How do injectables work?
With just a simple injection, Botox® is injected into a muscle, reducing the activity that causes lines to form. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, restore volume and fullness to the skin to correct facial wrinkles and folds, such as the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth.
What are the advantages of this treatment?
Injectables are a safe, effective treatment for many conditions and they involve no downtime.
What areas can be treated?
Injectables can treat many areas— frown lines between the brows, crow’s feet, smile lines (aka marionette lines on the sides of your mouth) or those vertical lip lines often seen on smokers. Injectables can also lift brows and enhance areas such as lips, cheeks, frown lines and scars. The possibilities are endless with injectable treatments.
How do I prep for the procedure?
Besides your initial consultation, there isn’t a lot of preparation. We strongly suggest you avoid alcohol and aspirin. But, go ahead and take Arnica tablets, found in a natural foods store, to help prevent unwanted bruising.
What should I expect during the procedure?
During the session a series of injections are administered to the treatment area. For Botox, no anesthesia is required. However, your provider may numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. Discomfort is typically minimal and brief. Many dermal fillers include lidocaine for increased comfort.
What kind of results should I expect?
Immediate results are usually seen with dermal fillers, with continued improvement over the following few weeks. Botox can take up to two weeks to see the full effect. Some bruising or swelling may occur but is temporary.
Is it safe?
Dermal fillers are made of hyaluronic acid which is naturally formed in your body, so no allergy testing is required. However, as with any skin treatment, there are always risks to consider. Side effects are rare and generally temporary. Your specific risks are discussed during your consultation.
Will more than one treatment be necessary?
While injectable treatments are long lasting, they are temporary. Your first Botox treatment will probably last around 3 months; dermal fillers last 6-12 months on average. As with all of our services, talk to your provider about your individual treatment plan.