A conversation with the Nurse, on...DERMAL FILLERS
Chances are, you’ve heard about or know someone who’s had dermal fillers! With so many procedures and products available, to the consumer, today, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by choices and discouraged by internet horror stories! We’ve gathered your most common questions and concerns for one of our Master Level Injectors (Christine Dale, BSN, RN, CLHRP)-let’s take a closer look at these nonsurgical procedures!
While there are many types of injectable fillers on the market, we’ll talk about the most commonly used type- Hyaluronic acid-based fillers (We’ll call them HA’s, for short)!
HA fillers, such as Juvederm® (Allergan®) and Restylane® (Galderma®) are heavy hitters, when it comes to tackling the effects of aging, volume loss, sagging skin, and a multitude of other appearance-related issues! Both are FDA-approved (for various uses and areas). These fillers have been used, safely, for more than a decade!
We asked:So, what can you do with these injectable fillers?
So much! Hyaluronic acid attracts water, so when you place it into the skin, you are not only filling up space (volumizing), but also helping the tissues to retain a supple appearance from the hydrating effect! While fillers have been FDA approved for certain applications, many injectors choose to use them “off-label”, which means not yet FDA-approved.
For example, one filler may be FDA-approved for the cheeks, but considered “off-label” use for the lips. Achieving FDA approval for more than one area or more than one application would be a fairly lengthy and expensive process, so many companies choose only one area/application for approval.
HA Fillers have been used in the following ways: • Backs of hands • Ear lobe restoration • Acne scars • Cleft lip scars • Nasolabial folds • Lips • Noses • Cheeks and cheek bones • For a “lifting” effect • Jowls • Brows • Temples • Under eyes • Smokers lines and corners of down turned mouths
There are even applications for fillers in urology (injecting for the purpose of treating urinary incontinence in women) and in body modifications (genitals, nipples)!
We asked:There are so many places offering injections. How do I choose a good injector?
Nurse: ALWAYS ask for a consult! It is vital to make sure you have the opportunity to ask questions and gain as much knowledge as possible, about the procedure! Don’t be afraid to ask questions! This is YOUR body!
Some good questions:
How many years have you been injecting?
What happens if I have a complication?
What if I don’t like it afterwards?
How does it feel?
How fresh is your product?
Do you purchase it from the company directly?
Do you participate in rewards programs?
What are your licenses, certifications, credentials, etc?
What is the aftercare and recovery?
How much will it cost?
What type of analgesia (numbing) is used?
What are the risks?
Once you’ve discussed your concerns thoroughly, make sure you take advantage of the opportunity to communicate your wishes! Explain exactly what you hope to achieve. Tell the potential injector what results you have seen that you DO and DON’T like.
Lastly, recognize that injectable filler procedures combine the use of science and medicine, with that of art. Your results are only going to be as good as the artist’s (injector) abilities and skills. Ask to see before and after pictures, to gain a better understanding of the potential injector’s skillset.
One more thing-the injector you choose should help you in looking ahead. Dermal fillers are not a one-time treatment. Achieving the results you desire, should be a process. Feeling comfortable enough with your injector, to plan out future needs (touch-ups, maintenance, etc) is important.
We asked:A few questions, just for fun: #1 Have you ever told anyone they didn’t need filler?
Absolutely! In several different situations! One that comes to mind, is when I was recently asked by a client: “what would YOU do, to my face?”-my answer…”I would continue taking care of yourself! If there is nothing that concerns you, then there is no need to go looking for issues!” I believe we each have an individual beauty. What’s important, is that we affirm and believe in our own essence of being beautiful. The world is critical enough; if you see no need for enhancement, that is what matters!
#2 What’s something your clients don’t know about you?
I’ll give you TWO “scandalous” tidbits!
Lisa probably wouldn’t tell you this, but....
She has actually gone with several of her clients (at their request) to various cosmetic procedure consults (facelifts, surgical body procedures, dermatological procedures, etc)-sometimes having to travel great distances, to do so! She cares about her clients SO much, that she wants to make sure they are going to be well-cared for, no matter what procedure they have done, or what facility they choose! She has a true nurse’s heart!
And, as to what my clients may not know about myself…. I suppose most of them probably do not realize that I do my own injections. Botox, fillers, Kybella-all of them! My personal philosophy is: if I can physically experience what my clients go through, in my chair and at my hands, then I will be more empathetic and that much more skilled at providing the BEST services!
We asked:So, Do I need fillers?
That is COMPLETELY up to YOU! It’s true! Only YOU can answer that for yourself! My job, as your ADVOCATE, is to make sure you have a thorough understanding of what is available and provide you with the safest, most natural-looking results possible, within my scope of practice and experience! I really enjoy consults with clients! They’re FREE, and we can sit down and talk about what matters to YOU, with absolutely no pressure to do anything at all!
To schedule a FREE consult, with one of our Registered Nurses, click HERE!
Christine Dale is a Bachelor’s level Registered Nurse, and Master Injector for Simply Beautiful Medical Spa, of Arkansas. Together, she and her husband, have five children! Christine enjoys blogging about aesthetic procedures and health, and spends most of her free time: reading about medical-aesthetic procedures and advancements, as well as attending educational and training opportunities, to build her skills. She and her husband also enjoy: parenting, fishing, hunting, and adventuring Arkansas’ beautiful wilderness!