It can be hard to know what to expect when you’re planning on trying injectables and fillers, whether it’s your first time or one of many! When do you see results? What kind of results can you expect? Is it painful? How much does it cost? What kind of downtime can you expect, if any? Learn what to expect and how to maximize your results with this comprehensive guide on how to get started with injectables and fillers.
Preparing for Your Appointment
When getting fillers or injectables, your first appointment should include a consultation with a qualified professional. It’s important for you to set realistic expectations for how you want your skin treated, since injectable treatments are not permanent solutions. During your consultation, have a list of questions ready so that you can make sure that everyone is on the same page about what treatment will be best for you. Some common questions to ask during a consult include:
- How long do results last?
- Is there any downtime?
- How much does it cost?
- What happens if I don’t like my results?
- Do I need touch-ups after my initial procedure?
The Injection Procedure Itself
Most dermatologists will start by injecting a numbing agent in your face. You’ll feel some stinging but won’t experience any pain. Next, they’ll inject Restylane® or Juvederm® or Radiesse®, or a combination of all three. These are hyaluronic acid dermal fillers that plump up fine lines and wrinkles on your face. Your provider will gently massage your face while you relax so that they can help spread out the filler evenly. The whole procedure takes about 30 minutes. You may have redness for a few hours afterward, but it should subside quickly.
After Care and Recovery
It’s common for patients to experience some tenderness or bruising, but these are normal side effects that should subside within a week. You may also notice that your face looks a little fuller or younger, which can last anywhere from four weeks up to several months depending on which injectable treatments you’ve chosen.