Cosmetic facial injectables have been the buzz of beauty magazines and forums for a while. One of the reasons injectables have become so popular is that they tend to be quicker and more affordable than some of the more extensive cosmetic procedures, which sometimes involve surgery and/or longer recovery periods.

Many people don’t realise that these injectables can be administered by certain qualified dentists. However, before deciding if injectables are right for you, it’s best to ask a few questions.

So what are some of the common questions regarding this non-surgical facial cosmetic option?

common questions regarding cosmetic injectables

What are the side effects of cosmetic injectables?

Like most dental/medical procedures, injectables may result in side effects. Many people who receive these treatments do not experience any side effects, although there are some who do. Most of these risks and side effects are considered mild and are usually resolved with a return trip to the professional who administered your injection.

The possible risks and side effects include:

  • allergic reaction
  • redness
  • bruising
  • swelling
  • sores
  • peeling
  • inflammation
  • incorrect or over-injection
  • incorrectly injecting filler into a blood vessel.

One way to mitigate side effects is to be sure that the person providing your injection is qualified to do so. Look up credentials and professional backgrounds before receiving treatment from someone who may not have the proper qualifications.

What should I expect after cosmetic injectables or dermal fillers?

First, you should discuss the procedure with your dentist and make sure that you’re an appropriate candidate for the treatment. They should then pinpoint your concerns and the best way to treat them. The procedure takes about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the treatable area. You may be able to request anaesthesia to make the process more comfortable. Cold packs are sometimes applied immediately after the injections to soothe the area. For optimum results, the filler treatment may be repeated every 9-12 months.

After cosmetic injectables, many patients see the area smooth out, and less muscle movement means that the area is less likely to wrinkle. Patients who receive dermal fillers often see a plumper, rejuvenated look. However, no two patients are alike and certain procedures may be more effective on certain patients, depending on factors like age, health issues, lifestyle and skin type. Make sure to have a conversation about your individual circumstances and how this can impact the treatment.

It’s also advisable to look into the credentials of the professional who is administering the injections. Either a wrong dose of injection or improperly administered one can cause unnecessary complications. Injecting into the blood vessel, for instance, can result in redness of skin or eyes. Infections or inflammations at injection site can often be avoided when an experienced doctor performs the treatment.

It’s generally possible to resume normal routine functions immediately after a filler treatment. However, you should consult the clinician who is administering the injectable. Some physicians do not allow exercise for 24 hours following a filler treatment.

Also, be aware that injectables are sometimes used for non-cosmetic purposes, too. They can sometimes be a solution for issues like TMJD, migraines or excessive sweating.

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