Everyone has that moment when they look in the mirror and do a double-take, thinking, “How do I look so old all of a sudden?” or “Where did all of these wrinkles come from?” At that moment, it is natural to flip through your mental file cabinet of solutions for an aged appearance. One possibility that will come to mind is cosmetic injections or fillers. 

So what do you need to know before you take the plunge into the world of injections and fillers?

First, let’s take a minute to learn what exactly is happening to change our appearance as we age. As we age, our body does not produce as much collagen, which helps to keep our skin plump and firm. As a result, our skin loses its youthful appearance and volume, resulting in lines and wrinkles that can make us look and feel older than we are. 

Experience Matters

Your experience with fillers and injections will depend on the professional doing them. Use word of mouth to find the person who will do your aesthetic injections. Do not be afraid to ask questions about their credentials and experience at your initial appointment. 

Know the Products

Many people don’t realize that “Botox” is a brand name for one kind of injectable. There are actually many botulinum toxins out there, so be prepared to hear your professional offer options, including Dysport and Xeomin. Most dermatologists agree that the results of botulinum toxins are the same.

The same is true for fillers. Most are made of hyaluronic acid, a sugar that occurs naturally in the body and can hold 1.000 times its weight in water. Again, your professional will determine which filler is best for you based on your goals. Don’t be surprised if they use more than one. It is common to layer the different brands to achieve ideal results. 

Be Realistic

Don’t bring a photo of your favorite celebrity who is 25 years younger than you and expect to walk out of the appointment looking like their clone. Instead, find a photo of yourself where you were pleased with how you looked to give your professional a realistic version of the look you are hoping for.

It would be best if you also were realistic when it comes to how long the results will last. These products do not mean your wrinkles will be gone forever. In general, injectables can last from four to six months. Fillers will last longer, ranging from six to eighteen months. When you first start, your professional may have you come back after two weeks to touch up your results.

Cost Awareness

Prices vary quite a bit depending on your product, how much you need, and where you live. Plan to spend about $500- $2,000 per syringe of filler, and for botulinum toxin (injectables) the cost will be about $300+ for a treatment.

If you are looking to learn more about injectables and fillers, reach out to the professionals at Blue Ocean Dermatology. We have the training, experience, and expertise necessary to meet all your skincare needs. In rare cases where additional expertise may be required, you’ll also be able to take advantage of your providers’ access to a vast network of nationally-recognized dermatologists to provide you with the specialized care you deserve. So find the location that suits you best, and give us a call to schedule an appointment today!