How to Choose the Right Injector for Filler and Anti-wrinkle Treatments

How to Choose the Right Injector for Filler and Anti-wrinkle Treatments

The use of non-surgical cosmetic procedures has increased. Used correctly, there’s nothing like filler and anti-wrinkle treatments for replacing the permanent loss of facial fat that occurs with ageing as well as for smoothing lines and wrinkles.

But to ensure a natural result that makes you look fabulous for your age, it is crucial to find the right injector.

Here are Dr Babak's top tips to help you choose your injector.

1. Check Credentials

Ensure the injector is a licensed medical professional.

There’s only one Medical Council recognised qualification for doctors in New Zealand, the two-year Diploma of Cosmetic Medicine.

There is NO official qualification for non-doctors, with some injectors only completing training courses of a few weeks’ duration.

Check the New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine member directory to make sure you’re using the highest trained medical professional in New Zealand.

2. They Provide a Thorough Consultation

Proper facial analysis by your injector using good clinical photography is crucial to determine if more treatment is really needed.

Schedule a consultation with the injector before committing to any procedures. This is an opportunity to discuss what you want to achieve, express concerns, and assess the injector’s communication style and willingness to answer your questions.

3. Focusses on Natural-Looking Results

A skilled injector aims for natural-looking results that enhance your features rather than radically changing your appearance.

How is your injector’s appearance? If they look fake, frozen or unnatural it’s a good indication of what results they will provide.

It’s important to understand that all faces are slightly asymmetrical, and that’s okay. Tweaking continuously to get perfect symmetry will likely lead to a distorted and fake look.

Overfilled cheeks can be a result of overly frequent treatments. Well-trained practitioners will sensitively decline treatment in such a situation, avoiding overfilling.

4. Understands Gender Impacts Filler Use

Creating a masculine look requires filler in different places than a feminine look. For women, it’s all about cheek filler; for men, it’s about enhancing an angular jawline and square chin.

5. Provides Personalised Treatment Plans

A reliable injector will create a customised treatment plan based on your unique facial anatomy and what you are hoping to achieve.

Avoid practitioners who adopt a one-size-fits-all approach.

6. Ask for Recommendations

Get recommendations from friends or family who have undergone similar procedures. They can provide valuable insight into the injector’s skills and professionalism.

Also look at the injectors reviews to see what their patients have to say about their experience and results.

7. Follow-Up and Aftercare

A good injector doesn’t just end the relationship after the procedure. Make sure your injector lets you know what their follow-up treatment includes as well as what aftercare instructions they provide to ensure optimal results and can address any concerns that may arise.

8. Trust Your Instincts

Lastly, trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right or if the injector is pressuring you into treatments you’re uncomfortable with, walk away. Your comfort and confidence in your choice is paramount.

Finding the right injector needs careful consideration and research. By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to choosing an experienced injector to help you look fabulous and well for your age.

Dr Babak is the only New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine accredited doctor living and working in Rotorua and only one of three across the wider Bay of Plenty.

Call or text 021 577 546 to book an initial consultation to talk through what you want to achieve.

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Product Information

BOTOX® injection is a prescription medicine containing 100 units of botulinum toxin type A. It is used for the treatment of frown lines, forehead lines and crow’s feet. For the treatment of primary hyperhidrosis of the axillae. For the prophylaxis of headaches in adults with chronic migraine (headaches on at least 15 days per month with headache lasting 4 hours a day or longer, of which at least 8 days are with migraine)

Do not use in people with defective neuro-muscular transmission disorders, infection at site of injection, glaucoma, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects include headaches, injection site pain/burning/stinging/bruising/ swelling/redness, local muscle weakness including drooping eyelids/eyebrows, eyelid swelling, skin tightness, tingling sensations, aching/itching forehead, nausea and flu-like symptoms. BOTOX® cosmetic treatment is not funded on the New Zealand Pharmaceutical Schedule. You will need to pay for this medicine. Normal Doctors visit fees apply. BOTOX® treatment should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Speak to your specialist about your own situation and about the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. For further information the Data Sheet and Consumer Medicines Information can be accessed at www.medsafe.govt.nz or ask your doctor. If you have any side effects or concerns speak to your doctor. Note: BOTOX® treatment lasts about four months and after this time further courses of treatment may be necessary.

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Xeomin is a purified botulinum toxin type A free from complexing proteins. It is used to improve the look of upper facial lines including frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines), wrinkles at the side of eyes (crows feet) and horizontal forehead lines.

Xeomin ® (Incobotulinumtoxin A) 50, 100 Units is a Prescription Medicine. Indications: In adults, for the treatment of cervical dystonia; blepharospasm; spasticity of the upper limb; upper facial lines: glabellar frown lines, lateral periorbital lines (crow’s feet), horizontal forehead lines. Xeomin has both risks and benefits, consult your doctor if Xeomin is right for you. Further information on the risks and benefits of Xeomin can be found in the Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) available from www.medsafe.govt.nz or by calling 0800 822 310. Use strictly as directed. If symptoms continue or you have side effects, see your doctor, pharmacist or health care professional. Common side effects include: Headaches; nausea; tenderness, swelling, redness, numbness or bruising of the skin; dry eye; heavy feeling of eyelid/eyebrow/forehead; face/brow not symmetrical, dropping eyelids/eyebrows. Serious Side effects are rare and include allergic reactions. Xeomin is an unfunded medicine, prescription charge will apply. Normal doctor charges will still apply.

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Product Information

The JUVÉDERM® range of injectable gels are medical devices for use in adults. JUVÉDERM® ULTRA XC and JUVÉDERM® ULTRA PLUS XC contain 24mg/mL cross-linked hyaluronic acid with lidocaine 3mg/mL. JUVÉDERM® ULTRA XC is for filling medium-sized depressions of the skin as well as for lip definition. JUVÉDERM® ULTRA PLUS XC is for filling mid and/or deep depressions of the skin as well as for lip definition and enhancement. JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA® with lidocaine contains 20mg/mL cross-linked hyaluronic acid with lidocaine 3mg/mL and is intended to restore volume of the face. JUVÉDERM® VOLIFT® with lidocaine contains 17.5mg/mL cross-linked hyaluronic acid with lidocaine 3mg/mL and is intended for the treatment of deep skin depressions, for face contouring or volume restoration of the face. JUVÉDERM® VOLBELLA® with lidocaine contains 15mg/mL cross-linked hyaluronic acid with lidocaine 3mg/mL and is intended for the treatment of any fine lines and medium-sized skin depressions or the enhancement and pouting of lips. JUVEDERM® VOLITE™ contains 12 mg/mL cross-linked hyaluronic acid with lidocaine 3mg/mL and is intended to be used for the treatment, by filling, of superficial cutaneous depressions such as fine lines and for additional improvement of skin quality attributes such as hydration and elasticity, via intradermal injection. All JUVÉDERM® products should be administered only by a trained healthcare professional. JUVÉDERM® ULTRA XC, JUVÉDERM® ULTRA PLUS XC and JUVEDERM® VOLITE™ should not be injected into the eyelids. JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA® with lidocaine should not be injected in the periorbital area (eyelids, under-eye area, crow’s feet), glabellar region or in the lips. JUVÉDERM® VOLBELLA® with lidocaine should not be injected into the eyelids. Application in the bags under the eyes is reserved for trained specialists. JUVÉDERM® VOLIFT® with lidocaine should not be injected in the periorbital area (eyelids, under-eye area, crow’s feet) and glabellar region. You should not receive treatment with any JUVÉDERM® product if you are below 18 years of age, have untreated epilepsy, history of hypertrophic scars or porphyria, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, hypersensitivity to ingredients including hyaluronic acid, lidocaine or amide-type local anaesthetics, any areas of cutaneous inflammation and/or infections, or if you have just had laser treatment, deep chemical peel or dermabrasion. Precautions: Caution is required if you have received treatment with another dermal filler; if you have a history of or are currently suffering an auto-immune disease, severe multiple allergies, anaphylactic shock, streptococcal disease, symptoms of cardiac conduction disorders; or if you are taking certain medications including anti-coagulants or certain drugs that reduce/inhibit hepatic metabolism. Avoid makeup for 12 hours after injection and prolonged exposure to sunlight/UV light/extreme temperatures for 2 weeks. Adverse effects reported after treatment with JUVÉDERM® range of fillers have included immediate or delayed injection site inflammatory reactions (redness/swelling/ itching/pain on pressure) persisting a week post treatment, haematomas, induration or nodules, discolouration, weak filling effect, risk of infection, abscess formation, granuloma, necrosis or hypersensitivity. Please ask your doctor or request for the Directions For Use for complete list of precautions and adverse effects per respective filler. JUVÉDERM® injectable gels are not funded on the New Zealand Pharmaceutical Scheme. You will need to pay for this treatment. Normal Doctors visit fees apply. Speak to your specialist about your own situation and about the benefits/ risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. If you have any side effects or concerns speak to your doctor. Note: JUVÉDERM® treatment may last up to 1–2 years and further courses of treatment may be necessary. (September 2018).

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Belotero – hyaluronic acid filler

New Zealand Mandatory Information for Customer use

Disclaimer: The below mandatory information must accompany any use of the Belotero name or branding in consumer advertising. The below text cannot be edited or changed in any form. Any advertising conducted by the customer utilising the Belotero name or branding must be consistent with the approved Instructions for Use available from www.merzaustralia.com.au/our- competencies/aesthetics/products/ and any applicable advertising standards/regulations. Merz does not take any responsibility if this text is altered in any way. Merz reserves the right to request changes or updates to these mandatories at any time. Belotero is hyaluronic acid dermal filler. It is used to improve the look of facial fold and wrinkles and restore volume, including contouring, shaping and volumising of the lips. Always read the label and consult your Healthcare Professional for more information. This medical device must be administered by a Healthcare Professional.

You should tell your practitioner and avoid treatment with BELOTERO® if you: have had an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients; if you tend to develop keloids or heavy scars; have any bleeding disorders, poor wound healing, inflamed or infected skin, or general infection; are under the age of 18; are pregnant or breastfeeding. Please inform your practitioner of any diseases you have or have had. These include in particular cardiovascular diseases, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, epilepsy, liver or kidney problems, skin infections or severe allergies. If you take medication or vitamins, have had previous cosmetic procedures, or have been treated with other implants, please inform your practitioner.

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 Restylane®

Important safety information

The Restylane family of products includes Restylane®, Restylane-L®, Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine, Restylane® Silk, Restylane® Refyne, and Restylane® Defyne.

APPROVED USES

Restylane® and Restylane-L® are for mid-to-deep injection into the facial tissue for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. Restylane® and Restylane-L® are also indicated for injection into the lips in patients over the age of 21.

Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine is for deep implantation into the facial tissue for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds and for cheek augmentation and for the correction of age-related midface contour deficiencies in patients over the age of 21. Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine is also indicated for injection into the subcutaneous plane in the dorsal hand to correct volume deficit in patients over the age of 21.

Restylane® Silk is for lip augmentation and for correction of perioral wrinkles in patients over the age of 21.

Restylane® Refyne is for mid-to-deep injection into the facial tissue for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds, in patients over the age of 21.

Restylane® Defyne is for mid-to-deep injection into the facial tissue for the correction of moderate to severe deep facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds, in patients over the age of 21.

Are there any reasons why I should not use products within the Restylane® family? (Contraindications)

To ensure a safe procedure, your doctor will talk to you about your medical history to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for treatment. You should not use products within the Restylane family if:

You have severe allergies with a history of severe reactions (anaphylaxis)
You are allergic to lidocaine or to any of the gram-positive bacterial proteins used to make hyaluronic acid
You are prone to bleeding or have been diagnosed with a bleeding disorder
Are there other precautions that I should discuss with my doctor?

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding, pregnant, or trying to become pregnant. The safety of these products for use during pregnancy, or in women who are breastfeeding, has not been studied

Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine, Restylane Refyne and Restylane Defyne are intended to treat facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds. Restylane and Restylane-L are also intended for lip enhancement. Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine is also intended for injection in the dorsal hand to correct volume loss. Treatments in other areas of the face or body have not been evaluated in clinical studies.

The safety and effectiveness of Restylane® Silk for areas other than the lips and perioral area have not been evaluated in clinical studies.

Tell your doctor if you have any history of scarring, particularly thick and stiff scars, or any pigmentation (skin color) disorders. These side effects can occur with hyaluronic acid fillers in general.

Tell your doctor if you are planning other laser treatments or a chemical peel, as there is a possible risk of inflammation at the treatment site if these procedures are performed after treatment

Patients who experience skin injury near the site of injection with these products may be at a higher risk for side effects
Tell your doctor if you are on any medications to decrease your body’s immune response (immunosuppressive therapy). Using these medications may increase your risk of bruising or bleeding at the gel injection site.

Tell your doctor if you are using any “blood thinners” such as aspirin, warfarin, or any other medications that affect bleeding. Using these medications may increase your risk of bruising or bleeding at the gel injection site.

The use of these products on gel injection sites with skin sores, pimples, rashes, hives, cysts, or infections should be postponed until healing is complete. Use of product in these areas could delay healing or make your skin problems worse.
Tell your doctor if you have diseases, injuries, or disabilities of the hand.

What are the possible side effects?

The most commonly observed side effects are swelling, redness, pain, bruising, headache, tenderness, lump formation, itching at the injection site, and impaired hand function. These are typically mild in severity and typically resolve in less than 7 days in nasolabial folds and less than 14 days in lips. Serious but rare side effects include delayed onset infections, recurrence of herpetic eruptions, and superficial necrosis at the injection site.

One of the risks with using this product is unintentional injection into a blood vessel. The chances of this happening are very small, but if it does happen, the complications can be serious, and may be permanent. These complications, which have been reported for facial injections, can include vision abnormalities, blindness, stroke, temporary scabs, or permanent scarring of the skin.

As with all skin injection procedures, there is a risk of infection.

The Restylane family of products is available only through a licensed practitioner.