KELLY GEORGE ANSWERS YOUR COSMETIC INJECTION QUESTIONS

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Meet Kelly George, named one of the Top 100 Global Aesthetic Leaders for 2019. We got Kelly to answer some of your injection questions. Heres what you wanted to know.

 Is there a right age to start getting injections for wrinkles?

There is no wrong or right age, it all depends on individual anatomy, skin condition and muscle strength.  This is something that should be discussed during a medical consultation. In my experience, it’s rare to see a patient who ‘needs’ it before 25, but there are always exceptions to the rule.  

 What are the long term effects on the tissue around where the injection has been placed?

Unless the injections have caused an infection (which is extremely rare), there are no long term negative effects on tissue near the injection sites.

Tips for less bruising and swelling.

Don’t drink any alcohol 48 hours prior to your injections or for 24 hours’ post-treatment.

Consider the blood-thinning effects of any vitamins or supplements you may be taking, and cease for 3 days prior to your injections if possible. For example, fish oil, ginger and garlic can lead to increased bruising.

Unless prescribed for a medical condition, avoid Aspirin and Neurofen in the 3 days prior to your treatment.  If you have pain, Panadol is OK to take. 

 How many units should you get done for your first time? 

This needs to be assessed on a case by case basis, there is no one-size-fits-all.

Are there any risks with injections?

As with any medical procedure, there are risks involved. Therefore, it’s very important to read the consent for before signing it.  Your injector should also talk you through all the possible risks during your medical consultation. Common side effects include: bruising, swelling, tenderness of the area and headache. 

More serious side effects include: drooping of the brow or eye lid (this is rare and often the result of injector error or failure to adhere to the post-care instructions), and vascular occlusion (blockage of the blood vessels in the face).  Vascular occlusion is treatable if identified early. As an injector, I am checking for signs of this throughout the treatment and educating my patients with what to look for in the early stages so we can treat if needed.

 Is prevention actually the best method?

Yes! It’s much easier to prevent a wrinkle from forming in the first place than trying to erase 50 years of damage. In saying that, it’s never too late to start, we’ve turned back the clock for many women well into their 60’s!

What happens if i get it done and don't like it?

With Anti-wrinkle injections, you simply wait for it to wear off (around 3 months) and you never do it again.  There will be absolutely no long-term effect on your skin.

With dermal filler, you can opt to have the product dissolved, however this comes with the risk of some of your natural volume also dissolving. This highlights the importance of selecting a reputable injector and having a thorough consultation to discuss exactly what your goals are.  

I'm afraid of needles! Does it hurt?

A little bit.  However, the most common thing I hear after a patient has had Anti-wrinkle injections for the first time is “oh, is that it?”.  It’s always far less painful than what they anticipate.

Can i get all the areas i wanted injections done at the same time or should I do separate appointments?

I often separate areas for budget reasons.   However, if you can afford it, results are usually best when all areas are treated at the same time.  

I don't want people to know i've had injections, Can you keep it looking as natural as possible?

Absolutely! That’s what I specialise in. With Anti-wrinkle injections, my goal is to reduce the action of the muscle enough that it can’t create deep wrinkles, but not so much that the client doesn’t have soft subtle movement in their face. With Lip Filler, if the client is worried that people will notice, I often suggest we use less product, but more regularly (for example 0.5mls every 6 months). This way we enhance the lip, but there isn’t a dramatic change to the shape.

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