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Cosmetic injectables include a whole array of treatments including Botox, fillers, Profhilo, and skin boosters to name a few. They are non-surgical temporary treatments that can help you look and feel your best. It can be confusing to work out the optimal order for these treatments. As well as if they can be done simultaneously during one session. In this blog, I discuss how to get the best out of your facial cosmetic injectables.

How do these cosmetic injectables work?

Let’s consider each treatment modality and how it’s commonly used on the face.

Botox 

Botox is the trade name of botulinum toxin. This prescription-only medicine blocks the connections between muscles and nerves causing them to remain in a relaxed state. This results in softening of your lines and wrinkles. Botox can kick in within a few days but takes 2 weeks for the full effect.

Botox injections

Common areas for Botox on the face

Botox is used for several reasons. Most commonly, it is used on the forehead to soften frown lines and forehead wrinkles as well as smile lines around the eyes. Additionally, it is used to relax muscles on the chin to reduce the dimpled chin or ‘orange peel’ appearance. Not only that but it can also be used to reduce the downward pull on the corner of the mouth. Furthermore, it can be used to soften lines around the mouth often termed ‘barcode’ or ‘smoker’s lines. It can even be used for ‘lip flip’ which enables more of your inner lip to show. Conversely Botox can be used to reduce a gummy smile. For those who suffer from teeth clenching or have a bulky jaw, Botox reduces muscle mass.

 

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers

Dermal fillers are gels of varying viscosity injected under the skin to volumise and create lift. It is often used in areas that appear deflated or display deep folds. Once injected, hyaluronic acid produces several effects. Firstly, by occupying space, it creates a lift. Secondly, by attracting and holding onto water, it hydrates and plumps your skin. Thirdly, it encourages collagen and elastin production within the skin maintaining the results. However, hyaluronic acid does not last on your skin forever. Depending on the area it is injected, your body breaks it down over time.

Profhilo

dermal filler hyaluronic acid

Profhilo is an injectable treatment with the highest concentration of hyaluronic acid. Unlike dermal fillers, Profhilo can spread underneath the skin’s surface. Here, it instigates skin remodeling without adding volume to the area.

Within the skin, it stimulates the production of four different types of collagen and elastin over a period of time. The results are improvement in skin texture, elasticity, and hydration. Although the product itself is degraded in 4 weeks, the biostimulation effects continue. This results in significant tissue improvement over many weeks to come. Due to its amazing water-holding properties, it can only be injected in specific areas of the face to avoid puffiness.

Skin Boosters

skin boosters

Skin boosters, as the name suggests, simply ‘boost’ the condition of your skin. Typically, skin boosters contain hyaluronic acid with additional ingredients that hydrate, revive and rejuvenate your skin without adding volume. By delivering nourishment at the right level your skin is encouraged to produce its own moisturisers, giving a lasting effect.

Skin boosters have many benefits. Firstly, they rehydrate dry skin and smooth superficial fine lines. Secondly, they improve skin elasticity. Thirdly, they reduce skin roughness and create a softer texture. Additionally, they help reduce skin pigmentation.

Which cosmetic injectables can I have at the same time? 

These treatments can be done in one sitting

Treatment modalities in different areas can be done together. Here are some examples:

Botox in the upper face and dermal fillers to cheeks, chin, jawline, or lips.

Upper face Botox and Profhilo.

Botox in the upper face and skin boosters to the lower face.

Forehead Botox and skin boosters in the under-eye area.

Botox to chin and cheek filler or lip filler.

Profhilo on the face and skin boosters on the forehead.

These treatments are best done separately

The reason for the interval is to allow the benefit of one treatment to take effect before another is performed. This approach also minimises possible complications. Here are some examples of treatments best done with a 2-week interval:

Profhilo and dermal fillers (in cheeks, chin, and jawlines.

Under-eye dermal filler (tear trough) treatment and skin boosters to the under-eye area.

Profhilo to the face and skin boosters for the under-eye area depending on skin quality.

Lip flip and lip filler.

Botox to chin and chin filler.

Masseter Botox and jawline filler.

Cosmetic injectables and skin treatments.

It is possible to combine any of the above with skin treatments such as chemical peels or microneedling in your treatment plan. For optimum results, it’s best to have a 2-week interval between cosmetic injectables and skin treatments. This allows your skin to settle from one treatment before undergoing another.

How do you prioritise which treatment first?

It all depends on your primary concern which is explored during your initial consultation. The treatment plans are tailor-made for you so difficult to generalise. Botox takes 2-3 weeks to take effect. Dermal fillers have an immediate lifting effect but can take up to 2-4 weeks to settle. Profhilo has shown noticeable improvement in 4 weeks but works best in the long run as collagen stimulation continues. Skin boosters start to work within 2 weeks but rely on additional treatments for full effect and maintenance. By taking advantage of their unique properties, different treatments can be performed together as listed above.

For your individual treatment plan, please use the following link to book your consultation.

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