be used?

Yes, dermal fillers can be combined with other cosmetic treatments in one session. Although, this process must be done correctly. If you are looking to treat multiple zones of your face during a single injectable session, more than one dermal filler type can be used at once. However, this does not mean that they can be mixed.

Sometimes known as a liquid facelift, the use of multiple dermal filler types during one lengthy cosmetic session helps you address numerous problem areas at the same time. This can be an efficient way to see significant results.

Bearing that in mind, certain fillers like Juvederm should not be used simultaneously on the same facial problem area. Fillers also should not be mixed at duplicate application sites during the same filler treatment session. This could cause complications. Otherwise, dermal filler combinations are generally considered safe and effective.

Even using Juvederm in correlation with other fillers is fine, provided that each injectable is going somewhere different. For instance, you could treat your lips with one filler and the hollow of your cheeks with another.

Learn More by Contacting Beauty Refined

If you would like to learn more about injectables and dermal fillers, please contact us at 303-957-8200. You can also book an appointment online. At Beauty Refined, we proudly offer cosmetic treatments in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Contact us today to find out how you can see yourself in a new light.