Are Injections Right For Me?

You’ve heard about Botox, Juvéderm, Restylane, and other injectables, but maybe you’re still not sure if you’re ready to try them. Depending on your goals, you may find that injectables are a great option for you. Here’s what you need to know about getting injections.

What are your goals?
Injectables can do incredible things to the skin’s appearance and texture. The great news is that there are many different kinds – and more added to the marketplace regularly – tailored to different concerns. Here are some of the things injectables can do:
Erase fine lines
Diminish deep wrinkles
Give fuller lips
Plump up hollow cheeks
Add volume to hollow eyes
Shape the chin for a more attractive profile
Melt away double chin
Smooth the jawline
Reduce the appearance of scars

If you want to address any of the items above, then getting injections might be right for you.

Pros and cons of getting injections
All treatments have both positives and negatives. It is good to be familiar with both before making a decision.

Pros of getting injections:
Younger looking skin without plastic surgery
Quick outpatient procedure
Fast results
Little to no downtime
Safe when administered correctly

Cons of getting injections:
Possible short-term side effects including swelling, bruising, tenderness, and redness
May not like the results

This last point is, of course, the biggest risk of getting injectables in the first place. Surely you’ve seen overly-Botoxed faces that look paralyzed or people with unnaturally large lips due to too much filler, and no one wants that.

The best way to reduce the risk of being unhappy with the results is by going to an experienced dermatologist’s office for your injections rather than a med spa, day spa, or “Botox bar.” The key to great results is the precise application of the filler, which is something that is only learned through experience and training, and is best done by a dermatologist.

How long do dermal fillers and injectables last?
A final point to note is that with most injectables, the results do not last forever. Botox lasts three to six months on average, while hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvéderm and Restylane can last six to eighteen months. Whether this is a pro or a con depends on how happy you are with the results.

If you love the way it looks, it means you’ll have to go back every so often for more injections to maintain the appearance. If you’re not happy with how it looks, then all you have to do is wait it out and you’ll look like yourself again (then you can try again – with a different provider, of course).

Taking the plunge
The fact that injectables are not permanent is possibly the best selling point for people who are unsure if getting injections is right for them. If you’ve been unhappy with your appearance or you want to tackle one or more of the issues listed above, take the plunge and try injectables. Just start small and be sure to find a dermatologist who knows what they’re doing. 

To learn more about injectables and to schedule a consultation, visit my website.

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