How to Achieve Natural-Looking Results from InjectablesWho doesn't want full cheeks, smooth skin, and plump lips? While some people have them naturally, others rely on injectables to help enhance their appearance. Advancements in aesthetic dermatological technologies mean that injectables are easier than ever to get, last a long time, and are designed to be subtle. Want to learn more about injectables? Here's how to achieve natural-looking results:

1. Dermatologists love hyaluronic acid fillers for a reason

Injectables include both Botox and dermal fillers, the latter of which smooth out skin by filling wrinkles. These days, most dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, use hyaluronic acid that gives skin a plump, hydrated look. Once injected into the skin, hyaluronic acid can add to the natural plumping action or replenish the body's natural production of hyaluronic acid, which decreases as you age. For more natural-looking, longer-lasting results, choose hyaluronic acid fillers over collagen injections.

2. Remember that injection is an art

The key to achieving natural-looking results with injectables is finding a dermatologist who is a skilled injector. This is because injecting the face with dermal fillers and Botox is an art. Do your research, shop around, and be sure to ask to see before-and-after photos of real patients. Every dermatologist has different philosophies, techniques, and levels of experience.

3. Choose the right injectables for your needs

Various injectables do different things. Botox, for instance, treats dynamic wrinkles, such as crow's feet and frown lines. Dermal fillers made with hyaluronic acid contain different particle sizes that will deliver different results. Restylane Lyft has larger particle sizes that are used to rebuild thinned cheekbones, while a smaller particle size, like Restylane Silk, addresses fine lines and thin lips. Natural-looking results may require a combination of different types of injectables.

4. A bad injectable job is fixable

If you're unhappy with the way your Botox or dermal filler looks, don't worry. In most cases, you can have it adjusted. A dermatologist can dissolve a filler altogether or add more filler for balance. For Botox, if there is an under-correction, a dermatologist can inject more Botox into the face for better symmetry.

5. Steer clear of deals

Be skeptical of deals for injectables. Counterfeit and diluted injectables do exist, so you have to be careful. Ask to see the box and look for a safety seal on it. The price of injectables varies depending on the amount of product needed.

6. Make sure to get touchups

To maintain natural-looking results, you'll need to get touchups once or twice a year, since the effects will fade away without any long-term risks. Injectables don't prevent the skin from aging altogether, so you may need more product as you naturally age.

7. Go slowly

Don't overcorrect during your first injectable treatment. Instead, go slowly and err on the more conservative side, allowing the product to settle in your face. This will enable you to achieve the most natural-looking results possible.

Prepare before you plump

Whether you're using Botox to smooth out dynamic wrinkles or Juvederm to treat lines and creases, to achieve natural-looking results, it's essential to do your homework. Research dermatologists and the type of product you want to use. Though the results of injectables are subtle if they're administered professionally, the results are still impressive, with lines smoothed and extra volume added to cheeks or lips.

  1. "11 Things to Know If You're Thinking About Dermal Fillers," Self, July 13, 2017.
  2. "The Complete Guide to Facial Fillers," Allure, November 2, 2018.

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