There are so many options out there when it comes to fighting the signs of aging. Over the years, injectables have become the most sought out facial treatments to combat over-active muscles that lead to lines, wrinkles and deep creases over time. Injectables are a great cosmetic procedure for anyone wanting to enhance their face with a more relaxed, softened look without doing a highly invasive procedure such as a facelift. Injectable treatments such as Botox and Juvederm are gaining popularity due to their immediate results and the promise of little to no downtime.

We caught up with our two head nurses- Leilani and Courtney to ask them the questions you want answered. Read on to see what they had to say about injectable services!

What are the most popular injectable services you perform at Honolulu MedSpa?
Leilani: Botox and filler
Courtney: Botox and filler

Name all the injectables that are available at Honolulu MedSpa?
Leilani + Coutney: Kybella, Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, Sculptra, PRP Facelift, Restylane (Silk, Lyft, Refyne, Defyne) Juvederm (XC, Ultra Plus, Voluma, Vollure, Volbella,)

What is one of the main side effects that we can see from getting botox?
Leilani: Side effects and undesirable outcomes are different. Side effects can be something like a headache. Undesirable results that resolve on their own is something like heaviness to brows or lid. A true side effect is Ptosis of the brow or eyelid.
Courtney: Adding onto Leilani’s, bruising

We see the rise of men getting injectables. What bothers them the most? (Forehead wrinkles? Tired eyes? Double chin? Crow’s feet?)
Leilani: All of it! Each guy is different.
Courtney: Agree, all of it

Have you seen any teens wanting injectables wanting to look like social media celebs like Kim and Kylie? Is there an age limit where they can start on these types of procedures?
Leilani: I’ve treated as young as 19 years old. 18 is considered an adult. I haven’t treated anyone younger than 19.
Courtney: Youngest patient was 20. She showed a picture of lips she desired. It was not specific to either Kardashian.

Not only does Botox help with fine lines and wrinkles. We see a lot more people getting the procedure done for migraines and even as an anti-aging benefit. What other are some benefits to Botox that we might not know about?
Leilani: There are more than 700 MEDICAL uses of Botox! It helps with muscle spasm, incontinence, Depression, just to name a few. Time magazine recently published the many uses of Botox.
Courtney: Adding to Leilani’s answer…Research and recent publications on Botox as an anti-depressant.

What is the difference between Botox and Juvederm? Which is better at fighting wrinkles? 
Leilani: They are both different treatments and products. They are not the same. Botox relaxes muscles in the face that causes wrinkles. Juvederm restores volume loss to the face.
Courtney: Agree!

What other treatments would you recommend to combat fine lines and wrinkles if people are afraid of getting injected with a needle?
Leilani: Injectables are instant gratification treatments. Anything other than injectables to combat lines and wrinkles will take time, patience, and a SERIES of treatments to see results.
Lasers, peels, PRP Facials.
A good skin care regimen that is pharmaceutical grade that will CORRECT the skin is key, consistency. Products such as retinol, Vitamin C, SPF, and antioxidants are a must!

Courtney: Yes. Lasers, microneedling with PRP, RF (radio frequency). Most definitely products! Retinol, Vitamin C, growth factors, SPF!, hydration.

What are some common myths about getting Botox?
Leilani + Courtney: It will distort your face! You’ll look plastic. You’ll look fake. Botox lasts 6 months, which is not true.

How long does each injectable last for?
Leilani + Courtney: Fillers last up to 12 months or less. Botox lasts 3 months with full dosing, so maintenance is required for Botox every 3 months.
Kybella is permanent. Sculptors up to 2 years.

On average, how much is each injectable?
Leilani + Courtney: Neuromodulators are $11 per unit. Fillers start at $475 and up to $1500.

Is there any downtime with getting any of these injectables?
Leilani: Yes! Bruising and swelling can be a social downtime. People can take arnica 7 days prior to treatment.
Courtney: If considering injectables (fillers mostly). Plan treatments up to 4 weeks prior to any major event (photo shoot, wedding, etc…) this allows enough time for touch ups or add-ons, and for bruising to resolve. This varies per patient preference, area of treatment, and desired outcome.

Because everyone’s facial features are different in the aging process, it is highly recommended to meet with one of our Aesthetic Nurse Specialists for a complimentary consultation before any injections. Give us a call at 808.528.0888.

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