Are you considering cosmetic injectables? In today’s episode I talk through some vital pointers to consider before letting the needle touch your skin.
13:16 Choosing Your Injector
Tip 1 - Why
When you consider cosmetic injectables, it’s important to know your motivations. Are you thinking of having a surgical procedure and you want to test the waters? Are you following a trend on social media? Is it peer pressure from colleagues at work? Or is it something deeper than that, perhaps you’re unhappy about something and by changing you’ll get a confidence boost.
By establishing your ‘why’ it’ll help you to better understand your motivations and whether it really is the right thing for you.
Tip 2 - What is your goal
Before embarking on any cosmetic procedure, it’s important to think thoroughly about what you want to achieve. Are you thinking of a dramatic change or a subtle change? It makes it easier for your injector if you bring in a photo of something that you would desire to have. This way both you and the injector can be on board and establish whether the goals are realistic.
Tip 3 - Budget
Whilst cosmetic injectables are cheaper than permanent surgical procedures, they still add up and can be quite pricey. Some clinics will advertise cheap injectables but this should always make you think twice as sometimes they are cheap for a reason, and very often the cheapest ends up being the most expensive. It’s important to speak with your practitioner about your budget so that a degree of forward planning can be made.
Tip 4 - Timing
This is a vital aspect to consider. You should know that cosmetic procedures take time to settle. Anti-wrinkle injections take up to 2 weeks to settle and sometimes there may be complications, for example, if the product migrates this can lead to drooping eyelids or brows, this alone can take a few weeks to settle after the treatment. We always advise if you are having injectables - whether dermal fillers or anti-wrinkle, to at east wait please wait 6-8 weeks prior to an event.
Not only is it important to plan ahead for events, but it is also important to think about timing in your life. If you are about to undergo a weight loss journey, dermal fillers may not be the most effective use of your money. It could be worthwhile waiting to complete your weight loss journey and then consider dermal fillers thereafter. With regards to anti-wrinkle treatments, these can be done during your weight loss journey, but be aware that your metabolism may be changing and so the longevity may be altered. Be sure to always seek the advice from your cosmetic practitioner for an individual treatment plan.
Tip 5 - Research
Cosmetic injectables may seem straightforward but they are not without their own risks. Your cosmetic practitioner should discuss these with you fully prior to consenting to the procedure. On a simplistic level, as a needle is used, it may cause bruising, bleeding and inflammation. More serious complications can occur, for dermal fillers, there may be granulomas or nodule formations, or even more seriously skin cell death and possible blindness. For anti-wrinkle injections, this may include product migration. For these reasons, it is essential to have full knowledge of what is involved in the procedure before commencing.
Tip 6 - Who is your practitioner
In Australia, Doctors, Dentists or Nurses can be cosmetic practitioners. It is important to find someone that has a wealth of knowledge in facial anatomy so that they know where to inject safely and what to do should there be a complication. Similarly it is important to choose someone who has experience, you may wish to use word of mouth or social media. Though do be careful as pictures can be doctored to appear better than real life.
My final tip is to consider, after all of the above, are cosmetic injectables for you. If the answer is yes, then I wish you the best of luck and please seek a second opinion from an adequately qualified health professional. If you choose that it is not for you then I am glad that this video has helped in your decision making.
With summer well and truly in full swing make sure you always remain sun smart.
We’re very fortunate that in this part of the world we have glorious sunshine but remember the UV index is at an all time high with average readings over 10. Exposure to such high levels can lead to ageing of the skin, which means wrinkles, but more importantly it increases your chance of developing nasty skin cancer. So this summer, stay sun smart and regularly apply sunblock at least spf 30+ as well as popping on a hat, sunnies and protective clothing.
Why not kick start the new year with a health check. Checking your blood pressure is a great start. Having a high blood pressure often comes with little to no symptoms, but the risks of having a serious medical condition such as a heart attack or stroke are increased.
The good news is, if you do have high blood pressure this can be managed through lifestyle changes and medication bringing your risk down.
To find out more information or to book for an appointment, head over to drnora.com.
Looking for inspiration for new year’s resolutions? Well look no further, in today’s episode I go through my 5 top new year’s resolutions that are easy to follow and beneficial for your health. I even include a bonus tip for keeping your own goals on track.
Make this year about you. So many times we put others first but how about switching that over and putting yourself first. When was the last time you had a check up? Is it time to see the doctor about that niggling pain? Or perhaps it’s time for your skin check or cervical smear ladies. Not only is it important to have a physical check, but it’s also important to consider your mental health. The past year has been very taxing on a lot of people. If you have symptoms of low mood or anxiety it’s important to get help from a medical professional.
Tip 2 - Exercise
Yes, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again! This doesn’t have to be overly strenuous. It could be as simple as going for a walk, or lifting some light weights. It is recommended to perform at least 30 minutes of exercise at least 5 days a week where you get slightly short of breath. This has positive impacts on your cardiovascular health. Please remember to always consult with a doctor before engaging in any new exercise programs.
Tip 3 - Reflection
How many times have you paused and thought about your day? What have you learned and what could you have done differently? By having time to reflect, it allows us the ability to grow and nurture our strengths and reduce our weaknesses.
Tip 4 - Positivity
Maintaining a sense of positivity is an important trait for us all. We all experience negativity at some points in our life, which is fine but rather than dwelling on that negative experience, connect with it, accept it, experience it and then let it go. Conversely, when you feel positive about something, this helps to lift your self esteem and raise your confidence which other people around you will notice, making them feel positive too.
Tip 5 - Diet
This doesn’t mean a fad diet or taking a herb, or excluding a food group. This means the old fashioned way of dieting, being mindful of your food choices and changing accordingly. So instead of picking up a biscuit for your morning tea break, instead pick up a couple of nuts or a piece of fruit. Not only should you think about your food choices but also think about your beverages, for example drinking plenty of fizzy soda is going to affect your teeth, not to mention the high sugar content affecting the rest of your body. Food can also affect our immune system in a positive way, we can gain a lot of our minerals and vitamins from eating fresh produce.
When you set yourself goals be sure to make them specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and set a time for that target. This helps you to break your goals down so that when you reach your target date you feel fulfilled and don’t feel disheartened that you haven’t achieved your goals.
I hope that you’ve found this video useful and as always if you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to drop me a line in the comments section below.