The aging process can really take a toll on your skin and make you long for the days of your youth. If you’re looking for a solution to restore volume to your face and rejuvenate your skin, injectables – whether dermal fillers or Botox – may be a great option for you.
Botox®, RADIESSE®, VOLUMA™, JUVÉDERM®, and Belotero®, are popular injectable fillers that are so common it seems that almost anyone can administer them.
Although their safety profile is excellent and complications are extremely rare, injectables are only safe in the hands of an experienced injector. Before choosing your provider, make sure they experience and are properly certified.
Dr. Pompeyo Chavez, our expert at Soulage Wellness & Aesthetic Center in Bastrop, Texas, was trained by the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM). Below, we asked him to go over some of the risks patients can expose themselves to by opting for less educated or less experienced injectors.
Frozen faces and overly filled faces stand out, but they aren’t the norm. Rather, they’re the result of poor technique.
Fillers come in different consistencies. Some are smoother, and others are more granular. The smooth fillers work best on filling wrinkles, whereas the granular ones are better at replacing lost volume in the face.
With Botox, the dose and the placement impact the final results. Even a few millimeters in the wrong direction can freeze the wrong muscle. In addition, too much Botox can lead to unnatural results.
Increased risk for unwanted side effects
Some side effects are normal and to be expected. For example, because the substances are injected, the needles alone can cause some bruising, redness, and sensitivity.
However, if placed incorrectly, injectables can come with a series of challenges. For example, incorrectly placed Botox can cause your eyelids to droop or your muscles to lose tone quickly.
Poorly injected dermal fillers can lead to a lumpy appearance.
Increased risk for severe complications
Injectables are safe when injected by someone well-versed in facial anatomy. But if the injectables block one of the blood vessels supplying the optic nerve in the eyes, blindness can result.
There have been only about 17 documented cases worldwide in which injections with hyaluronic acid have caused blindness.
Get the best results with injectables
When injected by someone who is trained and experienced, injectables provide results that are truly spectacular with minimum effort on your part. For expert aesthetic care, contact us to schedule an appointment. Dr. Chavez is more than happy to examine your face and make recommendations based on your aesthetic goals. In addition to injectables, he also offers chemical peels and other facials designed to rejuvenate the face.