As an internet resource for the latest news and information on aesthetics treatments, Costhetics knows the world loves injectable filler… except for the fact that you need to touch up the results periodically.
It doesn’t matter whether you inject collagen from a cow or body fat from your own body in order to plump wrinkled or deflated skin. No dermal filler lasts forever.
What you may not know is that there are things you can do to get the most from your injections, extending the benefits to the max.
Injectables for Smoother Skin: Types of Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers are injected into wrinkles, lines, or skin depressions using a very fine needle. Though not completely painless, most patients consider the process easy to tolerate. Some of the most popular substances in dermal filler include:
- Collagen – best for deep facial lines and scars
- Hyaluronic acid – good for facial wrinkles and acne scars
- Polylactic acid – recommended for deep lines and skin depressions
- Polyacrylamide – best for deep lines
- Autologous fat injections – appropriate for use anywhere on the body
Dermal fillers have improved tremendously over the years. Thicker fillers are now available to combat loss of structure and support in the forehead, temples, and cheeks. Injections may now be placed deeper, and atop the bone for maximum effect. Deep injections “may last as long as 12 months, and newer products on the market may last up to two years,” reports the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
What You Can Do to Extend Dermal Filler Benefits
An experienced, qualified injector will have the knowledge and understanding to provide you with effective after-care guidelines such as:
- Do not rub or massage the treated area for 24-48 hours
- Avoid vigorous exercise for a day or two
- Avoid sleeping on your side or stomach for 48 hours to relieve pressure on the treated area
- Limit sun exposure
- Limit alcohol consumption
- Drink plenty of water
In the end, the best advice Costhetics can give you is to work with a great injector. Here’s how to find one…
Who’s Behind the Plunger: Australian Injectors
The Department of Health/TGA works hard to keep patients safe. In Australia, only “Medical Doctors and Registered Nurses that are practicing with a current AHPRA registration are able to administer cosmetic injectables. Enrolled Nurses must hold their medication endorsement, if it is not included in their Diploma,” says the Australasian Academy of Cosmetic Dermal Science.
Why the strict regulations? Cosmetic injectables are listed as Schedule 4 medications. As such, they can only be prescribed by a medical doctor who must follow strict guidelines in terms of prescribing, administering and even advertising.
The possibility of a problem increases exponentially when an unqualified person gives the injections. Don’t risk it… please! Stay safe by following these recommendations from the Better Health Channel:
- Injections should be given under the instruction of a registered health practitioner under the supervision of a registered medical practitioner
- The medical practitioner should have experience in the field of injectables
- The medical practitioner should have consulted with the patient personally
Costhetics Can Help You Do Dermal Fillers Right
If you need help locating a qualified cosmetic injector in your area or need support for other aspects of your aesthetic enhancement journey, Costhetics is here for you. Contact us and begin your journey today. Stay beautiful!