When Is the Right Time for Injectables

Posted October 25, 2021 by in Beauty

Injectables have changed how people think about cosmetic procedures. In some cases, they allow patients to have nonsurgical procedures that reduce fine lines and wrinkles. 

Injectables, including Botox and dermal fillers, have almost no recovery time and few side effects. So you can have the facial rejuvenation you want without downtime. 

But a common question is, when is the best time to start using injectables? Please continue reading to find out more:

Ideal Time For Injectables

Many people assume you should wait to have Botox and dermal filler injections when you begin to get fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, and other facial areas. 

Many patients indeed wait until their 40s and 50s to begin injectables; the most common age women have fillers is 40-54. However, people in this age range had about 1 million treatments in 2016, about 18% of all injectable procedures. 

You can have impressive results if you have injections in this age range. 

However, some plastic surgeons say you should start using injectables as soon as you see wrinkles. Many begin to notice tiny wrinkles and lines in the face in their early 30s. 

According to Dr. Otto Placik of BodySculptor.com, “If you see lines and wrinkles starting to form in your early 30s, you may want to talk to your healthcare provider about injectables. Having injections as soon as the wrinkles appear can plump the skin and prevent them from getting worse.”

You even can begin injections when you’re not even 30 yet. Some evidence shows that getting injections before wrinkles form in common problem areas can prevent them from forming. 

You will need to have more injections every six months to a year to maintain your results. But taking these preventive actions can prevent wrinkles from even developing. And this can help you avoid expensive, invasive cosmetic procedures later in life. 

Which Injectables To Consider

You can choose from many effective injectables today. Each product works differently or contains different levels of wrinkle-fighting substances to treat many facial imperfections. 

Some of the most popular injectables in many plastic surgery offices are: 

  • Dysport and Botox: These products work by freezing the tiny muscles in your face. When the substances freeze the correct muscles, they prevent that part of the face from moving, which smoothes fine lines and wrinkles. It’s essential to have a healthcare provider who understands facial anatomy, so they’re injected in the right spots. 
  • Radiesse: This product almost immediately plumps up the cheeks and promotes collagen production in the face, which helps to maintain your results. 
  • Juvederm and Restylane: These injectables use hyaluronic acid to replace lost volume in the cheeks and other facial areas. They also can smooth fine lines and wrinkles and plump up the lips. 

Your healthcare provider can use several injectables in more than one area to reduce wrinkles. And they can be used to correct dark circles under your eyes or offer a better definition to the jawline and cheeks. 

If You Don’t Notice Facial Aging

We look at our faces daily in the mirror. So we might not notice tiny changes over the years. Fine lines start very gradually and are barely visible when they begin. 

But you may want to think about having injectable procedures if you see creases between your eyebrows that don’t disappear when your face is expressionless. Look for tiny lines and wrinkles in the corners of the eyes, too. 

You shouldn’t wait until you have deep lines and wrinkles because these are difficult to correct. 

When You Need Touchups 

Injectables are helpful because the procedures are minor, don’t require surgery, and you can go right back to your daily activities. But the results aren’t permanent. 

So, you will need to have touchups every six months to a year to prevent the signs of aging from coming back. 

For instance, patients who have Botox injections need maintenance injections about two or three times per year. But Juvederm injections may last two years. 

Your healthcare provider can set up a long-term injectables treatment plan on your first visit. Then, they’ll check your face and advise when you probably need additional injections to maintain your results. 

How To Prevent Wrinkles

There comes a time when most of us will have facial wrinkles, and getting injectable treatment can turn back the hands of time. But you can get a jumpstart on aging by avoiding things that cause them in the first place. 

Some ways to prevent wrinkles include: 

  • Avoid the sun: It’s a scientific fact that overexposure to the sun will damage your skin over the years. People who have spent countless hours sunbathing in their youth almost always have premature aging in the face. But you can avoid most of the problems by applying SPF 30-50 sunscreen every day. 
  • Apply a retinoid: Retinoids are among the most studied anti-aging substances. These products can boost collagen production, and that will plump up the skin. They also encourage skin regeneration and can form new blood vessels. 
  • Use moisturizer: Applying a good moisturizer is like giving your face a drink of water. They hydrate and nourish the skin, and this is critical as you age because your face is dryer, which leads to wrinkles. 

If you have facial lines and wrinkles, using injectables and wrinkle-prevention techniques will go a long way to making you look years younger. 

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