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Everything you ever wanted to know about botox and filler

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Unsure whether botox or filler is for you?

The thought of cosmetic injections can sound scary, with images of large needles and overdone celebrities coming to mind. However treatments like Botox and dermal filler are far more common than you’d think – in fact, Botox is by far the most common of all non-surgical procedures globally.

Here’s everything you need to know about these treatments so you can be prepared for your first appointment:

What is Botox and Juvederm and where can you get done?
Botox is a purified protein developed in laboratory conditions and has been used for over 20 years for effective treatment of medical conditions as well cosmetic reasons. When used cosmetically, Botox temporarily reduces the action of treated muscles, resulting in softer lines or wrinkles in the overlying skin. The most popular treatment areas are frown lines, forehead lines and crow’s feet around the eyes.

Dermal fillers such as Juvederm are an injectable gel made from hyaluronic acid – a natural substance in your skin. It is used to plump and restore lost volume and is often used in the lower part of the face to enhance the lips or smooth out lines from the nose to the mouth.

Who can have cosmetic injections done?
Botox and dermal filler are suitable for most people and there is no ideal age to start, although treatments are more effective on less developed lines. During your initial consultation, you will talk through the options and the specialist will recommend a treatment, ensuring you are comfortable.

What happens at the appointment?
After a consultation you will be booked in with a registered nurse or doctor. They will then inject a tiny amount of Botox or filler directly into the muscles of the area you would like treated. The treatment is quick and only takes around 10-15 minutes.

What if I’m nervous around needles? Will I be able to have the treatment?
If you’re nervous around needles or injections, there’s no need to worry! The needles used are very fine. Most people describe the experience as uncomfortable rather than painful and usually the discomfort is a lot less than expected. Treatments are very quick to perform and are over in no time at all.

Are there any side effects?
Botox and dermal fillers are simple procedures which have little to minor side effects. After the treatment, you may experience slight redness in the treated areas, this should go away within 15-20 minutes. After Botox, some people also experience a minor headache and bruising.

How long do treatments last?
Results vary from person to person, but generally Botox lasts around three months. Most people report that they find with regular treatments the results last longer. Dermal filler results last longer, typically from 12-24 months although this does vary.

How much does it cost?
It depends on what you want to achieve and the areas you wish to treat. Most clinics will offer a free consultation so you can talk through your areas of concern and they can work out an appropriate plan to suit your requirements.

* This article was brought to you by Caci. To book a free consultation to find out if Botox or dermal filler is right for you, visit caci.co.nz.

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