Everything You Need To Know About Injecting Stuff Into Your Face
That said, confidence doesn’t always mean acceptance. For many women, feeling good from within can sometimes mean opting for cosmetic procedures — like lasers, plastic surgery, or injectables — on the outside. And we’re here to say there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, either. Every woman has the right to alter, or not alter, her appearance in the way she sees fit without being ostracised for her personal choices. Period.
Okay, now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about one of those procedures in particular: injectables.
(ASPS), 15.6 million cosmetic procedures, including both minimally invasive and surgical, were performed in the United States in 2014. Of those 15.6 million, injectable treatments made up 9 million. Which is a 4% increase from 2013. Meaning, injectables are not only becoming more commonplace, they are being also administered more frequently.
Part of this reason is because they are much safer and more minimally invasive than traditional plastic surgery.
“Prior to the last decade or so, you only had surgery,” says Paul Jarrod Frank, MD, a cosmetic dermatologist and founder of The 5th Avenue Dermatology Surgery and Laser Center. “The use of injectables has become the number-one form of cosmetic enhancement in the world because of its ease, safety, and immediacy.”
With the variety of options out there, it can be confusing to know what each one is and what it does — which is where we come in to help break it all down. We spoke to a large sampling of derms and plastic surgeons to get all of the injectables intel. One thing all the doctors we spoke to said was important to note? All injectables are created equal. “There is no one injectable that is the best,” says Dr. Frank. “It’s what is the best treatment [for the patient]. I try not to sell my patients on a syringe of X — I try to sell them on a result.”
Another common point brought up by our experts? Where you go and who you go to is the difference between a natural look and a “done” look. “Do your due diligence in making sure you are treated by a credentialed and expert injector, such as a dermatologist or plastic surgeon,” says Vivian Bucay, MD, a dermatologist in San Antonio. “Having an MD is not enough. After all, would you want your gynecologist taking care of your heart or your cardiologist performing neurosurgery?”
Yannis Alexandrides, MD, a plastic surgeon and founder of 111Skin, adds, “It’s important to remember that just because these injectables can be administered quickly with low risk, this is still a medical procedure. Always choose a board-registered professional with extensive expertise before undergoing any treatment.”
Whether you’re interested in injectables or not, we think it’s important to educate yourself on what’s out there in order to make informed choices about if and how you want to alter your features. You do you.
Ahead, you’ll find a detailed overview of each category, as well as information on each product that falls under it, and what it is best for — because the world of injectables is so much bigger than Wrinkle Relaxers alone.
Regardless of which part of the face he’s reflating, Frank works from the outside in—a technique that allows him to add volume back into the lateral portions of the face (the cheekbones, the jawline and the temples) first and finish by filling fine lines around the eyes and mouth (for that he likes Restylane).
“It’s about putting a little bit [of filler] in a lot of spots and that ultimately leads to the most natural results.”
And naturally, a lifelong fresh-face requires a maintenance plan. While results show up fast—in about one to two weeks with no downtime or pain (injections are administered under topical anesthesia and patients usually return to work the following day)—Frank advises touch-up appointments no less than two to four times a year. For first-time injectees he recommends returning one to two weeks later for any necessary adjustments. “I think the most artistic thing to do with volume restoration is not just to fill tank up and wait for it to go back to empty; people don’t want that—once they look great they always want to look great.”