Once upon a time ‘injectables’ were a pretty taboo topic. Fast forward to circa: today, and talking about injectables openly (and more importantly unashamedly), is becoming more common. Plus, I’m assuming somebody on the Hollywood scene is BOUND to thank their plastic surgeon in their acceptance speech during award season soon.
They just have to!
Moving on though…the moral of this blog is that I am a fan of injectables.
Dermal fillers, Botox. Juvederm, Restylane. Whatever it is you’re down for, I’m a fan of it (and would love to know all the deets so CALL ME.)
However… if you’re wondering whether I’ve had any work done, I haven’t. Not yet anyway. I’ve actually been too busy being pregnant and breastfeeding babies…but as soon as I’m finished I promise to overshare details for sure.
Anyway, I would love for women to talk about it more. Which is basically why I’m writing this. Plus, I think knowing a little about injectables before you’re even thinking about getting them might just come in handy.
Like ‘pop this QandA in your back pocket and save for a rainy day,’ kind of thing.
Because even though you might currently be thinking ‘injectables inschmectables,’… maybe one day when those scary 11’s, or those teeny crow’s feet you weren’t really worried about suddenly GROW and bring a GAZILLION OF THEIR FRIENDS along for a fun filled party ON YOUR FACE – you might change your mind.
ALSO: it’s totally ok to. What’s the big deal right? Some people get them, some people don’t. At the end of the day you just gotta do YOU.
(So don’t be judgy mc judge face.)
Plus, things like Botox only last around 3-4 months (depending on the patients/units used) anyway. So you could even try them out for a bit and then never again (if you realise injectables totally aren’t your thing. HA.) There really aren’t any adverse affects attached to them.
The only time that injectables are unlikely to work are when a wrinkle is already too far etched into the skin to be able to do anything to save it. LIKE, YOU SNOOZE, YOU LOSE, BUDDY! In fact, a lot of people say that the best time to get injectables is when signs of facial ageing first start to appear (hence, why some people recommend getting them as a preventative measure), although it really is dependent on the individual. Because honestly, getting good injectable treatments are all about finding what’s right for your face, how your muscles move and more importantly, finding a suitably (non-dodgy) employed practitioner!
Buuuut there’s still more to them than this tiny, ranty spiel. Which is why I sat down with Dr Douglas Grose, President of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA) to give us the lowdown!
What are injectables and what are they made up of?
“Injectables” is a broad brush term used to cover any treatment that involves injecting a product into or under the skin. The most commonly used injectables are Botulinum Toxin (Dysport, Xeomin and Botox) and fillers made of hyaluronic acid.
How do injectables work?
Botulinum toxin and fillers work by an entirely different mechanism. Fillers are exactly that – a product which fill lines, folds and compensate for facial volume loss with age. Botulinum toxin on the other hand, relaxes the muscles of the face that cause wrinkles around the eyes, between the eyebrows and in the forehead.
What should you do straight after your procedure? Can you wear makeup? Go outside in the sun?
Aftercare is different depending on what type of injectable you are using. Generally makeup can be applied straight after and you can go outdoors. However reduced physical activity (like the gym) is generally advised for around 24 hours following a procedure.
Do injectable procedures come with any side effects?
The most common side effect is a small bruise at one of the injection sites which usually resolves within one week. It can also be concealed with makeup. Other more serious side effects depend on the injectable used and where it is injected.
What are some things people should consider before getting injectables?
By far the most important consideration is to find out how skilled the person doing the injecting is. People need to find out what experience they have, how long they’ve been doing injectable work for and whether they have the knowledge and skills to firstly prevent and/or secondly, manage any complications.
Can you get injectables while you’re pregnant or breastfeeding?
Whilst the use of injectables is generally not absolutely forbidden during pregnancy, most wise practitioners would advise against it. Purely on the basis that if a complication does occur in the pregnancy close to when the treatment was done, the person will always have a guilt that they may have ’caused’ the pregnancy problem, even if it was totally unrelated. There is no problem with injectable treatments while breastfeeding.
Is it true that injectables can be preventative? At what age would you recommend injectables be considered?
This question is much debated. The answer is yes, injectables can be preventative but so can many other things like using sunscreens and avoiding drugs and cigarettes. The age to consider it would generally be when fixed lines start to develop but good skin care and avoiding drugs and cigarettes should start at birth.
Are there any injectable myths you’d like to debunk for us?
Probably the most common myth is that Botulinum Toxin is a “bacteria or virus”. It is indeed the toxin from a bacterium, but many medicines are toxins in high dosages – paracetamol being the simplest example. Also, Penicillin comes from mould.
Where are people most commonly getting injectables? How much does it cost and how often should you get it?
Sadly, too many people are shopping for injectables on price and not on the competence of the injector which should be the primary consideration. Isn’t it true that if someone needs joint surgery, they first pick the best surgeon they can find and cost is a secondary consideration? They don’t sell injectables in Woolworths or Coles so don’t shop for injectable treatments in shopping centres – go to a medical practice where there are trained people to help you in a safe medical environment.
Do you think injectable procedures are getting more socially acceptable to talk about? Is it mostly women or are you finding men getting injectables now too?
Having cosmetic medical treatments is now much more socially acceptable but many more people are having them quietly, without making it known. Women still consume around 90% of all cosmetic treatments.
If people want to get injectables before a big event how far before the event should they book their procedure in?
This is a very good question. Generally speaking for a big event, a wedding in particular, people should start at least six months before the big event as often more than one treatment is needed. Generally speaking though, I’d never suggest having an injectable treatment within one week of a major social event.
Are there any alternatives to injectables that you can recommend?
Once you could only get collagen injections. However now, there are a wide range of products on the market. Hyaluronic acid based fillers are by far the safest to begin having fillers with and any of the three available brands of Botulinum Toxin available in Australia are suitable. Although always make sure that whatever you use is an Australian distributed product and not purchased off some dodgy website overseas. These can often be fake products, not sterile and/or suitable for use. The other important area to note is maintaining a good skin care regime. This means sun protection every day, regular gentle exfoliation and use of skin care products with Vitamin A (Retinol) in them at night. As well as no drugs or cigarettes.
Do you have any tips re. finding the best doctor to administer injectables?
I highly recommend that someone wanting injectables for the first time goes to a doctor who is a member of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia for expert advice on what is the most suitable treatment. The single most important skill is to know who to treat and who not to treat. Profit based shopping centre outlets just want your money but our members must follow our code of conduct which includes the insistence that only treatments which benefit the patient will be performed, not treatments which are only beneficial to the bank account of the injector.
The President Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA), which formed in 2014, is the leading representative body for medical practitioners practicing non- or minimally-invasive cosmetic medical treatments in Australasia. The College provides education, training and ethical practice standards for its Fellows and Members who are required to have relevant training and experience as prerequisites for admission to the College. Members are also required to keep abreast of the most up-to-date, relevant information and latest medical and scientific advances. Overall, the key role of the CPCA is to develop and maintain the highest standards in cosmetic medicine, which helps safeguard the public.
Tell me babez, would you/have you had any botox or filler treatments done?