Page Title: Five Tips for Choosing the Right Injectable
Summary: There are a lot of injectable options out there. In many ways, this is a good thing; but it can present certain difficulties for patients who aren’t quite sure which direction to go in.
The Miracle of Injectables
For many years, the “magic” solution of medicine has been something that could be injected and, without side effect or negative impact, make a significant cosmetic improvement. In many ways, we’re living that miracle today. That’s not to say that modern injectables do not have side effects or negative impacts—they can, especially if they aren’t performed by a professional. But such negative impacts are exceptionally rare. In many ways, injectables are a “magic” (if not always inexpensive) solution. But these days, there are so many injectables it can be difficult to choose which is the right fit for you.
Of course, it’s good to have options. And that’s really what modern cosmetic surgeons are offering. Let’s take a look at some of those options and see what might work best for you.
Tip Number 1: Know How You Want to Look
Knowing how you want to look is half the battle when it comes to figuring out what injectable you want because it forces you to think about the areas you want to address. If you want to address deep wrinkles like smile lines and concentration lines, then Botox might be your best bet. However, if you find that the apples of your cheeks need a little more volume, then you’re going to want to choose a dermal filler such as Juvederm. Most types of dermal fillers target specific causes of wrinkles or lines, so knowing which wrinkles or lines to target will help you make your decision.
Tip Number 2: Know How Long You Want Your Results to Last
To be sure, this won’t help terribly much if you’re getting a Botox injection—the results of Botox are going to last as long as they’re going to last. But when it comes to dermal fillers, each filler has an expected lifespan. This means, of course, that if you like your results, you’ll have to go back in and get maintenance injections. But how long you want to space those injections apart (of if you want a permanent injection such as Bellafill) will dramatically influence which injectable you should end up going with.
Tip Number 3: Know if You Want Something Reversible
Unlike many cosmetic surgery procedures, there are some injectables that are actually reversible. Hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers are able to be quickly broken down with an injection of a certain enzyme. This means that if you don’t like your results, they can be reversed—however, that’s only true with this set of dermal fillers. So if you are particularly nervous about your dermal filler injections or about cosmetic surgery in general, it’s a good idea to choose those procedures that can indeed be reversed.
Tip Number 4: Know Whether You’re Trying to Add Volume or Remove it
Believe it or not, there are some injectables that can remove volume. The recently FDA-approved Kybella, for example, is designed to remove fat from around the chin area. It effectively eliminates the double chin without the need for surgery. This remarkable injectable is relatively new, so it presents a new injectable type: the type that removes volume. Many injectables add volume. So know whether you want to add volume or remove volume is, obviously, pretty important in determining which injectable to use.
Tip Number 5: Know if You Want Surgery
Many surgeons advertise fat as an injectable. While that’s technically true, according to the website of the New Jersey fat graft breast augmentation experts at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery, it’s also not the full story. Getting fat for the injection requires surgery—it requires liposuction, in other words. For many patients, the results are totally worth this. But for other patients, it’s important to keep in mind that “fat injections” require a surgical procedure, as this may impact which injectable they’re going to pursue.
Find the Right Injectable for You
The world of injectables is growing rapidly, and so it’s not uncommon to come across the “trendy” new thing. Remember, though, that what’s popular for everyone else isn’t necessarily what’s the best fit for you. In most cases, you’ll want to ignore what’s trendy and select, instead, what works best for your desired results. If you’re curious about what injectables will work best for you or what will be the best fit for your desired results, the best thing you can do is talk to a highly qualified cosmetic or plastic surgeon during a consultation.