FAQ – Injections

The world of Injectables can be a bit overwhelming at first! We are here to answer all your injection questions and put your mind at ease. Don’t see an answer to your injection questions? Call us to speak with one of our expert technicians!

What Should I Do Before My Injection Appointment?

  • Do not consume alcoholic beverages at least 24 hours prior to and 24 hours after treatment (alcohol may thin the blood and increase the risk of bruising)
  • Avoid anti-inflammatory/blood-thinning medications for a period of 2 weeks before treatment. Medications and supplements such as aspirin, vitamin E, St. John’s Wort, Omega 3/Fish oil, Ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, Aleve, and other NSAIDS have a blood-thinning effect and can increase the risk of bruising and swelling after injections.
  • Discontinue Retin-A use 2 days before and 2 days after treatment.
  • Reschedule your appointment at least 24 hours in advance if you have a cold sore or rash on your face.
  • Be sure to have a good breakfast, including food and drink before your procedure. This will decrease the chances of lightheadedness during your treatment.
  • Avoid strenuous workout immediately before and 24-48 hours after your procedure.
  • Apply ice as pre and post-treatment for up to 48 hours after.
  • Use Arnica topical cream or take oral Arnica tablets one week before and after treatment

How Long Will The Results Last?

The longevity of your results is largely dependent on the age of the patient, 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. For examples, 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.

Botox and Xeomin tend to last about 3 months, while Dysport can last 4-6 months. Our injectors can help you determine which neuromodulator will work best for you!

What Are The Risks?

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, 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. However, with that being said, risks with any injections are always present and you should be aware of them. Bruising and swelling is common with fillers and should be expected/prepared for. These 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 we have never had this complication, and in the unlikely event that it did, 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 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 treatment and usually subside within 24 hours. When placed incorrectly, too much is injected, or when post instructions were not followed, Botox/Dysport/Xeomin/Jeuveau can cause drooping eyelids. Other side effects are possible, and our injectors will walk you through everything and answer any injection questions you have.

Will Injections Hurt?

In general, discomfort is pretty minimal for most people. It’s a tough question to answer simply because everyone pain tolerance is different. Injections could feel like nothing to one person and like sharp pinches to the next. That being said, we do use a powerful numbing cream on every filler patient. This is left on for about 10-20 minutes to ensure effectiveness. With the numbing cream, most clients say that procedure is relatively painless. However, if you are someone with a particularly low pain tolerance, we now offer the PRO-NOX. 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.

Is There Any Downtime?

Aftercare for your injection treatment is important. Be sure to follow the instructions given to you by the medical professional. Fillers often cause swelling that lasts, on average, 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. Again, everyone’s downtimes are different, but there are a couple of things you can do to help the healing process. Even if you know how your body reacts to botox and fillers, we highly recommend that you schedule your Dermal Filler and Toxin appointments at least 2 weeks prior to a special event which you may be attending. This ensures that you will be fully healed, and if needed, come in for a tweaking.


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