We get it — the weather has turned colder and the days have grown longer. We’re certainly not judging anyone for choosing pajama pants and binge-watching marathons on the couch over going out. But we can’t stay inside forever, can we? Thankfully, we have the impending holiday season — and all of the socializing that goes along with it — to pull us out of our funk. This year, we want to help you look your best!
‘Tis the season of giving …
Sure, you may be thinking about all the holiday gifts you’ll need to buy this year, but we’re big believers that taking good care of yourself is just as important as taking care of others. If you’re hoping to smooth fine lines and wrinkles before that holiday party, now’s the time to gift yourself injectables so you’ll look — and feel — your best this season.
What are my options?
Injectables can treat both dynamic wrinkles and static wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are lines that are caused by repeated facial movements like smiling or frowning (think forehead wrinkles or crow’s feet around the outer eye corners). They are not visible when your face is at rest. Botox, Dysport and Jeuveau all contain neurotoxins that treat dynamic wrinkles by temporarily relaxing the muscle contractions that cause these lines when injected into the problem area.
Research suggests that these injectables could be used as a preventive treatment, especially when used long-term. If you’re wondering if you’re ready for Botox, we suggest talking to a Skin Pharm provider about how early treatments can slow the signs of aging down the road.
Static wrinkles result from a loss of elasticity and are still visible when your face is at rest. They require a different approach than neurotoxin-based injectables. Dermal fillers that are powered by hyaluronic acid are your best option to combat static wrinkles. You may be familiar hyaluronic acid — it’s a naturally occurring ingredient in customer favorites like Skin Pharm Youth Serum and Skin Pharm Youth Eye Complex. The amount of hyaluronic acid that our skin contains decreases as we grow older, which is one of the factors towards developing static wrinkles. Dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvederm smooth static wrinkles and improve facial volume.
What do I need to know in advance?
Injectables are suitable for most patients (with the exception of pregnant women) looking to treat visible signs of aging. Injectables are minimally invasive treatments with little downtime or prep work. You don’t need to do much in advance, although some patients avoid NSAIDs like aspirin or ibuprofen up to two weeks before the appointment to minimize bleeding and bruising. The injection procedure itself is relatively quick — usually just a few minutes — and while you may experience redness, bruising or swelling at the injection areas, you should be able to resume normal activities. We do recommend that you avoid rigorous exercise for at least 12 hours, so be sure to get your workout in before your appointment. Avoid rubbing or picking at the injection areas after your appointment, and if you experience any discomfort or swelling, apply cold packs to the area. Any visible signs of the injections should disappear within a few days.
I have a big event coming up. When should I book my appointment?
Great question! We get this a lot. If you’re getting injectables, we recommend scheduling your appointment two weeks before your event. This allows the injectables to take full effect and for any swelling, bruising or redness to disappear. You’ll see the effects from Botox and other neurotoxin-based injectables for three to six months, while dermal fillers like Juvederm last for nine to 12 months.