This post is sponsored by JUVÉDERM®. The opinions on this blog, as always, are my own.
A few weeks ago, I shared my feelings from before, during and after the Beauty Decoded Live event by JUVÉDERM®. Go ahead and take a moment to read the post – don’t worry, I’ll wait.
Back already? Great. You’ll see that following the event, I felt more comfortable than ever at the prospect of having facial filler injections. Based on the wealth of information provided at Beauty Decoded Live, combined with the opportunity to see a live demonstration with almost instant results, I went from thinking facial fillers were something that weren’t for me to making an appointment at a local cosmetic dermatology clinic.
Dermetics, you are incredible.
Since admittedly I’m a noob when it comes to cosmetic procedures, I had a few questions (okay, more than a few). And while I’d love to provide a complete transcript of my 90-minute appointment, I figured it would be much easier to simply pick five questions I feel are absolutely necessary when considering facial fillers.
1. How long have you been practicing cosmetic dermatology?
Because, it’s your face, and experience matters. You’ll want to do research to find a practitioner that a) has a stellar reputation and a long list of satisfied patients, b) takes the time to make you feel comfortable during the consultation and, most importantly, c) answers all your questions to your satisfaction.
Essentially, at all times you should feel that you are consulting with a doctor, not a salesperson.
I need to give some sincere love to Dermetics in Burlington, ON – particularly to Dr. Nathan Rosen and his staff. From the moment I arrived for my appointment, I felt that my comfort was a priority. Having never experimented with facial fillers before, I was understandably nervous about the process, recovery and results. My consultation was thorough, and I truly felt that my queries were addressed in a professional, caring manner.
2. Are you trained in MD Codes™?
Developed by renowned medical aesthetics expert Dr. Mauricio de Maio and exclusive to JUVÉDERM® products, the MD Codes™ are a system used to strategically divide the face into different anatomical areas to guide the use of injectables. I watched a live demonstration of JUVÉDERM® injections using MD Codes by Dr. de Maio, and let me tell you, it was incredible!
3. How soon will I see results, and how long will they last?
The answer to this question will impact your time and wallet, so it’s essential that you have all the information up front. Generally speaking, results with JUVÉDERM®can last up to a year, depending on the particular JUVÉDERM® filler and the areas treated, the skill of the doctor, and your body’s own response to the filler.
4. Is the cost of fillers worth it?
For many, budgeting for treatment requires a simple re-allocation of your existing beauty dollars that you may already be spending on surface-level purchases like makeup. We all deserve to look and feel our best. Investing in something that really works is a great way to achieve this!
5. Does the clinic offer information sessions?
Many cosmetic clinics offer patient information sessions and events, where you can chat with the physician, learn about the science behind JUVÉDERM® treatments and sometimes, see a live demonstration. I’m quite partial to the Beauty Decoded Local events. Not only are they structured to provide exceptional information and debunk myths of facial fillers, they also allow the prospective patient a chance to make an informed decision without any pressure whatsoever. Beauty Decoded events take place across Canada at cosmetic clinics with doctors fully trained in MD Codes™. Find a Beauty Decoded event near you.
5. What can I do if I’m not quite ready for facial fillers?
If you’re not quite ready, it’s perfectly okay. After attending Beauty Decoded Live in Toronto over the summer, I was newly inspired to have an in-depth consultation at Dermetics. I made the appointment to see if JUVÉDERM® filler treatments were right for me. At the moment, due to a medication I am currently on, I’m not quite ready for fillers just yet. But know that when the time comes, I will be in great hands with Dr. Rosen, and his knowledge and caring demeanor have me convinced we will cross paths again.
However, this doesn’t mean that I left my appointment empty handed. I made a promise to take care of myself, and my skin – which includes a personalized skin care regimen with SkinMedica. SkinMedica products work with your skin’s natural healing properties to help you achieve transformative results from the inside out. During my consultation, I was introduced to “growth factors”; natural substances made by skin cells to maintain healthy skin and featured prominently in SkinMedica products. In essence, daily use of skin care products containing growth factors are known to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and improve skin tone and texture.
I began my new regimen two weeks ago and I have already started to see results! In the meantime, I feel good knowing that I am doing everything I can to prolong the health and youthful appearance of my skin.
There are many more questions you may want to ask, and much more information you’ll need before you can make an informed decision about facial fillers, but I hope you’ll find my post a great starting point.