Everything you need to Know
Injectables are big business. In fact, over two million people
received injections like Botox or fillers in 2017. Fillers alone
have grown in popularity by as much as 85% in the last 5 years.
However, with a raise in popularity, practitioners and people alike
are all trying to capitalize on the demand. Due to this, we are
seeing a lot more complications, poor work, and confusion out there
(particularly with fillers). So we put together a list of things we
want you to know about fillers.
1.First and foremost: Pick an experienced, certified, and skilled
When initially seeking out a new provider for injections, check
for experience. Both experience of the injector and the experience
that people have had with them. Thankfully nowadays we have outlets
like Yelp, Google, and Facebook to read reviews about the business
we are considering.
Continuing education is also a huge deal in the beauty industry,
as treatments and products are forever changing. Continuing
education shows that the medical professional has a passion and
drive for being able to offer the best options for their clients.
Here at ZONA we do multiple classes and at least one convention
every year to stay up to date with the latest and greatest service
2. Not all fillers are created equal
Belotero, Juvederm, and Restylane are all Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
fillers used to restore the skin’s natural volume, fill deep
lines, and add more volume to specific areas. Hyaluronic Acid is a
naturally occurring water molecule that attracts other water.
Results may last anywhere from 6-12 months and are $499 per
Filling wrinkles and folds help restore a more youthful look to
your skin. Radiesse continues to work with your body, stimulating
the natural production of collagen for a more refreshed appearance
that can last up to a year or more! Radiesse is a smooth gel,
filled with tiny calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres.
Restylane Lyft restores mid-face and upper face volume loss as
well as moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Results may
last 9-12 months and is $700 a syringe. Using a stabilized
Hyaluronic Acid, specifically formulated to act like your body’s
own hyaluronic acid.
Unlinke HA fillers, Sculptra is a Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA)
based treatment. Once injected, it begins working deep within the
skin to stimulate collagen production, reinforcing the skin’s
inner structure and restoring its volume. Sculptra is $900 per
3. Lip fillers don’t have to look like the Instagram lip fillers
Despite all the look-a-likes on Instagram, lip augmentation can
actually look very natural and undetectable. Using a soft, flexible
HA filler that spreads well and doesn’t look stiff or overdone is
that best way to achieve natural lip fillers. And unlike the
instagram lips, some people look to lip fillers to add just a touch
of pout or to correct asymmetry. A good rule of thumb: Look at your
injector! If they’re overdone and unnatural, they are likely to
make you look like that too.
4. Fillers can do more than fill lips and soften wrinkles
Fillers are multiversital. They can elevate sunken scars;
reinflate hands; brighten cavernous under-eyes; and sharpen
jawlines that have gone soft. For areas such as the cheeks and
jawlines, that you’d like to “shapen”, injectors should only
be using thicker fillers such as Radiesse or Restylane Lyft.
5. But they can’t fix absolutely everything
Fillers alone can’t fix deep wrinkles or severe sagging.
It’s always important to keep realistic expectations. We have
seen and heard a lot of clients that think 1 or 2 syringes will be
a fix all. However, this is most likely not true. One syringe of
filler (1mL), is equivalent to just 1/4 of a teaspoon! That little
amount will most likely not give you those full “Instagram”
lips you desire.In most cases, multiple syringes are required over
a period of time.
6. They’re not for everyone
Fillers do have some contraindications. For example, fillers are
off the table for pregnant or breastfeeding moms, along with anyone
fighting active infections, and people who are allergic to
ingredients in fillers. If you’ve drank alcohol or had any sort
of blood thinners before treatment, you’re better off waiting 5
days to reduce the risk of bruising and swelling.
Along the same lines of the fact that fillers can’t fix
everything; sometimes patients are a better candidate for surgery
rather than fillers alone. Whether it’s because we know that the
patient will be happier with the results of surgery, or their goals
are just something that fillers alone can’t fix.
7. Sometimes there will be some discomfort
Everyone’s pain tolerance is different, but to put it plainly-
filler entails putting a needle in your face. Of course, we will
use techniques to minimize side effects as much as we can. As for
pain, it should be minimal due to the lidocaine and numbing cream.
We also just brought in a PRO-NOX machine as another, even more
effective, option. The PRO-NOX is a pneumatically driven gas system
designed to deliver a 50% oxygen and 50% nitrous oxide mixture to
adult and pediatric patients for the relief of pain and anxiety in
a medical setting. Basically, it’s just like laughing gas at the
8. You may look bruised and swollen after
As with all injections, swelling and bruising is perfectly
normal and should be expected. No matter how skilled your injector
is, it’s very difficult to avoid it. Swelling should only last a
few days and bruising should reside within a week. If the bruising
is a deep purple brown color, theres a good chance its dark enough
to get zapped with our laser. Immediately after the laser, the
bruise will become red, and within a few hours it should be almost
9. Even small tweaks can make a big difference
If you can’t put your finger on exactly what’s bothering
you, but you just feel kinda feel blah, tiny microdroplets placed
strategically can help create an overall refreshed look. People
will notice you looks so good, but won’t know why!
10. Certain spots are considered high risk
There are certain areas that are considered “danger zones”.
These areas are safe to be injected into, they just simply require
more skill and knowledge than the average botox nurse. Liquid nose
jobs, for example, is quite a risky treatment area. So much so that
Michele does not perform them. There are many major and minor
vessels all throughout the nose area. If these are injected into,
it will cause a loss of blood supply. This blood supply loss can
lead to redness, pain, tissue death, and even blindness.
Please be aware of the high risks that come with certain areas.
Remember you always get what you pay for. When an injector has
higher prices, it’s because you are not only paying for the
product, but for their skill and expertise as well.
11. Most fillers can be dissolved
All HA fillers can be dissolved using a sustains called
Hyaluronidase. It’s injected right into the filler and dissolves
it immediately. However, the filler Radiesse cannot be dissolved.
Radiesse is formulated with tiny calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA)
microspheres, which is actually the same material found in our
bones and teeth. Imagine trying to dissolve that!
12. You will more than likely need a touch up
The longevity of filler is dependent on many different
variables; location of the filler being one of them. For example:
Filler in the lips realistically only last about 6-9 months.
Because we are constantly moving our mouths, we burn through the
filler faster. Filler placed in, say, the cheeks however, will last
you up to a year.
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