Aestheticians report that the most popular treatments for those seeking a more youthful look are those that involve injections. These include a variety of options such as Botox injections, dermal fillers, lipodissolvers, and more.
As a matter of fact, the use of these options continues to rise, notes a report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The society reports that of the 14.2 million non-invasive procedures performed in 2015, Botox accounted for 6.7 million procedures, with an increase in more than one percent from the previous year.
It was the most popular of all non-invasive procedures, with soft tissue fillers coming in second; those were up an astounding six percent from 2014.
One of the reasons women and men choose these procedures is because there’s little chance of complications and they require little recovery time. But how about preparation time? What does one need to do to get ready for a Botox injection or a dermal filler? Or do you need to do anything at all?
Aestheticians say “yes”, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor about preparing your skin to receiver those injectable treatments you’re considering. And a simple way to start is to put yourself on a good skincare regimen that will improve the epidermis so that you can maintain the positive effects of the injectables.
Ask your aesthetician what they consider an acceptable skincare regimen. Usually it involves a 3-step program: a gentle cleanser, a toner, and a moisturizer. An exfoliator or mask may also be part of the process, at least on occasion.
Gather recommendations from your aesthetician as to the products that can help get your face ready for Botox or fillers and stick to that regimen for several weeks before your appointment for whatever non-invasive procedure you’ve chosen.
There are other ways in which you must prepare as well, and these involve your whole body, not just your skin. If medically-appropriate, your aesthetician may suggest that you cease taking the following:
- NSAIDs (ibuprofen, etc.)
- Vitamin E
- Fish oil capsules
Stopping use of these will help minimize bruising. Also, it’s important to let your doctor know if you are taking blood thinners. Some patients on blood thinners may not be candidates for certain procedures, but chances are you can still go ahead with the treatment but should know that you are at a higher risk for bleeding and significant bruising.
In some cases, pre-medicating is essential, such as for patients who are opting for dermal fillers but have a history of cold sores or herpes simplex. Experts recommend treatment with acyclovir before the procedures in order to prevent an outbreak caused by the trauma of the injection.
In general, you should make sure your aesthetician thoroughly reviews your medical history before suggesting any treatments. Be sure to provide a list of all medications you’re taking and any problems you may have had in the past with allergies to certain medications.