Everything you need to know about getting cosmetic injectables
We’re breaking down all the important questions to ask before having a cosmetic medicine treatment.
If you’re thinking about getting cosmetic injectables, you’ve probably got a few questions to ask your
treatment provider – and that’s a great thing! You should be fully informed about every step of the
process before having the treatment, which is why it’s so important to have enough time beforehand to
get all the information you need.
Whether it’s filler or wrinkle relaxing injections you’re after, here are some key things to know before
getting cosmetic injectables.
How long do wrinkle relaxing and dermal filler injections last?
With wrinkle relaxer injections, most people start seeing some movement return to the treatment area
at around the three-month mark. For filler, effects typically last for up to 12 months.
Does it hurt?
Our Aesthetic Practitioners are all highly trained and qualified so the injection process is quick, and the
needles are small and fine. You will feel a slight ‘pinprick’ sensation, but most clients would describe the
treatment as being a bit ‘uncomfortable’ rather than painful.
What are the side effects of cosmetic injectables?
Immediately after the treatment, you might notice some slight redness and swelling around the area.
Some people experience minor bruising or a mild headache the day after the treatment, but this will
resolve itself. We recommend avoiding alcohol and strenuous exercise for 24 hours following the
treatment just to be safe, but you can return to normal activities immediately afterwards.
How do I choose the right treatment provider for cosmetic injectables?
The first step is to enquire about their qualifications, level of experience and safety procedures. At
Skinsmiths, only formally qualified Aesthetic Practitioners treat clients with cosmetic injectables, and we
have the benefit of 25 years of experience from our sister brand in New Zealand.
We also have a clinical advisory board made up of industry experts, which ensures high treatment
standards across all our clinics and oversees regular training for our team.
How do dermal fillers and wrinkle relaxers work?
Over time, repeated facial muscle movements can cause lines and wrinkles to appear in your skin.
Younger skin has higher levels of collagen and elastin, allowing it to ‘bounce back’ more easily, but as we
get older our collagen levels decrease. Skin becomes thinner and less ‘elastic’, making it easier for lines
and wrinkles to form.
Wrinkle relaxers (otherwise known as Botulinum toxin) work by temporarily ‘freezing’ the targeted
muscle and reducing movement, which helps soften lines and wrinkles in the skin overlying the muscle.
Dermal filler, on the other hand, provides instant volume in the area where it is injected. It is made from
hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the human body. Filler is especially helpful for areas
such as the cheeks and lips, which can start to lose some of their natural fullness as we age.
What happens during the treatment process?
As a first step, you’ll have a complimentary consultation with a Treatment Advisor to go over the results
you’d like to achieve and what you can expect. This is the perfect opportunity to get all your questions
answered before the treatment.
On the day of the treatment, your Aesthetic Practitioner will administer the injection into the treatment
area and make sure you have all the post-care information you need. The injection process is quick and
most people can return to normal activities immediately afterwards.
Two to four weeks after the treatment, we’ll schedule in a review to check in on how your results are
progressing. If you would like a top-up at this stage, this can also be discussed.