Tuesday, November 06, 2012


After hearing about how many ladies have been getting Botox since the turn of the season, I had to write a blog about it after doing some digging.

Apparently, some women think since it is close to the holiday's, it is time to get Botox. Why? We have no idea, but after doing some digging, I found some helpful information for those who are choosing this route.

Like it or not, injectables have arrived. Look around, a lady you see in the salon every two weeks might get Botox or a lady you see every day in your neighborhood, you just never know.

When it comes to looking younger, more and more women are eschewing the nip and tuck and going for the needle. Last year, Americans spent more than $10 million on what doctors call "minimally invasive procedures" - skin firming and smoothing, lip and cheek plumping - what almost half purchased by women aged 40-54, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Injectables are technically a form of plastic surgery. But unlike traditional facelifts and nose jobs, you can get them everywhere, at neighborhood Botox parties, as an add-on at the dentist's office, at kiosks at the local mall.

Their appeal is clear - They're fast, easy, and cheap.

It is nonsurgical, there are no scars, no downtime, and minimal risk.
It is safe, cost-effective, and reversible.

What's not to like?

Every one of the substances that might be injected into your face comes with risks and side effects, from mild redness and swelling to visible lumps and nodules.Factors from the content of the injectable to the skill of the person administering it can have an effect on the outcome. Minimally invasive or not, it's still a procedure - on your face. If something goes wrong, there is no where to hide.

Treat injectables as you would any other medical procedure - Do your research (but more detailed than what we did), gather opinions, be safe and smart.

Here is a rundown of main categories as well as a doctor-approved do's and don'ts.

Wrinkle Reducers - These temporarily paralyze muscles, preventing them from contracting and causing wrinkles, primarily on the forehead, around eyes, and on frown lines. The most common is Botox. Another brand is Dysport. Both are a form of the toxin that causes botulism food poising, but at much lower doses. Results should appear in three to seven days after injection and last between three and four months. Costs vary depending on region and clinician, but generally run $300-$500 per treatment.

Hyaluronic Acid Fillers - These are the plumpers, puffing up lips

 (Ladies, we don't want to see this)

and mouth lines, smoothing cheeks and jaws, inflating undereye hollows. Injecting as a filler is like fluffing up a crushed pillow, essentially bolstering the skin. Results are immediate and last from six months to a year. The average treatment is around $600, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Volume Fillers - Collagen is the sine qua non of youthful skin - but it declines as we age. These trigger an increase in skin's collagen production. Radiesse, derived from calcium, is used to fill out the mouth and chin areas, and results are visible within a week. These average at $650 per treatment. Sculptra, made from fruit acids, also causes the skin to thicken, and results are more gradual, appearing fully after a few weeks, and can require touch-ups. Effective for up to two years, both are considered permanent. These average at $1,060 per treatment.

Fillers are very safe, however, if they are done appropriately,
you can have an overfill which will leave you looking weird
until it dissolves.

Fat Injections - This is a recently popular procedure that involves your own body fat. Fat tissue is removed from your hips or buttocks, processed, and then injected back into you, but into your face. Results vary. Fat fillers dissipate, typically settling at 60 percent and often requiring refills. Due to the additional processes of fat removal and treatment, each treatment is roughly $2,000 each.

Start small. Pick one area, get it treated, and see how your body reacts and how you like it. Don't get a permanent treatment your first time. Try a non-permanent, faster-absorbing treatment first.
Find the RIGHT doctor. Make sure you pick somebody who has the same aesthetic vision as you. Interview potential clinicians about what they'd recommend for you and asking to see examples of their work. You want to be on the same page in terms of treatment and results.
Ask for the box. When paying for a treatment, you're buying the whole package, not someone else's leftovers. A box of Juvederm or Restylane should be opened in front of you so you know it's a new, fresh box. If they're bringing a syringe from the back room, say you're uncomfortable with that. You might lose a little money asking for a new box, but it's a lot safer.
Ask about the future. Before you get the treatment, interview your clinician to learn exactly how the procedure will go, what the potential side effects are, whether there are any post-treatment limitations, how long the treatment will last, and what your options are if you're not happy with the results. And TAKE NOTES! You don't want any post-injection surprises.

Wait. If you want to have something done for a particular occasion, earlier the better. Don't do injections two weeks before an event. There is always a risk of bruising.

Overdo it. Remember, you're doing this to look good. You want a natural look for best results.

Get a filler with your filling. Dentists, gynecologists, or any other doctors or clinicians who don't specialize in injectables and cosmetic procedures are not appropriate options. You want someone who does it all the time, somebody who does it for a living, not a side business. And Botox parties are OUT. Medical procedures are not social occasions and should never mix with alcohol.

Take aspirin or ibuprofen before a procedure thinking you'll prevent pain. Before injectables, they increase your chance of bruising. You can drink pineapple juice, which is high in bromelain.

See you next time,


Be smart under the needle Ladies!


  1. I think the main reason why women have botox close to the holidays is because almost all cosmetic clinics have discounts then. It's very simple, even if this product is not as expensive as it used to be, we still like to hunt good prices and holidays are perfect for this.

    Last year before Christmas I had botox in Ottawa at half price and now I'm looking for a similar offer:) And this is not happening only with botox but also with dermal fillers, plastic surgeries or any other cosmetic service.

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