Beginner’s Guide to Cosmetic Injections
Cosmetic injections, anti-wrinkle, fillers… all of these terms can be overwhelming if you’re a beginner. If you’re approaching your late 20s these treatments can be a great preventative measure however for women in their 30s, 40s, 50s, often turn to cosmetic injections to help them smooth wrinkles and appear more youthful.
Before you book your first appointment, you should do some research to understand each of the treatments and get a better idea of which one would be right for you. In this blog, we explain some things you should consider as a beginner to cosmetic injections.
1. Do I need injections?
Firstly, you should ask yourself whether you need injections to address your aesthetic concerns. At Áda Aesthetic Medicine Sydney, we offer a treatment which can:
- Reduce fine lines caused by smiling, frowning, squinting, and other facial expressions.
- Plump up thinning lips
- Enhance or fill in shallow areas on the face
- Decrease or remove the shadow or wrinkle under the eyes caused by the lower eyelid
- Fill in or soften the look of recessed scars
- Fill in or soften static wrinkles, especially on the lower face
2. Dermal fillers or anti-wrinkle?
It’s important to understand the difference between these two types of cosmetic injections before your first consultation.
Anti-wrinkle injections work by blocking nerve signals in the muscles located at the injection site. When those nerve signals are blocked, the affected muscle is temporarily paralysed or frozen. Without the movement of these selected muscles in the face, certain wrinkles may be softened, reduced, or even removed. Anti-wrinkle can only affect wrinkles that are caused by movement and have little to no effect on deep-set wrinkles, unlike dermal fillers.
Dermal fillers are used to fill in already existing and static lines, deep creases and areas which have lost volume over time. These are the kind of wrinkles which are visible even when your face is relaxed. They form due to loss of elasticity of the skin caused by age, sun damage, smoking, genetics, poor nutrition or from prolonged dynamic wrinkling.
Your specialist will devise a treatment plan based on your specific needs, which may involve just one of the above treatments or both. You should discuss your individual needs and expectations with your doctor to determine what treatment would be the best option for you.
3. Adjust your expectations
Anti-wrinkle treatments and fillers can not magically erase your wrinkles, nor do lip injections give you lush, plump lips forever.
Anti-wrinkle injections are only effective on dynamic wrinkles, which are wrinkles that are caused by muscle movement. The effects of anti-wrinkle injections will become evident within a few days. The full effects will not be apparent until between 7 and 14 days. Typically, the injectable results last between 3 to 4 months.
The time in which it takes for dermal fillers to be effective, as well as how long they last, also vary. Some fillers last 6 months, while others last up to 2 years or longer.
4. Make sure a specialist treats you
Anyone can issue injections, but working with a qualified professional will ensure a safe and effective treatment. If you know someone who looks good (and you know they’ve gone under the needle), ask who they go to for injections. But with so many people offering anti-wrinkle treatments and other injections these days, it’s also extremely important to inquire about their training and credentials.
At Áda Aesthetic Medicine, we only have experienced doctors to do your consultations, treatment planning and injections. No “dermal or cosmetic injectors” or nurses are used in Ada clinics.
At Áda, you will always have a doctor present to tend to your aesthetic and medical needs.
5. Recovery after treatment
In your consultation, before you begin, you should ask about recovery after treatment and what you need to do.
The recovery after anti-wrinkle injections is quick with hardly any pain, so it is the perfect lunchtime treatment. Some bruising can be expected, which you can cover up with makeup easily. Some patients may experience tiny bumps at the injection site. These bumps are normal and usually subside within half an hour.
The recovery after dermal fillers is a little bit longer. Some small bruising and swelling are normal for most people. This will usually settle in 2-4 days.
More noticeable bruising can be treated by returning to the clinic for laser bruise treatment that will see bruising clear often in just 24 hours.
For both treatments, as part of the recovery, we strongly advise patients to avoid the following activities:
- Strenuous exercise
- Alcohol consumption
- Applying pressure to the treated area
Cosmetic Injections at Áda Aesthetic Medicine
At Áda Aesthetic Medicine, we know your first time getting injections can be daunting. That’s why in your consultation, we discuss your concerns and expectations in-depth to explore your treatment goals. We take the utmost care in our treatments to ensure beautiful, natural-looking results.
If you are ready to take the next step and find out if cosmetic injections such as anti-wrinkle treatments or dermal fillers are right for you, just call Áda Aesthetic Medicine on 02 9552 1442 or contact us here to book your consultation or request more information.