Your Top Filler Questions, Answered
When modern injectables hit the marketplace in the 1980s and 90s, commercials aimed at women of a certain age swiftly gained cultural judgment and more than their share of late-night jokes. Today, these FDA-approved, nonsurgical options for restoring skin firmness and enhancing face shape are rapidly gaining popularity, even among Millennials and Gen Z. Still, the 20th century hesitance and stigma remain for some.
The Vi Beauty team is taking a slightly different approach to the growing injectable market. Our job is to listen actively and intently to the goal and vision of our patient. Of course, we are committed to providing safe and effective treatments. And we are equally committed to creating a safe space for all the emotion that surrounds these services; look, we all come to these services for different reasons and most of the time that reason attaches very directly and preciously to our hearts. We know that for this human to make this appointment and then keep it can be a monumental feat. We want to be in service of that and hold them preciously, too.
We receive many questions from people who are a little nervous about what to expect from fillers. Keep reading for our answers to some of the questions we hear most often.
Are Injectables Safe?
The short answer is yes. It’s important to only receive injectables from a certified cosmetic medical professional at a reputable med spa. Popular filler options like Restylane, JUVÉDERM®, RHA and Revanesse Versa are all FDA-approved for a variety of applications.
Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are all made with botulinum toxin type A, which some folks mistakenly believe is the same as “botulism,” a dangerous form of food poisoning. Don’t worry: doctors have employed this naked version of the toxin to treat a wide range of medical concerns for decades. If you have a history of allergic or inflammatory reactions, Xeomin will be a better choice for you.
Fillers contain a modified hyaluronic acid, similar to the naturally occurring hyaluronic acid produced by the body to volumize the skin and lubricate the joints in our body. It’s common to find hyaluronic acid in our favorite topical skin products. These injections bring it directly to targeted areas to maximize the benefits. They’re used commonly to fill wrinkles, lines, lips or other areas that we want to give a boost. They aid in restoring volume where volume is naturally lost over time.
To ensure your injectables are safe, you need to receive them from a licensed provider. They will provide you with the necessary preparatory information and discuss any concerns you may have. You will also go over relevant medical and lifestyle history to reduce the risk of any allergic reactions, efficacy issues or drug interactions. Side effects for these treatments may include discomfort at the injection site, swelling, redness and bruising. More serious side effects, although rare, may include pain and discoloration at the injection site. This would warrant immediate contact with your injector.
What is the Recovery Period?
One of the benefits of nonsurgical options for beauty enhancement is the recovery period. There is no recovery period for Botox, Dysport and Xeomin injections, though it’s important not to touch or massage your treatment areas for at least four hours. Avoid exercise and lying flat for the remainder of the day following treatment. While most people only experience a slight pinch at the injection site, if you’re concerned about pain your provider can offer numbing options.
With fillers some swelling and bruising may occur after the injections but typically subsides within 3-7 days. When receiving hyaluronic acid treatments, it is important to stay out of the sun, avoid strenuous activities, high temps and alcohol consumption and makeup for the first 24 hours to mitigate any potential reactions.
If you get lip fillers, you’ll want to ice your lips and apply arnica cream to control swelling or bruising which should disappear within 3-5 days. During that time, you’ll avoid applying any product to your lips, drinking from straws or touching and puckering your lips. That means no kissing. But when the swelling stage is over, smooching is encouraged.
How Long Will My Treatment Last?
Different injection treatments last for different amounts of time. The full results of Botox/Dysport/Xeomin will be apparent on day 14, and typically last for 3-4 months. It’s not uncommon for future treatments to last longer than your first.
HA filler, often referred to as “the liquid facelift”, can have visible results immediately, and lasts for up to 18 months depending on your metabolism. The long-lasting effects make it particularly desirable as a lip filler. “Boosting” every 6-9 months, can help to keep the volume in the desired area and allow our patients to keep results consistent.
Enjoy Safe, Effective Injectables at Vi Beauty Lab
Vi Beauty Lab’s skilled team of Physician Assistants and Nurses provide a range of nonsurgical options so you see your favorite you when you look in the mirror and most importantly feel like the best version of yourself. We offer a family of FDA-approved injectables, and are able to tailor our treatment plans to our client goals and desires. Whether you’re looking for a safe lip filler to enhance your pout, restore lost volume, want to relax fine lines or make a few wrinkles disappear, we will take your hand through the journey. We are here to answer any question you may have and share the possibilities we have to offer. If you’re still feeling a little nervous about trying fillers, give us a call or stop by. We would love to listen and to discuss any concerns.
Ready to dive in? Schedule your service at Vi Beauty Lab online or by calling (612) 299-1221.