15 Feb Considering Botox or Dermal Fillers in 2019? Read this first!
Nothing is more precious than your face and its features. Now that non-surgical treatments are becoming more common across the UK and there are a growing number of unlicensed practitioners out there, we believe it’s all the more crucial to understand exactly what’s involved before you step into a clinic or salon for Botox or dermal fillers. Whether you’re looking to replace lost volume or enhance a certain feature, each treatment has different benefits and results.
Botox and dermal fillers are injectables which allow you to eliminate certain features, such as crows feet and frown lines, or highlight others. You will get instant results from non-invasive treatments, but people are still unsure on whether the treatments are right for them.
Before you get any type of filler or non-surgical treatment, it’s important to ask the right questions. We’ve outlined seven common queries and provided you with the answers.
Will I see instant results?
When it comes to fillers and Botox, it isn’t just a question of waiting for your treatment to ‘kick in’. Whilst you might experience very minimal swelling in the first few hours, this eases up very quickly and you will soon notice a difference. The full effects of the treatments vary on what you’ve had done. The best results appear after two weeks for Botox, unlike filler which immediately shows a difference but actually gets better and better up to 12 weeks after your procedure.
Are these types of treatment invasive?
Botox and dermal fillers are very simple treatments that aren’t invasive; i.e. no surgery is required. They’re called non-surgical treatments because they don’t involve any incisions or general anaesthetics. Some people feel slight discomfort during the treatment (like a pinch) and you may have some light swelling for a few hours. You’ll be in the clinic for about an hour and have various forms to fill out.
It is still worth noting that any injections should be classed as a medical procedure and not something to be taken lightly. Before any treatment you should always do your research, come and visit your practitioner for a full consultation and know exactly who’s injecting you. Understand the product you’re being given, absorb the information you’re given and make an informed decision from this. There’s certainly no need to be scared about the procedure, but as with any facial treatment you must know exactly what’s involved.
How do the fillers work?
Dermal fillers are wonderful for smoothing any fine lines, dryness, rough skin and improving the overall texture of the skin. As we age, fillers can also be used to replace any lost volume. They give a very natural lift to the face and also allows you to target areas such as your nose to lip lines. If you’re feeling conscious about a certain part/aspect of your face, we can address this and find the best way to balance out your features. But as with any non-surgical treatment, fillers aren’t about making you look 20 years younger or injecting your lips until they’re twice the size. Instead we always get anyone considering these treatments to come and visit our director and nurse practitioner Mandy. Rather than focusing on one part of the face such as the cheeks or lips, Mandy will help you analyse your face as a whole and see whether the treatment is right for you. By taking this ‘full face’ approach, we can look at how to enhance all of your features so that you look like the best version of yourself. Target only the lips or the cheeks or the eyes and you may start to lose the natural balance and proportion of your face. Instead fillers can be used to rebuild areas of the face that have lost support as the skin has aged, or else smooth out any unwanted lines or wrinkles.
Will I look normal/natural?
With the correct practitioner, you will look 100% natural. The point of any Botox or filler injections is not to look unnatural or overdone. Your practitioner should make it very clear that these treatments are about preserving what you’ve got and enhancing your features in as subtle a way as possible.
Occasionally you may get a little bruising straight afterwards. These bruises are very quick to fade and can be easily covered with makeup.
Is it permanent?
No, non-surgical treatments are not permanent and the results do start to fade. Whilst results are cumulative up to a point and last longer over the years as the muscles in your skin ‘recognise’ their Botox state, if you don’t continue with treatment you would see your skin gradually lose its volume again. Your skin will continue to age as you do, so the best way to tackle this is to discuss a plan with us about your goals and maintenance. We can give you a sensible option that ensures that your skin stays looking its best for your age in a cost-effective manner.
Why do you use Juvederm over other fillers?
Dermal fillers have many benefits, but there are different brands out there so it’s important to choose the right one. Juvederm is a safe, licensed product which gets injected as a smooth gel. This prevents any unwanted bumps or ripples that other fillers are more likely to cause. It is also perfect for smoothing out your face in both small or large areas. Juvederm also can last up to 18 months plus, meaning that you don’t need to keep making repeat appointments. We always recommend coming back to see us after 6 months to see if you need a little top up, but after this we would only expect to treat you with more filler every year to 18 months.
Is there anything I should avoid or refrain from doing before or after treatment?
When you come along to your appointment, we recommend that you avoid alcohol beforehand and don’t wear any makeup on your face. As soon as your treatment is finished, we would always say to avoid heavy cardiovascular exercise, as well as swimming pools, saunas and steam rooms for a day or two. These injections certainly won’t stop you from living normally, but we just ask that you take care of yourself and be sensible! Ideally keep out of direct sunlight too, so if you’ve got a summer holiday booked, try and come along a week beforehand instead.