Injections are for everyone who wants to look younger, healthier, and more vibrant. But, no one wants to look like they have had work done. We are all guilty of people watching and wondering if that person has had work on their face. Here at Millefiori, I believe in the less is more approach to getting injections.
Luckily as technology has improved over the years there have been huge advances in the cosmetic industry!! From Botox to the new fat dissolver Kybella and the extra smooth long-lasting injection like Vollure. Now providers are artist and are able to achieve natural looking results by taking things slow and adding small increments over time.
Here are my tips and tricks to make the most out of your injections experience.
Know where the injectable products you are purchasing came from. Allergan, Merz, and Galderma at the top 3 manufactures for fillers or injections. To make sure the office you are at is providing legit products look them up on the manufactures website.
For example, Allergan has a provider locator where you search by zip code and it will only show accounts that they sell products to.
Watch out for bargains. Everyone loves to get a deal, that’s human nature. But watch out for deal that sound like they are too good to be true.
If the price is questionably low you may be getting a diluted product. Or the product may be from a foreign supply that do not go through the FDA. This is also an illegal practice to purchase products outside of the US to use here in the states. Counterfeit products may compromise on things like safety standards, for example the temperature of shipments.
Know what medications should be avoided prior to injections. The first one that people tend to think of is blood thinners, since they hinder the blood clotting. This can lead to more brusing post injections.
At our office, we also recommend stopping other medication such as aspirin, NSAIDS, fish oil, multi-vitamins, green tea, ginger, Vitamin E, St Johns wart, Cinnamon, and alcohol. Make sure you check in with your provider 2 weeks prior to your appointment and find out if there are any special instructions. At out office, we also recommend start taking the supplement Arnica, for patients who are particularly worried about bruising.
Consultation!! This is the most important step for any injection treatment. The provider should talk to you and find out all your concerns with the skin. Sometimes it is a mix of treatments that include both skincare and injections.
You want to form a comprehensive plan before you get started. Experienced injectors should take a look at your face at rest as well as with movement. The goal is to make you look refreshed without being overdone. Also, this is great time for the provider to fully review your medical history and make sure there are no contraindications to your treatments.
Make sure you are aware of the downtime prior to a treatment. Most injections are minimal but you don’t want to do lip injection the day before your wedding and have swelling for the big kiss.
A good rule of thumb is to make sure that you have 1-2 weeks prior to any big event. Also Botox can sometimes a week to have the full effect so if you do it the day before your 30th b-day party you will not have the results.
Not all fillers are created equal. Most fillers are Hyaluronic Acid based and are approved by the FDA. They vary in thickness and how that break down. This plays a role in where they are used in the face.
Make sure your injector is well versed in all different types of fillers. Also stay away from anything silicone based this fillers are rarely sold in the US and have a very high rate of complications.
As Always Love the Skin You’re In