What to Expect When Getting Injectables


The market for injectables is growing. Injectables made up 24% of all minimally invasive cosmetic procedures in 2019. But in 2020, that percentage increased to 26%.

Are you considering injectables for the first time? It’s normal to feel anxious about what to expect. Let us help ease your mind with this guide covering everything you need to know about injectable treatments.

Keep reading to learn what to expect from your initial consultation, during the procedure, and post-operation. And stick around to find out where you can get injectables in Wilmington, NC. 

What to Expect Before Your Treatment

Before you go in for your official injectables procedure, you should always book a consultation with your cosmetic surgeon or nurse injector. This is the time to explain your desired appearance, so your provider can present your available options.

In general, there are five different types of injectable products. They’re defined by the active ingredient used in the injection and include:

  • Botulinum Toxin (e.g., Botox injections)
  • Hyaluronic Acid (e.g., Juvederm, Restylane, and Belotero)
  • Calcium Hydroxylapatite (e.g., Radiesse)
  • Poly-L-Lactic Acid (e.g., Sculptra)
  • Polymethylmethacrylate (e.g., Bellafill)

Aside from choosing a type of injection, what else should you do during your consultation? We’re telling you everything you need to ask and tell your cosmetic surgeon or nurse injector next. 

What to Tell Your Provider During Your Consultation

There are a few things you should tell your provider during the initial consultation, including:

  • Your medical history
  • Any medications you’re currently taking, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin
  • Your cosmetic treatment history, if applicable

This information will help your provider determine whether and which injectables are right for you. 

Questions to Ask During Your Consultation

Your provider will have questions for you during the consultation. But this is also the time to clear up any of your own questions. The following are examples of things you can and should ask your provider. 

Am I the right candidate for injectables?

Injectables may not be suitable for you if you smoke or suffer from a severe health condition. People who are pregnant or breastfeeding should also avoid injectables. 

What results can I expect?

Setting your expectations before your procedure is critical. If you go in with unrealistic expectations, you may be unhappy with the final result.

That’s why it’s so important to talk to your provider about what you should and shouldn’t expect from your treatment.

What to Expect During the Injectable Procedure

Your treatment procedure will usually occur a few weeks or days after your initial consultation. After you fill out the proper paperwork, your provider will take “before” photos before prepping you for the injections.

The physician will clean the target area. When you’re prepped for the procedure, the provider will inject a pre-determined amount of product into the target area. 

Keep reading for everything else you can expect during your injectable procedure. 

How Long Do Injectables Take?

Injectable procedures can take anywhere from 5–30 minutes. Keep in mind that this estimate is only for one target area. If you’re getting multiple regions treated, expect your procedure to take longer.

Do Injectables Hurt?

Injectables are administered subcutaneously or beneath the skin. Subcutaneous injection needles tend to be smaller and shorter than other needles, allowing for minimal pain and discomfort.  Some injectables come pre-loaded with the numbing agent lidocaine. 

What to Expect After Your Treatment

You’ll notice the results immediately with some injectables. So, if you aren’t satisfied with your appearance, you’ll be able to tell your provider before you leave your appointment.  Other products, such as Botox, can take up to 2 weeks to see results.

Otherwise, here are the top things to expect post-injectable operation. 

Side Effects

The three main side effects people experience after facial injections are bruising, pain, and swelling. 

Pain after an injectable procedure is usually mild. You likely won’t need medication to manage the discomfort. If you are more sensitive to pain, take an over-the-counter pain reliever.

Recovery Time

The great thing about facial injections is that you can resume life as usual right after your procedure. Your provider may recommend taking a day or two off from the gym. But other than that, recovery time will be minimal. 

How Long Do Injectable Results Last?

Injectables aren’t permanent. Facial fillers can last anywhere from several months to a year. Botox usually lasts 2-4 months. Exactly how long your results will last depends on the type of injections you undergo, your target area, and how fast your body metabolizes the product.

For example, hyaluronic acid injections last 6 to 18 months. Meanwhile, autologous fat injections can last a lifetime. And getting injections to the face will last longer than injections done in the lips. 

Unless you get fat injections, you’ll need follow-up appointments to maintain your desired look. That’s yet another reason you should choose a provider you can trust to deliver the aesthetic appearance you want.

Book Your Injectables Procedure

Injectables are a minimally invasive way to get the look you’ve always wanted. The procedure involve little to mild pain, are quick, and can last for up to a year. Plus, with little to no recovery time, injections won’t hold you back from living your life to the fullest.

Are you searching for fuller lips, more pronounced cheeks, and more? You’ve come to the right place. Book a free consultation with one of our experienced injectable providers to schedule your injectable procedure today!

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