Are you thinking about having a cosmetic procedure or have you booked in for one? These are the non-surgical in-office ones such as a ‘lunch-time procedures’.
Then this article is for you.
It can be daunting sometimes to undergo an injectable cosmetic procedure, especially if this is your first time. Often you can be worried about doing the right thing, getting a good result, and not looking like you’ve had anything done.
We’ve all seen those ‘pillow faces’ in the tabloids!
Be confident though, if you’re with a Cosmetic Dermatologist. They perform these procedures every day, have performed the procedures many times and probably had it performed on themselves on numerous occasions.
But fear of the unknown is difficult to overcome. So what are the Top 5 Things you should consider to make sure you know that you’re on the right path? To make you feel more comfortable about your decision to have an injectable procedure.
Firstly, be clear about what bothers you the most. There are some important questions you should ask yourself before considering an injectable treatment and I’ll be listing these in my next blog.
To help you get started – ask a friend to take a few photographs of your face. Get one of you in a neutral position looking straight at the camera. Then get another of you frowning, smiling, pouting and looking up.
This is the best way to be objective as it is so much easier for you to judge a photo than to judge yourself in a mirror.
Out of all of these photos, which one bothers you the most? What is the biggest difference between the photo of you in a neutral position and the other photos?
Ask yourself where your most facial lines are.
Can you see lines around the eyes when you smile?
Can you see jowls along your jaw?
Do you have frown lines around the eyes or smokers lines around the mouth?
Secondly, know your budget. Don’t blow your budget on your first treatment! However, be prepared to make some sort of financial commitment to get the results that you want. Once you’ve decided to treat an area do it properly. Putting in only a small amount of product may be cheaper but you run the risk of not seeing any improvement at all.
At the end of the day, that’s why you’re doing it in the first place.
As well, a smaller dose may not last as long. If you want to address a few areas then I would suggest that you stage your treatments, especially if your budget is limited.
This leads on to my 3rd point. Start small – just 1 problem area initially. Find out what your main concern is – your ‘hot spot’ – and treat this first.
Do one area at a time. Get used to your new look. You can always add to this but it can be hard to reverse the look if you’re not happy. The effects of some cosmetic injection treatments may take 3 months to resolve and for others it can be 9-18months, depending on what area you’re treating.
Also, try to start with an area that has the best chance of success with the least complication rate. Ask your Cosmetic Dermatologist where this is depending on the product you both have selected. For some, for instance this is the frown line area. It is an easy area to have treated, it looks good afterwards and is relatively safe to have done. Of course this depends on where your main lines are!
Finally, compliment your investment with a good morning and night cream. Include a sunscreen in your morning regime. There are some great sunscreens that come in a moisturizer and are tinted for every day use. I will address this in my next few blogs.
Top 5 Things To Consider
- Be clear about what bothers you the most
- Know your budget
- Start small
- Try to start with an area guaranteed to look good!
- Compliment your treatment with at-home products
If you have had a cosmetic procedure let me know how you went. Is there any other advice you would give? I would love to hear from you – call us today on 02 9958 1555.