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The digital era has ushered in many things, including (of course) the internet and all the social media that comes with it. Never before has anyone with a Wi-Fi connection had such access to a favorite chef, an admired celebrity, or a beauty blogger. From fashion tips to skincare routines and facial fillers, you can find it all online. Instagram is actually a great place to conduct legitimate research into licensed skincare practitioners. It provides a platform where users can review photos of real patients and even videos of injections. Not only is this convenient, but it also goes a long way towards explaining why facial fillers seem to be more popular than ever– access to them and the results they provide is at our fingertips. 

Whether you’re a filler newbie or an experienced client, there are questions you want answered long before you sit in the treatment chair. Not to be confused with Botox (which aids and prevents wrinkles), fillers quite literally “fill in” trouble areas in the face or lips, creating a smoother, plumped up and more youthful appearance. The North Shore is home to many reputable injectors, including RN Esthetics, which has been recognized as one of the Top 100 injectors in the nation by Allergan (the manufacturer of Botox and Juvederm). With three offices (in Lynnfield, Newburyport, and Salem) and a long list of happy clientele, they were the perfect team to talk filler dos and don’ts with. 

What should we be looking for when considering fillers?
The experience of the injectors, including their safety record and amount of training is crucial. While going to a medical professional is important, just because someone has an MD or RN next to their name does not mean they are a great injector. Injectors specialize in fillers day in and day out. You want someone who is injecting all day long and not just in between surgical cases or one weekend a month. You want to find out how much training they have and whether or not they constantly update their education.

Who is filler for?
Anyone who is experiencing age related changes will benefit in appearance from fillers. We lose fat, bone, and collagen beginning in our early 30s. Prevention and early treatment can be really beneficial. 

How long does it last?
It depends on the product used and the individual. For example, those with a faster metabolism may need fillers more frequently, as the filler will metabolize more quickly than it would in someone with a slower metabolism.

What should a prospective patient communicate with their injector?
A thorough medical history including previous surgeries, recent infections, illnesses, dental procedures, allergies, etc. Be clear about your goals. It’s important to be realistic as treatments can happen over several visits, not just a one-time appointment. They must also be maintained. You need to take care of your skin, which may include the use of medical-grade skin products at home and having a skin care plan at your practice, rather than focusing on injections alone to improve overall skin health.

What should first timers expect?
Don’t plan your injections close to a big event. You want to have time in case of swelling, bruising, etc. Find a provider who is experienced with the use of Microcannulas, an expert technique, to reduce these risks. 

Lip injections seem to be especially popular. Any insights?
Find out the philosophy of the injector you are considering. Are they all about natural enhancements or is bigger better? Never decide based on price, as “cheaper” can cost you a lot more to fix in the long run. Going to an inexperienced injector can cause irreversible damage. 

It’s not just about the cost; invest in experience and expertise. Life is about taking chances – but not with your face!