Youth doesn’t necessarily mean beauty – you can certainly look and feel beautiful when you’re older, and the term ‘anti-ageing’ only gives more power to the lie that ageing is somehow bad. But looks have a huge impact on confidence, and it is everyone’s right to alter their appearance to allow themselves to feel the very best they can! If you’re looking to achieve that full-volume, ageless, look to your skin, injectables can be the perfect tool, and you won’t have to go under the knife.
1 – What are Injectables?
As the name would suggest, injectables are formulas that are injected into the skin to change the appearance and, if applicable, the structure of the skin. They can provide great, instant, results, which makes them hugely appealing to many people looking to achieve the look they’re wanting quickly.
With an explosive demand for these quick-fix solutions, there are now a huge range of injectables to choose from, including fillers to plump-up wrinkles, denervating agents, such as Botox and Dysport and products that deal with the muscles that cause the formation of furrows. There are four main categories of injectables: neuromodulators (freezers), fillers, biostimulators (collagen-building), and fat modulators (dissolvers). Combining some of these different approaches has been proven to provide long-lasting results too, meaning you can rely on many of these methods to provide you with a stunning, and enduring, look.
2 – Choose Reputable Injectables
The dramatic rise in the popularity of injectables, due to their ease, safety and immediacy, has lead to a growing number of fake injectables floating around in the market. If you’re getting substances injected into your face, you certainly need to make sure you know where they’re coming from and that they’re completely safe! But how do you spot the fakes?
According to experts, “Board-certified dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and cosmetic surgeons are the only people who should be performing these procedures”. Doctors can provide you with some advice on products, but will not have the specialist training that registered professionals will have in this specific area. The main advice, however, is to use your head. If you spy a bargain-price injectable online or in a medical spa, the chances are you should avoid it. Unless the product comes directly from the manufacturer, or one of their licensed distributors, you are running a risk.
3 – What Can Go Wrong?
It’s worth knowing all the risks before you embark on any procedure or skin improving exercise. Today’s generation of fillers, botox and dissolvers are extremely safe and carry far fewer risks than many surgical procedures, but there are still potential side-effects that you ought to be aware of.
The use of injectables can result in lumps in the skin, as well as bruising, if the injections are placed in the wrong area. Injectables in the lips can potentially result in the ‘fish lips’ look. Pain, redness and swelling are also common side-effects, however, your doctor or cosmetic professional will advise you before any injection as to the potential risks for you. As you might expect, if you have pre-existing skin problems, such as inflamed or infected skin, pimples, cysts, rashes or hives you should likely avoid using injectables. But take all of this fairly lightly – the vast majority of people using injectables report very positive results, and remember that these are the most popular cosmetic enhancements in the world.
4 – How Long Do Injectables Last?
The effects of injectables don’t last forever. Fillers tend to last around 12 months, as the fat is essentially reabsorbed back into the body after this point. Botox facial injections typically last around 3-4 months, but if you get ongoing treatment, the effect can last longer. Don’t be put off by this seemingly short time-frame – because injectables are relatively inexpensive, if you’re achieving the look you want using these simple additions, topping up their effect from time to time will affect you fairly minimally.
5 – Manage Your Expectations
Injectables can transform your look, and help you achieve that younger, more confident style that you might have been craving, but being aware of the fact that these injections are not to be relied upon to deliver your ‘ideal’ body, or to change your life. It can be tempting to think that by having younger, or fuller looking skin, you will feel instantly 100 times better, and that everything will just click into place. Your confidence, although heavily reliant on your looks, must come from a range of sources in your life. Be happy and content in your skin, and use injectables to give you a boost!