Understanding injectable anti-ageing treatments
Cosmetic injectables have revolutionised the aesthetics sector, and have made effective treatments and dramatic results more accessible. It can be difficult to know what’s what, though, and misinformation can not only compromise your results, but your safety, too. Below, Elate Health gives you a basic guide if you’re considering injectable anti-ageing treatments.
Cosmetic injectables basically fall into two camps – muscle relaxing injections and dermal fillers. There are different types – and uses – to each, but the majority of injectables do fall under one of these categories. Muscle relaxing injections – more commonly known as Botox (although this is actually just one brand) – work to ‘freeze’ the facial muscles. Restricted mobility in these muscles prevents the skin from stretching to accommodate – which is one of the main causes of lines and wrinkles on the face. Muscle relaxing injections can also be used to treat hyperhidrosis, or excess sweating. Dermal fillers are used to fill in deep lines and wrinkles on the face, and add volume and contour to areas of the face that might be lacking definition. There are many different brands of dermal filler, and a lot of the newer ones are enriched with compounds like hyaluronic acids that prolong the anti-ageing effects. Fillers are also used in other non-surgical facial treatments, like lip augmentation and nasal tip contouring.
Typically, when a patient is drawn to injectables over other non-surgical facial rejuvenation methods (like peels, thread lifts and microdermabrasion) it is because of the convenience of the treatment. The average cosmetic injectable takes about 30 minutes to administer, and there are very few side effects. Results are quick and noticeable, and there’s very little downtime associated with the treatments, meaning patients don’t have to take time off work and time out from their busy schedules. But although injectables are one of the more convenient cosmetic treatments, they should not be considered flippantly. They might not be as invasive as a deep peel or surgery, but they’re not a new lipstick or a trip to the hair salon, either. Do your research and make sure you know everything you possibly can about them – both the virtues and shortcomings – before you undergo any sort of treatment.
You should only be prescribed, and administered, any cosmetic injectable by a registered cosmetic professional. This encompasses plastic surgeons, cosmetic doctors, cosmetic nurses and cosmetic dentists, all of whom should be fully medically qualified and equipped to deal with untoward reactions or circumstances. It should always be performed in a registered clinic, too.
It is possible to find Botox and fillers on the market from less reputable sources – even the most cursory google search will show hundreds of beauty salons and non-registered freelance workers offering injectables – usually at a cut price. The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has developed an ongoing campaign to clamp down on non-registered injectable usage. The RCS also recommends that practitioners should not use any sort of sales patter – avoid clinicians who use words like ‘nicer’ or ‘better’ – unambiguous words like ‘larger’ or ‘smaller’ are preferable according to a report filed by the association.
You should always visit someone who makes you feel comfortable and at ease, is up-front and frank about the treatment and who does not pressure you into moving forward with treatment before you have fully made up your mind. Don’t be scared to ask questions, and make sure you see case study images prior to treatment. If anything makes you feel uncomfortable or concerned, you should leave and seek treatment elsewhere.
So what can modern anti-ageing injectable treatments at Elate Health offer you? Botox in the forehead and lip collagen injections have both garnered bad reputations over the years for creating unnatural looking results. But not only have the treatments themselves become more advanced over time, patients have become savvier. Choose your practitioner carefully, based on their qualifications, experience and specialism, and have a thorough consultation with them prior to any treatment. At Elate Health, we’re proud to offer the services of Dr. Max Malik – a highly-skilled injectable expert and aesthetic specialist. In his spare time he also lectures, and teaches other doctors, on the safest way to administer injectable treatments; so you know you’re in safe hands.
Elate Health top tips if you’re considering injectable lip treatments
Do all the research you can before you even go for a consultation. The better an idea you have of what you want, the easier it is for a practitioner to recommend a treatment. So come armed with questions, time frames; even pictures can be useful – whether it’s a celebrity whose lips you’d like to emulate or your face a few years ago. Having a visual guide for reference can be useful for a practitioner. But remember to manage your expectations accordingly – you’re aiming to look like you but with slightly emphasised, contoured or more youthful features, not like a different person altogether.