Injectables are a good solution for those who want the benefits of cosmetic procedures without having surgery. Injectables are a noninvasive treatment comprised of a soft tissue filler or botulinum toxin (e.g., Botox) injected into the skin to help lessen facial wrinkles, thus restoring a smoother, more youthful appearance. Injectables have the following benefits:
- They are effective
- They are quick
- They are safe
- Recovery time is short
Special fillers are also used as injectable implants to increase or restore the contour to the cheeks, chin and jawline.
Various factors impact the success of your injectable procedure. Among them is your preparation and follow-up care. Below are some important tips to minimize any minor side effects of your treatment and maximize the effectiveness of your results.
Before Your Treatment
Time your procedure. Schedule a couple of low-key days after your treatment. Do not plan injections close to important events, such as a wedding, family events or an important business meeting. It is best to allow several weeks before major events.
Stop taking certain medicines and various herbs at least two weeks prior to your procedure. This will reduce the risk of bruising. These include:
- Blood thinners (speak with your doctor about this and any other prescription medications)
- Energy drinks
- Fish oil
- Ginko biloba
- Herbal tea
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen)
- Vitamin E
Stop drinking alcohol at minimum 24 to 48 hours prior to your treatment and avoid facial “anti-aging” products (e.g., Retin-A) for two days prior to your treatment.
During Your Treatment
An anesthetic cream will be applied prior to your treatment. This topical cream works best to alleviate pain and may also lessen the risk of bruising when applied 20 to 30 minutes prior to injections.
The application of ice before your procedure further constricts blood vessels and minimizes pain.
After Your Treatment
Apply ice. A cold pack can help to minimize bruising and relieve any discomfort by desensitizing the skin.
Some patients like to use homeopathic medications that claim to reduce swelling and bruising. These include Arnica montana pills and cream and bromelain, a pineapple enzyme, available in tablet form. These ingredients are not known to have any negative side effects and may reduce recovery times.
Do not exercise for a day or two following your procedure. Also, do not do exercise intensely or do any inverted positions such as those in yoga. Refrain from all heat-related activities, such as steam rooms, saunas, hot wax, tanning, hot yogaand hot tubs.
Limit sun exposure. Sunscreen and a wide-brimmed (protective) hat are always a good idea for protection, and so is avoiding the sun. The vast majority of skin damage, such as wrinkles and age spots, is caused by sun.
Avoid scheduling dental work, including cleanings, for a couple of weeks following placement of fillers. Opening your mouth wide, manipulation and any other excessive movements of the jaw or face can potentially disturb the placement of some fillers during the first few weeks.
In addition to the helpful preparation and precautions you can take to ensure the effectiveness of your injectable treatment, selecting the right provider is key.
At Citron & Citron, Dr. Cheryl Citron and Dr. Barry Citron offer a unique, comprehensive approach to aesthetics: dermatology and plastic surgery combined into one practice. Their most valuable asset, their staff, ensures they provide the highest quality patient service to those seeking medical dermatologic care, cosmetic dermatology or aesthetic surgery while maintaining a warm, professional environment where patients feel comfortable. They also offer the exclusive session known as the Citron & Citron Complete Consultation (CCCC).