Cosmetic injectables are popular in Australia with many women (and men too) booking in for the beauty-boosting treatments.
Despite that we still seem somewhat confused as to exactly what cosmetic injectables are and what they can and cannot do.
Most of us are across the fact that muscle freezers such as Botox and Dysport remove fine lines and wrinkles by way of paralysis. What we are more confused by is the other common injectable - filler.
So let’s cover the basics shall we?
Fillers are viscous substances (you may have heard of popular ones such as Juvederm and Restylane) that are injected into areas that traditionally hollow with age.
We’re talking areas such as the temples and the tear trough (the area under the eye). Given they provide volume, it’s fillers that are also used to create more prominent cheekbones and fuller lips (think Kylie Jenner for example).
They can last up to 18 months depending on the type, the amount and also, the area injected.
Today, both muscle freezers and fillers continue to advance so that in the hands of a skilful cosmetic doctor they can be used to provide a youthful yet truly natural look. Talented doctors are now more aware of how much product to use and where exactly to place it.
Plus, fillers, such as Emervel, one of the latest to hit the market, come in different thicknesses so that injectors have the option to choose the right type for specific areas of the face whereas in the past that wasn’t necessarily the case.
This means that in the hands of a talented professional, you’ll never look plastic or over-done, says Advanced certified cosmetic injector, educator and researcher Soheila Jadidi.
Right now Soheila, who heads up Diamond Aesthetics, is seeing many clients who are wanting to use filler to give themselves a refresh of sorts.
But they often don’t realise that filler might help them more than a muscle freezing injection, she adds.
“A lot of people don’t realise that filler can be used to boost jaw lines and to plump temples or under the eye area,” says Soheila.
“When I point this out to them they are surprised but they love the results - which frankly can be amazing.”
Soheila says that for some of her clients the use of filler is legitimately life changing.
“At the end of appointments there are often hugs and smiles,” she says.
“People are so happy to see what the perceive as flaws completely removed. It makes me feel really good about what I do.”
Of course, those kind of results will only come from a qualified, experienced and talented practitioner.
Soheila says finding one requires research. Before you book in anyway, Soheila suggests asking whether the practitioner is qualified to do the work and whether they have trained specifically in this area of cosmetic injectables.
Ask to see their qualifications, she adds.
Also, check to see whether they are up to date in regards to seminars, forums, conferences and training. Finally, ask how they manage risk and what they do if anything does go wrong.
For more information visit the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia here at cpca.net.au or 1300 552 127.
The CPCA urges anyone considering procedures such as anti-wrinkle injections and fillers to always speak to a registered doctor with experience in this area.