Aesthetic Injections FAQs
Right after the injection, the guide marks can be washed off. Makeup can be applied, but patients are warned not to apply pressure to prevent movement of the filler. There may be some mild discomfort, which can easily be addressed with a cold compress. Any minor swelling or bruising will fade within a few days.
There is no downtime with aesthetic injections that are performed as standalone procedures.
Aesthetic injections are not permanent and will need to be “touched-up” at regular intervals. The do last longer today than they did years ago though.
Each person metabolizes injectable fillers at a different rate. Some last a few months, other can last a few years. The results of a Restylane injection can last for up to 1 year, Juvederm about 6 months, Botox and Dysport about 4-6 months.
No. The materials used for aesthetic injections very based on their composition and what they are used to treat. Restylane and Juvederm consist of hyaluronic acid. Other may be made of collagen, calcium hydroxylapatite, polylactic acid, or PMMA. Botox and Dysport are derived from botulinum toxin A. Dermal fillers are used to smooth static wrinkles and increase volume. Botox and Dysport block nerve signals, preventing muscles from contracting and causing dynamic wrinkles. The doctor will be able to tell you what product is right for you to address your concerns.
Aesthetic injections are very safe when performed by a trained physician. Over the years since the practice of using injectables became popular, they have improved and the risk of allergy, adverse reactions, and pain has lessened. Many types of injectable fillers used, like Restylane and Juvederm, are composed of substances that can be found naturally in humans. Autologous fat injections eliminate the risk of allergy because the substance comes directly from the patient’s body.
Those concerned about Botox being poisonous due to its link with botulinum toxin should be aware that Botox is a purified derivative and used in very low concentrations, making it perfectly safe for use by experts.
Aside from the typical minor swelling and bruising that can occur, there are other risks when using aesthetic injections. These may include allergic reaction, rejection of the filler material, acne flare-ups, asymmetry of facial features, bleeding, infection, death of the skin, skin rash, migration of the material away from the injection site, temporary numbness and temporary paralysis of the facial muscles.
Additional complications may arise with the use of Botox, such as:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Drooping or weakness in the face
- Botulism-like symptoms are very rare. They include trouble breathing, difficulty swallowing, slurred speech, and muscle weakness.
Most health insurance companies will not cover cosmetic procedures. Contact our office if you are unsure about what is covered by your insurance or if you would like to learn about available financing options.