In recent years, injectables have become extraordinarily popular among both men and women. We have seen a dramatic rise in the use of injectable products for facial refinement and facial rejuvenation. There are fundamentally two types of injectables offer by Dr. Rapaport: neurotoxins such as Botox
, which relax muscles, and fillers
, such as Restylane and Juvederm, which restore volume.
People are clearly more conscious of their appearance in these days of social media and “selfies.” While people are increasingly interested in doing things to improve their appearance, many remain reluctant to go under the knife. Injectable treatments performed by Dr. Rapaport uniformly involve little to no downtime, with patients commonly coming in before work, during a lunch break, or after work to get their Botox and/or fillers.
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What to Expect from an Injectables Treatment Session
After a thorough assessment and conversation about the patient’s goals and Dr. Rapaport’s recommendations for improvement, a treatment plan is determined. This is typically incremental so that improvements are gradual, natural, and well-controlled. Depending on the amount of injectables being used, a session may last up to 45 minutes. The discomfort is really quite minimal, with numbing ointments and /or ice used to reduce the discomfort of the pin-pricks. Gentle pressure will be applied by Dr. Rapaport and his assistant to reduce any risk of bruising. In most cases, there is no bruising at all, and small bruises, when they occur, can be covered with makeup. There is usually music playing during the treatment based on patient preference, and relaxing photos are displayed for additional distraction. Many patients will either return to work or have social activities within hours of their injections, and this generally poses no problem at all. One exception would be lip enhancement, which should be expected to result in some noticeable swelling for one or two days. It is worthwhile to avoid aspirin, Motrin, and similar blood-thinning products for 3 days prior to injections to minimize risk of bruising, although Dr. Rapaport has performed injections very successfully even on patients receiving Coumadin. The key is to apply gentle pressure to the areas, and when done properly, significant bruising rarely occurs.