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Aesthetic injectables continue to rise in popularity, and nowadays they are as common as getting a wax or having your hair done. When done right, they will have you looking and feeling your best for months, although they can be an expensive investment in your image.

Treatments range from $250 and upwards for injectables. This is dependent on the number of injectable treatments required per visit from the specialist, so it is important to know the tips and tricks to keep your results looking as fresh as on the day they were done.

Having the correct skincare regime can reduce your post-aesthetic procedure side effects drastically and prolong your results. I will provide some insight on how to enhance your results and improve the glow and appearance of your skin.

Enhancing Aesthetic Skin Treatments

What to do in between your treatments 

I advise my patients to incorporate hydrating ingredients such as hyaluronic acid into their skin regime. Retinol is another hero ingredient that should be on your radar, and it has the ability to boost collagen production over time. These two ingredients will help you achieve plump, glowing, smooth skin between your injectable treatments. 

Sun protection should also not be forgotten. I always tell my patients that SPF is non-negotiable, as sun damage is the number one cause of aging skin.

My hyaluronic acid product recommendations: 

My retinol product recommendations: 

DERMALOGICA Dynamic Skin Retinol Serum


My sunscreen product recommendations: 

Heliocare 360° Pigment Solution Fluid SPF50+

Heliocare 360° Age Active Fluid SPF 50

What to do before your next injection

Your aesthetic practitioner will most likely provide you with a list of things to avoid before coming in for your procedure. They will likely include the following: 

  • Stop taking anti-inflammatory medications, fish oil, and vitamin C supplements two weeks before your appointment as they will increase your chances of developing bruises post-procedure. 
  • Stay clear of wine and cocktails. Alcohol is a no-go a few days before your procedure. “This is because just like certain medications, alcohol is also a blood thinner which increases your risk of bruising, bleeding, and swelling.  
  • If you want your treatment to be “under the radar” cut back on your salt intake the day before your treatment. By saying no to salt, you are susceptible to less bruising and swelling. 

What to do after your injection

Post-procedure you will likely experience some redness and swelling, the best remedy for this will be to apply ice to the affected area following soft tissue fillers every hour. Also, remember not to touch your face or apply makeup for several hours, as bacteria from your hands or makeup can enter the tiny holes created by the needle pricks.

This is also the time to be extra gentle and kind to your skin, and you don’t want to use products that can aggravate it. I would advise my patients to stay away from retinol and exfoliating ingredients for at least two days post-procedure.  

You also need to avoid activities that will open the blood vessels like intense exercise, long hot showers, or using the sauna. It is also best to avoid your afternoon nap after your procedure. Many practitioners recommend that you stay upright for at least five hours, avoid exercise, and not rub or massage the treated areas after botulinum toxin injections. 

And yes, eating fresh pineapples does help with swelling and bruising as it has anti-inflammatory properties. 

Lastly, it is important to note that most soft tissue dermal fillers take about four weeks to fully settle and for you to start seeing the best results. 

Want to know more?

Whether you are new to skincare or want to take your routine to the next level, it’s essential to know how the ingredients work together in order for your skincare to be effective. I highlight which ingredients we should pair together for the best results, and the ones we should approach with caution.

MAIN IMAGE CREDIT: Photo by Lucas Guimarães Bueno

Dr Alek Nikolic

Dr Alek Nikolic is a renowned specialist in aesthetic medicine and is at the forefront of the latest developments in his field. With a focus on skin care, skin ingredients and cosmetic dermatology treatments such as lasers, chemical peels, Botox, and Dermal Fillers, he has performed over 20 000 procedures to date and is responsible for training many medical practitioners both locally and internationally. After receiving his MBBCh from the University of the Witwatersrand (1992) he went on to do an MBA at University of Cape Town (2000). With over 24 year in private practice, he has lectured and performed live demonstrations across the globe, including Bangkok, Rome, Paris, Monte Carlo, Prague, and Warsaw.  Some of his achievements include: Owner of Aesthetic Facial Enhancement Owner of online skincare store, com. Founding member of the South African Allergan Medical Aesthetic Academy Advisor to Allergan Local Country Mentor in Facial Aesthetics   Vice President of the Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Medicine Society of South Africa(AAMSSA) Associate Member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery(ASLMS).

The content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. For more information on your medical condition and treatment options, speak to your healthcare professional.

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