Over the past decade, injectable fillers have become more and more popular. One in four Canadian women are open to an injectable treatment and 34 percent of them consider injectables to be an everyday procedure similar to teeth whitening or hair colouring. There are a lot of questions before going under the needle for the first time—here’s what to expect.
What to do before
Before your injectable procedure, educate yourself on your preferred fillers. Know its functions and establish realistic expectations so you avoid any disappointment. For example, if you are looking to temporarily volumize an area of your face (such as your lips or cheeks), Dr. Brace may recommend a hyaluronic acid filler (Restylane or Juvederm). Alternatively, if you’re looking to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles (or even prevent them from forming), a muscle relaxing injectable like Botox or Dysport would be best suited. There are a lot products on the market, ensure you know which best suits your needs. Although this information will be thoroughly discussed during your consultation with Dr. Brace, it’s good to educate yourself as well with platforms such as Real Self.
Before your treatment, avoid taking certain painkillers or blood thinners to help prevent bruising. Although any bruising that can occur is minor, consciously avoiding the use of certain medication or supplements such as Vitamin E, Aspirin, Ginseng, or anti-inflammatory drugs (Advil, Ibuprofen, Motrin, etc.) will lessen the risk. Other substances to avoid prior to treatment are: garlic, alcohol, Omega 3 fatty acids, and St. John’s-wort.
Come to your first injection appointment relaxed and with the treatment area clean of oil, dirt and makeup.
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