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Cosmetic injectables have gained immense popularity as non-surgical solutions for enhancing one’s appearance. Whether reducing wrinkles, adding volume, or achieving a more youthful look, aesthetic injectables offer a range of possibilities. But how much planning, research, and preparation are patients putting in?

An Aesthetic Journey

BeautyTok is filled with updates and trends that many flock to try out; however, to perfect the art of injectables, it’s essential for proper planning and preparation. 

Using a combination of different types of injectables, like dermal fillers and botulinum toxin, has become increasingly popular to achieve more comprehensive results and address multiple concerns at once. From selecting the right treatment to choosing a qualified specialist, careful consideration at every step is crucial. It’s important to plan injectable treatments and consider several things before jumping into it.

I have provided the below guidance for navigating the process of planning aesthetic injectables effectively.

Planning Your Injectables

Kick-off with a thorough consult

Before diving into any procedure, it’s essential to read up and research – education is key. Understanding the different types of injectables available, like neuromodulators, dermal fillers, and collagen stimulators will also provide a more in-depth understanding of the results that are possible. Learning about their functions, benefits, potential side effects, and duration of results will also help to manage expectations and satisfaction.

A consultation is an essential step not to be missed before any procedures are undergone. This allows for an in-depth discussion as well as provides a sense of the practitioner’s work and approach, allowing for better planning to achieve specific results or goals. Going on an aesthetic journey should reflect one’s identity, with time taken to define beauty goals and aspirations. 

During your consultation with a qualified medical practitioner, they are also able to provide you with a tailored treatment plan that is unique to your facial features and desired goals. The days of one-size-fits-all are long gone, and consultations allow us to explain everything from side effects to timelines, to considerations, and the results – sometimes including steps before procedures, where we may need to work on the skin foundation before treating specific areas.

Be involved in every part – understanding what to expect is key

Online resources and social media platforms can form part of the journey and can help outline the latest trends and treatments, but should not be used as the primary and only source of education.

Many medical aesthetic experts share valuable insights and experiences online and engage in research that not only provides information about injectables but also helps ensure informed decisions are made.

Choosing the right practitioner is also extremely important, including those who are board-certified professionals who specialize in aesthetic injectables and have an artistic eye for detail.  Online reviews and testimonials help find providers that offer a mix of approaches and styles

Building a trusting relationship with the medical practitioner is key to achieving the best results and ensuring a positive experience.

Get clarity on budget needs and timelines

While beauty may be priceless, injectables come with a price tag. Factor in the cost of injectable treatments and create a budget that aligns with financial resources, including additional expenses like follow-up treatments if necessary and skincare products. The cost involved will vary depending on the type and quantity of injectables used, as well as the expertise of the provider. 

Additionally, align the desired results with a reasonable timeline that won’t interfere with plans like special occasions or work commitments. 

I would advise my patients not to schedule treatments too close to significant events, allowing them enough time to recover post-treatment. Remember, one of the side effects of injectables is bruising and swelling and can often require between five to fourteen days to fully recover.

Don’t miss a follow-up

After the initial treatment, it is important to follow through with the treatment timeline that is set out in the consultation process to ensure the best results in the long term. This also allows for the detection of any concerning results, and for the monitoring of progress or to discuss issues. 

Pre- and post-care must be carried out in full

Any pre-and post-care instructions given must be carried out and followed in full and vary based on the work done and agreed upon treatment plan. This includes a variety of requirements including avoiding blood-thinning medications (unless taken for a medical condition) and alcohol, oral vitamin C and omegas, before treatment, as these tend to increase the chance of bruising.

Patients should arrive at their appointment with a clean face and minimal makeup to facilitate the treatment process. Communicate openly with your doctor about any last-minute concerns or questions you may have before proceeding with the injections.  

Planning your aesthetic injectables is more than just a beauty treatment –  it’s a lifestyle choice and should be seen as a medical procedure.  Research, defining expectations and goals, choosing a reputable medical doctor, scheduling consultations, confirming budget needs and timelines, preparing for the procedure, and following post-procedure care instructions are all part of ensuring a seamless experience. 

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Dr Alek Nikolic

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).


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