Let’s talk injectables shall we? They are so common place these days that you ALMOST can’t tell who has them and who hasn’t. Gone are the days of the too tight facelift and weird looking skin of the 80″s. Injectables can be your friend ladies. Its not all smoke and mirrors if you are armed with the facts and a good practitioner. Let’s talk fact and fiction…..
1. FICTION: Getting injected will make you look like you’ve had “work” done.
It’s not what you have had shot into your face, it’s how it gets in there. The overly taut, terrifyingly smooth foreheads of Hollywood starlets or bizarrely large duck lips of reality housewives are examples of excess. They are the exception to the rule. Look at the lady in front of you at the market. Look close. Betcha she had a lil of this and a lil’ of that. Injectables like Botox, and Fillers can help you maintain your natural appearance. It’s about rejuvenating your looks, not making you look different. Find an injector who is experienced and understands anatomy and the natural proportions of the face, and no one has to know that you’ve gone under the needle.
2. FACT: Injectables can have a preventative effect.
There is, in fact, some truth to the idea that injections work at preventing wrinkles. Botox/Dysport work by paralyzing the muscle, so you’re preventing the muscle from moving, which means no chance at it becoming a permanent line. It masks the existing lines, and prevents new ones from showing up. Hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvadem, Voluma etc, also have proven long-term, anti-aging benefits. A study proved they can create collagen production. FYI – collagen is what you lose as you get older, and makes your face sag. – So for those deep wrinkles, like between your eyes, this stuff will fill them in so you can’t see them, and help boost production of the stuff that creates them in the first place. So basically if you are looking for anti aging help, a little botox and filler go a long way.
3. FICTION: There’s a set amount of time that each injectable lasts.
Injectables have a life span that is unique to each person. So if a practitioner tells you “will last 8 months guaranteed!” They lie. Botox can last anywhere from 3-9 months. As you do it more regularly your face loses the muscle memory, and the longer you can go between visits. Fillers can last up to a year, or as little as 6 months. Many factors affect the longevity of the results, including which product is used and where it’s injected in the face. Watch your own face. If those lines you were focused on getting rid of are creeping back, it’s time to go in. And its better to go in more frequently for subtle tweaks, rather than going for an overhaul which can look overdone.
4. FACT: These products are safe.
I get it, injecting your face with something can be unnerving. But Botox has been used cosmetically for almost three decades. “You are more likley to have a reaction to something unregulated from a natural food store, where you buy some vitamin which hasn’t been tested on anything. Talk to the injector, are you someone who has a ton of allergies? Then ASK for god sake. Just like you would for any other injection or medicine anywhere. Not only is it essential to only go to reputable and well-trained practitioners, dermatologists and plastic surgeons who are using the actual, FDA-approved products. Do some research. Just because your regular doctor went to a class and offers injectables, doesn’t mean they do a good job or use the best products available. To my point….
5. FACT: You get what you pay for.
Now is not the time to bargain-shop. While many factors affect costs, at the end of the day, there’s no denying that these products are expensive. Do not use a Groupon for this! Discounts mean the injector isn’t making any money off of this. The prices of these products are fixed, they don’t go on sale like your shoes. So if they aren’t making money, rather they are using your face to practice on and build a practice. Ever hear of discount antibiotics? Or a sale on a mammogram? Be ready to pay for quality, end of story.
So if you want an improvement, and want to spend a few bucks, go for it. You won’t walk out with duck lips and a freaky face if you do your research and start slow. I for one plan to fight this aging bullshit with everything I can. Oh yes, the other question…Does it hurt? Yes, it hurts. No pain no gain.