I started getting Botox when I was 30. Honestly, I wish I had started earlier. I’m sure my expressive forehead and crowsfeet (I’m blind and squint like my life depends on it) would have thanked me for it. It wasn’t long after that I started using dermal fillers. Although I’ve been riding the Botox and dermal filler train for quite some time – it would have been better if I had checked my fears at the door and made the leap sooner!
For a long time, I worried about the stigma towards people who got Botox and dermal fillers and feared what people would think or say if I were one of them. Looking back, I realize – what a ridiculous thing to worry about! Shame on me for even thinking that way. In reality, if things like Botox and dermal fillers make you feel beautiful and confident – go for it! If you’re hesitant because you need more info or have unanswered questions, keep reading!
I recently sat down with my favorite injector, Brigitte Lacic at Richmond Surgical Arts to explore the world of injectables and get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Botox and dermal fillers. Below you will find answers to questions you have probably pondered a time or two when trying to decide if Botox or dermal fillers were right for you. There’s no need to keep wondering – like many others, I had the same questions before taking the leap, which is why I took the time to meet up with my girl and get you the answers you need!
Q: What are injectables?
A: Injections is the broad term for anything we put into the body though a needle. In the aesthetic field, we use toxins (Botox and Dysport) and fillers (Juvederm and Resyltane).
Q: What is the difference between Botox and Dermal Fillers?
A: Botox is a paralytic, therefore, it is used to treat fine lines that we get from movement (i.e. furrowing the brow, raising the brows, and squinting the eyes). Fillers are exactly like it sounds, they are used for filling deeper lines and adding volume.
Q: How long will results last?
A: Botox typically lasts 3-4 months, while fillers usually last 6 months to a year depending on the area being treated.
Q: How long does a procedure take?
A: Botox is super quick! The injections themselves take less than 5 minutes. Filler normally takes a little longer, around 30 minutes.
Q: What should I do before and after the procedure?
A: Ideally before, we have you avoid any blood thinners (Advil, alcohol, etc.) for a few days. After – ICE is key! The ice will help to lessen swelling and bruising. I also advise people to refrain from exercising for about 24 hours or lie down flat for 4 hours.
Q: What happens if I don’t like the way injectables make me look?
A: This a common concern before anyone gets injected for the first time. I always tell everyone that the chance of this happening is VERY slim! Most people wish they would have done it sooner. With that being said, filler is actually able to be dissolved. We can’t really do anything to Botox, but it does only last 3-4 months. If this is a concern, I am also a big fan of starting conservatively (we can always add more!).
Q: Which is better – Dysport or Botox?
A: Dysport and Botox are both cosmetic botulinum toxins, just owned by different companies with a slightly different molecular structure. Both are fantastic, what I like to do is switch you between the two every so often so that you don’t get “used to” either one.
Q: What are the most popular areas for Botox or Dermal FIllers?
A: Most popular areas for Botox are between the eyes (the 11’s), the forehead (horizontal lines), and the crowsfeet. For fillers, the lips, cheeks, and the deeper lines around the mouth.
Q: Are injectables painful? If so, is there an anesthetic given to help with pain?
A: Botox really is not that painful, just tiny little pokes. Filler can be a little more painful, which is why I always use a topical numbing cream to help ease any discomfort.
Q: Am I too young for Botox?
A: NEVER! (Of course you need to be at least 18) Botox is a preventative as well. Being a paralytic, think, if you cannot really make those movements that create the line, you will never get the lines. Personally, I started working in this field when I was 24 and started getting Botox at the same age (11 years now!).
Q: How much do injectables cost?
A: Totally depends on what areas you are treating and how much is used. With that being said, we can always be cognizant of any budget and do our best to work within it.
Q: What are the most common side effects?
A: The most common side effects are bruising, swelling, and feeling like a queen!
Check out some before and afters below! You can also see more of Brigitte’s work on Instagram – @RVAINJECTOR