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Your Q&A on injectibles, delivered.
We held a live question session on Instagram with plastic surgeon Dr. Sinno and laser aesthetics director Sacha Bourdage on the subject of injectables. In case you missed it, we’ve got you covered!
What do you recommend for someone who is over the age of 65?
Age is not a factor as to what a person should get done. The factors we take into consideration are skin quality, desires and budget. We cannot recommend a pre-treatment consultation enough so one of our specialists can examine your skin first and steer you in the right direction based on your desired outcomes.
How do I know if I’m ready for neuromodulators (Botox, Xeomin, Dysport)?
A good sign that injectables are right for you is when you begin to see permanent lines when the face is not animated. You want to start the neuromodulators before lines become too deep, but you don’t want to get anything done if the lines disappear when the face is rested.
What can I do about my crow’s feet and lines on my forehead?
We always recommend coming in for a consultation first so that we can see what is causing the problem and what dosage is needed for you. The necessary dosage is individually-based and will differ from person to person.
For the crow’s feet and forehead lines, we usually go for a lighter dose of botulinum toxin, as we only want to relax the area and not numb it. This is a great procedure to get done around the Spring and Summer time, since this is a period where we tend to squint more. Some patients also find this helps them feel better since it relaxes their face and relieves them from tension on the forehead that can cause headaches.
I am worried about not reacting well to what is in the injectables, are there any side effects?
The word “toxin” is used in botulinum toxin because it paralyses the muscle, but it has very little side effects. Also, the injectable is only added to the specific muscle we want to target and it’s very important to always inject the right amount to avoid the frozen look.
Allergic reactions are very uncommon, about one in a million, and usually are caused by a sensitivity to the preservatives. At Victoria Park, the wellbeing of our patients is extremely important and we continually educate our team to stay ahead of the curve for the sake of our patients.
How much is too much?
People are often worried about injecting too much! Keep in mind that one syringe is equal to one teaspoon of product only.
When it comes to the expertise of your injector, they should be able to guide you on how much to get. This is very different for each individual and should be discussed first with a professional. If an expert knows what they’re doing and is doing it well, no one will know but everyone will notice! An unnatural result is never something a Dr. wants for their patient.
How do I know what is right for me, an injectable or surgery?
An expert will look at your face holistically and guide you through the procedures that will bring balance to your face. What we consider to be beautiful can differ for each and every one of us but always has two things in common: symmetry and specific proportions.
A professional will be able to tell you what specific things to do to make a face more feminine or more masculine, by playing with these proportions. They will be able to tailor a plan for your specific needs while taking your budget into consideration.
I had injectables done somewhere else and I am not happy with the results, what can I do?
Having someone come to us, trusting us after a bad experience is a true privilege. We recommend the patient bring a full medical history, the brand of the injectable used and how much was used if possible. With this information, an expert will be able to assess the situation and guide you through the next steps.
If you are not happy with the results of a lip augmentation, the good news is that hyaluronic acid fillers are completely reversible. If the patient does not want to wait for the HA to disappear naturally, we can use a composite called hyaluronidase to completely break down the HA, which will turn into water and be absorbed by the body.
How often do I need to come in to maintain the results of injectables?
Injectables are an ongoing process, you should be coming in every few months to maintain them. Our professionals will be able to tell you what you need, according to your budget, which is why we offer a free follow-up session, two weeks after an injection procedure.
I am getting married in September, when should I start Botox?
If you’ve never had it done, we recommend you come in four months before your big event, since the average duration of Botox is four months and cannot be reversed. This will allow you to make sure you like the results and will let your aesthetician find the best dose and area to get the desired look. This also gives you enough time for touch ups.
Then we recommend you come in two weeks before the event, for a final touch up but also to have enough time to let your skin heal, in case of bruising. Bruising is very rare but it can happen. Usually it will appear in the tear through area but for areas such as cheeks and jawline, it is highly unlikely. With every injection that causes bruising, we offer a VBeam treatment, which can be done within 3 days of the injection and will make the bruise disappear in a matter of days. Otherwise, a bruise will last one to two weeks.
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