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A Beginner's Guide to Injectables

Updated: Mar 22

We hear you…getting pricked with a needle may not sound appealing, but for millions of Americans, it is becoming part of a regular skincare routine (and we’re here to explain why!).

We all know wrinkles and lines are inevitable. Over time, we naturally lose quantities of collagen, elastin, and fat in our faces, which are what allows our skin to bounce back from stretching and creasing. When we lose these elements due to natural aging, or environmental damage (such as sun exposure!) then we begin to experience sagging skin, unwanted creases, and uneven texture.

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At Kalvera Skin Therapy, we treat each face as a piece of art.

What is your “why” for getting injectables?

Our #1 rule for injectables: do injectables for you, no one else. Right now the industry standard is to shame us into feeling old because we have wrinkles. At Kalvera, we want you to be the best, most confident you. The keyword in all of this, YOU (should I say it one more time?). Forget societal pressure, don’t think twice about celebrities that never age, and stop comparing yourself to others (it’s hard, we know).

The Kalvera Approach to skincare:

  • Listening over judgment.

  • Sustainable skin health over immediate results.

  • Restoring beauty, not changing beauty.

  • Less is more.

Keep these things in mind when deciding to move forward with any type of injectable. The end goal should not be to look like someone else but to come away with a refreshed appearance highlighting YOUR natural beauty.

Fillers vs. Wrinkle Relaxers

First things first, what are injectables? Injectables are a great way to reduce the signs of aging without surgery. They are placed in one of two categories, fillers or neuromodulators.

Fillers are injected under the skin to add volume, soften creases, and give skin a plumped look; think lips, cheeks, or forehead. Kalvera uses two different brands of fillers: Sculptra and Restylane.

  • Sculptra is an FDA-approved filler consisting of Poly-L-lactic acid, a synthetic polymer from the alpha-hydroxy acid family, that works as a collagen stimulator best used to fill deep lines and wrinkles.

  • Restylane is an FDA-approved filler that uses hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance already found in the skin, to add volume and fill fine lines. Within the Restylane family, there are a variety of different treatments based on the area of skin being targeted. Kalvera uses Restylane Refyne (for thin lines), Restylane Kysse (for lip enhancement), Restylane Lyft (for thick lines), and Restylane Defyne (for medium lines).

Neuromodulators are injected into the skin and work by temporarily relaxing your muscles resulting in softened facial expressions and diminished lines and wrinkles. One of the better-known injectables is Botox however, at Kalvera we use a similar injectable called Dysport. Both Botox and Dysport utilize the same active ingredient, botulinum toxin A, but have a few minor differences.

  • Dysport is a non-invasive FDA-approved injectable. Dysport has a lower molecular weight than Botox, meaning it can easily diffuse across larger surfaces hence potentially requiring fewer injections to get to the wanted result.

When should I start thinking about injectables?

The first step to great skin health is great skincare. Before jumping straight to injectables, start with your skincare routine and invest in medical-grade facials, which help your skin’s natural healing systems kick in.

If you start focusing on your skin health, you may be surprised at the difference it can make in a few short weeks! If you feel injectables may be the best next step in solving your skin woes, schedule a Kalvera consultation to address your concerns and we will create a personalized action plan.

How do I pick the right injectable?

How do you know if and what injectables are right for you? You don’t! Leave this to the pros. Before getting injectables, be sure to have an in-depth consultation with your physician. At Kalvera, each consult starts with skin scanning technology to analyze your skin health and use data to guide treatment and product recommendations. You may have an idea of your desired outcome, but a professional will know how to get you to that outcome.

Do injectables hurt?

While injectables may feel uncomfortable, they generally don’t cause a lot of pain. Depending on the procedure, some clients may request numbing cream, lidocaine, or ice prior to injecting. Injections are quick but you may feel a pinch at the injection site.

How long do injectables last?

The length of results usually depends on the location and the type of injectable but, generally speaking, toxins can last up to 3 months and fillers can range from 6 months to 2 years. Keep in mind that if you do stop getting injections, the wrinkles that you had prior will come back. And, for all you wondering, if you stop injectables, no your fine lines and wrinkles will not come back any worse than when you started!

What is the cost of injectables?

Prices can fluctuate based on the location, the qualifications of the injector, and the treatment used. Many spas charge per unit; a unit is the quantity used to inject the product. This creates a situation where clients are encouraged to have more and more injections at each visit, thus generating profit for the medspa. We don’t think this is a great approach for our clients. Our injection approach is less is more. With injectables, you get what you pay for. At Kalvera, we evaluate our prices based on the artistry, experience, and skill level of the injector, not the number of units used.

What is post-injectable care?

After receiving injectables, there is a small recovery period and it is common to experience a touch of bruising or swelling at the injection site. We advise holding off on any intense exercise, drinks with friends (alcohol can increase swelling!), and anything that would apply pressure to the injection site.

Excited to see results? You won’t be waiting long! The amount of time before seeing injectable results can vary based on the person and the product used. However, most results will be visible within 1-2 weeks and some people may notice a difference as soon as 3-4 days.

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Schedule a consult with Kalvera Skin Therapy to learn more on if injectables or fillers could be right for you.

So… where do I go to get injectables?

With an abundance of facial spas, salons, med spas, and dermatologist offices it can be overwhelming to know where to look for injectables. Keep these things in mind when deciding who to trust with your face.

  1. The location: look for places that are clean, inviting, and comfortable. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and make sure the procedures are always explained.

  2. The cost: Price should not be a determining factor, especially when it comes to your face (yes, this means steering clear of Groupon)!

  3. The injector: Do your homework on the credentials and mastery of the injector. At Kalvera, our master injectors are trained by a board-certified physician and treat each face as a piece of art.

  4. The staff: Take a look at the staff and the physician performing your treatment as they most likely have received the services themselves; do they look like they’ve gotten work done? If you are looking for a natural look, you want the injector to emulate this.

Our goal at Kalvera is to boost your skin’s health so that you end up needing to use fewer injectables over time. However, if you’ve already had an in-depth consultation with your doctor and something can only be addressed by injectables, think of this guide as your Kalvera Injectables Instructor, diving deeper into the what, how, why, and who of the injectables world!

By Angela H.

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