Thinking about launching headfirst into the world of injectables? You’re not the first to respond this way when a few more wrinkles appear or you see plumptastic lips on the ‘Gram.
But let us guess, you’re confused as all hell about the world of fillers and anti-wrinkle injections because it’s not something your friends really talk about openly? Don't worry, we’ve got you!
To demystify this brand new world, we’ve teamed up with SILK Laser Clinics who have just opened their first four locations in Perth (soon to be followed by two more before the year’s out). SILK specialises in cosmetic injectables, as well as skin treatments and medical grade hair removal, and their highly educated staff are some of the best in the biz, so you can be assured you’re in good hands.
Here’s everything you need to know before taking the plunge...
#1 Which Is Good For What?
Fillers and anti-wrinkle injections, you may have heard of before, but which treatment achieves what result? Simply put, anti-wrinkle injections relax the muscles in your face and smooth out wrinkles and fine lines, whereas dermal fillers are used to add volume and shape to certain areas of the face (hello cheekbones). Anti-wrinkle injections are mostly used from your eye area, upwards, and dermal fillers are used from your eye area and below.
#2 Talk Before You Act
Before booking in any appointments, consult an expert first to find out if injectables are right for you. Ensure that your cosmetic injector is adequately trained (a doctor or a nurse) and find out what products they use, how long they’ll last for, what aftercare is involved and how much everything will cost. You want all the facts, straight up, so don’t settle for anything less.
#3 Does It Hurt?
Everyone’s got a different tolerance to pain, but most people don’t find wrinkle relaxers to be too painful. You can expect the usual sting as with any kind of needle, but rest assured the syringes used are much finer. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, can be a little bit more painful. If you’re worried, ask about numbing options in your consultation. All the dermal fillers used at SILK contain an anaesthetic to aid any discomfort.
#4 How Long Do They Last?
The results from anti-wrinkle injections last until around the four-month mark and fillers last anywhere between six and 24 months depending on the area treated and the product.
#5 What’s The Down Time?
For wrinkle relaxers practically none! You might experience some redness immediately after anti-wrinkle injections, but that will fade after ten minutes or so. It’s definitely a treatment you can squeeze into your lunch hour! Dermal fillers are best arranged outside of work hours and before a weekend in case of any bruising or swelling. Ice helps to ease any after effects. However, most people find they can get back to work the same day.
#6 Are They Bad For You?
Anti-wrinkle injections are completely safe health-wise, they’re even used to treat migraines and excessive sweating. SILK’s dermal fillers are made from a naturally synthesised sugar molecule which is hydrophilic (attracts water). And if you don’t like the effects of either, they’re not permanent and will dissolve over time.
#7 Let’s Talk Money
In the past, injectables were only accessible to the rich and famous, but now they’re much more affordable. Prices start from around the $300 mark. Take that Kardashians!
To find out more and book a consultation, head to SILK Laser Clinics now.
Editor's Note: This article was produced in partnership with SILK Laser Clinics. To find out more about who we work with (and why!), read our editorial policy here.