The world of Injectables can be a bit overwhelming. We are here to answer all your injection questions and put your mind at ease. Don’t see an answer to your injection questions? Give us a call or shoot us a text 480-299-4975
The longevity of results largely depends on the age of the client, their metabolism, the amount of exercise they do regularly, and the normal blood flow to the face. For example, someone who is young with a fast metabolism and more blood flow to the face will most likely burn through filler quicker than someone who is older. In addition to this, filler in certain areas of the face tends to last longer than others. Lip fillers only last about 6 months due to how much we move our mouths. However, filler in a less mobile area such as the tear troughs and cheeks last around a 1 year. Each filler product is uniquely formulated, therefore some products will last longer than others. Please remember individual results will always vary.
Cosmetic fillers have become so popular lately that it’s easy to forget they are a serious procedure. Our injector’s, Michele Hunter RN, CANS and Cierra Stewart RN, BSN, are highly trained and qualified experts in their field. They both have gone through rigorous training on how to address adverse events, attend multiple classes and at least one convention every year to stay up to date with the latest and greatest techniques and safety protocols.
With that being said, risks with any injection are always present and you should be aware of them. Bruising and swelling are common with fillers and should be expected/prepared for. Those symptoms are usually mild and typically last a few days. On the other end of the spectrum, the risk of vascular occlusion (which is what occurs after injecting near or in blood vessels) is also a risk. Luckily one of our clients has never had this complication, but we have corrected and treated other offices occlusions. In the unlikely event that it did happen, our injectors are very well trained in vascular occlusions and know how to handle and fix them immediately. Other side effects are possible, and our injectors will make sure you fully understand the treatment, risk and how to take care of yourself after.
Botox/Dysport and the other neuromodulators are such a common and quick procedure, we often forget the risks! Headaches are possible after this treatment and usually subside within 24 hours. When placed incorrectly, or too much is injected, or when post instructions were not followed, Botox/Dysport/Xeomin can cause drooping eyelids. Other side effects are possible, and our injectors will walk you through everything and answer any injection questions you have before they begin.
In general, discomfort is pretty minimal for most people. It’s a tough question to answer simply because everyones pain tolerance is different. Injections could feel like nothing to one person and like sharp pinches to the next. We do use a powerful numbing cream before every filler treatment to keep our clients comfortable. With the numbing cream, most clients say that procedure is relatively painless. If you are someone with a particularly low pain tolerance, we offer the Pro-Nox in addition to numbing cream. Pro-Nox is a gas system designed to deliver a 50% oxygen and 50% nitrous oxide mixture to provide immediate pain and anxiety relief. Just like laughing gas at the dentist! It’s out of your system in 5 minutes and you are perfectly safe to drive home after, the Pro-Nox is a $50 add-on.
Small downtime is involved with any injection and aftercare is important! Be sure to follow the instructions given to you by the medical professional. Fillers often cause swelling that lasts about 48 hours. While we do everything we can to reduce the chance of bruising, it can happen and should be expected/prepared for.
Ice as much as you can for the first 48 hours, 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off several times a day. Apply Arnica gel or cream to injection sites and continue taking Arnica orally for 5 days following instructions on the label. Avoid any exercise, saunas, yoga or hot showers for 48 hours or until swelling resolves. Downtime varies from person to person, we highly recommend that you schedule your dermal filler and toxin appointments at least 2 weeks prior to plans or a special event. This ensures that you will be fully healed by then.