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From medical spas to DIY home treatments, there are so many different ways to change your appearance and put your best face forward. One popular method of cosmetic enhancement is cosmetic injections, though many do hesitate before committing to injections. This is usually because they don’t know where to start or are unfamiliar with the process. To help, the following is a beginner’s guide to everything you should know before you go under the needle.

There are three types of fillers

Cosmetic injections, also known as fillers, are versatile in that there are plenty of options for you depending on your desired look. But not all injectables are created equal. In fact, there are three categories:


Used primarily to weaken and/or paralyze the muscles in your face, this type of injectable is used to smooth wrinkles and fine lines. The most common kind is Botox, but there are other varieties such as Jeuveau, Xeomin, and Dysport.

Dermal FIllers

These sit right under the skin and are used to provide volume and support to the different planes of the face. Dermal fillers are versatile as they can plump lips, get rid of crepey skin, or make your eyes appear less sunken in. Brand name dermal fillers are Restylane, Juvederm, and Vollure.


Kybella is an FDA-approved acid that will dissolve fat underneath your chin. It is typically used to reduce the appearance of a double chin.

Your budget is important 

As with anything else, you pay for what you get. Prices will vary per region you are in, and it is important to look at your budget before making the final decision. When you are investing in injectables, you are investing in your appearance, and you don’t want to be unhappy with the results you get. Therefore, it’s always a good plan to set aside more money than you think you will need. For perspective, most fillers cost anywhere from $500 to $2,000 per syringe. Keep in mind that you’ll have to maintain the appearance and get follow-up procedures done on a scheduled basis. Fillers aren’t permanent, and depending on what option you choose, you may have to return every couple months or so for more injections.

Don’t bring reference pictures

Each face is created differently, and it can be hard for your doctor to guarantee you the same injectable results as your favorite celebrity. Reference pictures aren’t helpful because they can distract you from coming up with a realistic goal. Instead, bring photos of you in which you like how you look, and be open about your wants and goals with your doctor. For example, if you don’t like the size of your lips, think about how big you’d like for them to be. Or if you’re interested in getting a more chiseled look, ask what method is best for you to eliminate fat. This way, you can create a customized plan that works just for you.

Know the right pre-op and post-op care

While simple, cosmetic injections are a medical treatment and do require some specific pre-op and post-op care plans. Depending on the option you choose, you may have to take some precautions in order to minimize swelling and bruising, while others can be done easily over your lunch break! Make sure to communicate thoroughly with your doctor about what you need to do to take care of your health and wellness both before and after treatment, and you will cut down on risks and side effects greatly. Above anything else, don’t be afraid to ask questions.

There is a lot to know about cosmetic injections, and this guide is just a start. With this information, you’ll be ready to put your best face forward in no time at all.