How do you define the perfect gift? For many of us, the perfect gift is something that the recipient will enjoy for months or years to come. It’s something personalized, meaningful, and out of the ordinary. Ideally, it will generously demonstrate your love by showing that you honor the recipient’s preferences, hopes, and dreams.
Under the right circumstances, injectable treatments can be exactly this kind of gift. Gifting injectables can alleviate the financial concerns associated with cosmetic rejuvenation and help your loved one feel more confident. This present can also be a great surprise: Most people don’t expect to get Botox® or Juvéderm® for Christmas, even if they’ve expressed a desire for those treatments. Still, there are a lot of ways for this gift idea to go wrong—That’s why we always advise thinking carefully before pursuing any kind of cosmetic treatment, whether it’s for yourself or someone else. If you’re thinking of giving the gift of injectables this year, be sure to review the guidelines below before you make up your mind.
5 Things to Do Before Gifting an Injectable Treatment
Make sure you understand what different injectables do.
Different injectables treat different cosmetic issues, so to make sure you’re giving your loved one exactly what she (or he) wants, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with these versatile compounds. Injectables are divided into two main categories: Dermal fillers and neuromodulators, both of which use separate modes of action.
Neuromodulators, like Botox®, work by temporarily blocking nerve signals. When Botox® is injected into small muscle groups around the eyes and brows, it stops the nerves in those areas from telling the muscles to contract. Relaxing these muscles prevents the formation of dynamic wrinkles when the patient laughs, smiles, and frowns. This makes Botox® a great treatment for frown lines and crow’s feet.
When Botox® is injected by a trained professional, it won’t interfere with the patient’s ability to make facial expressions. A qualified injector will inject only a tiny amount of Botox® into the specific small muscle groups that cause wrinkles, not the large muscles that create facial mobility. Botox® is also extremely safe; it’s not toxic when used as directed, and it rarely ever causes adverse reactions. More people are allergic to shellfish than Botox®.
Dermal fillers don’t affect the muscles of the face; instead, these compounds target the deeper layers of the skin. Most dermal fillers contain a natural compound called hyaluronic acid (HA) that are already found in the human body. HA increases the production of collagen, a protein that’s essential for cellular growth and repair. Injecting HA into the skin can, therefore, counteract the effects of age-related collagen loss, smoothing the skin and removing fine lines. Dermal fillers are used to treat the large static wrinkles (creases that are visible even when the face is at rest) that neuromodulators can’t erase. Fine lines around the lips and deep nasolabial folds, for example, respond very well to dermal filler treatment.
HA gel is also useful for adding volume to treated areas. HA can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water, so a small amount of HA gel can expand to fill in a large area. HA-based fillers are often used to replace facial volume that’s been lost over time (most people experience a loss of facial fat as they get older): They can plump up the cheeks, fill in hollows under the eyes, and augment the lips, for example.
Even if your loved one is still young, he or she can benefit from the sculpting potential of HA gel. Many younger patients use dermal fillers to correct minor nasal imperfections, make their lips larger, or raise acne scars. Dr. Silverton is skilled in the use of multiple dermal fillers, including Juvéderm® Vollure, Volbella, Voluma, and Ultra, so he can help his patients achieve a wide range of different cosmetic goals.
In summation, if your loved one wants fuller cheeks or lips, dermal fillers are the right gift to pursue. If he or she is worried about the visible signs of aging, we recommend combining dermal fillers with Botox® injections to uniformly reduce wrinkles and increase facial fullness.
Try to figure out whether or not your loved one is a good candidate for injectables.
Only a plastic surgeon can tell you whether or not someone is a good candidate for any cosmetic procedure, and injectables are no exception to this rule. (This is why you should expect to arrange a consultation for your loved one as the first step in your gifting plan.) However, there are some general guidelines you can follow if you’re considering gifting an injectable treatment. This way, you won’t arrange a consultation for someone who’s clearly unable to go through with treatment—A situation that’s destined to end in disappointment for all involved.
Dermal fillers and Botox® are both very low-risk and don’t require any downtime, making them a more practical gift to give than plastic surgery. Most people don’t have to worry about experiencing complications or having to interrupt their busy schedules to recuperate after treatment; they just leave our office after their appointment and enjoy their results. Still, there are a few medical conditions that can make injectables a poor choice: If your loved one has multiple severe allergies, an autoimmune condition, or a bleeding disorder, these compounds may not be the best choice. Injectable treatments are also not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing.
Another factor to consider when gifting injectables is the temporary nature of these treatments. Botox® wears off after about three months, while fillers can last for up to nine months. If your loved one likes the results of his or her treatment, you’ll, therefore, have to consider follow-up care: Who will pay for the second round of injections? Are you willing to give the gift of injectables every year? If the recipient is your spouse, you may want to take a look at your household budget ahead of time and figure out if repeated treatments are a realistic option for you. You can also contact us to talk about our financing options. Dr. Silverton can help you set up a payment plan through CareCredit financing, thereby making it easier to handle the cost of injectables.
Make absolutely sure you know the recipient is serious about trying an injectable treatment.
One of the biggest risks to consider when gifting injectables are simply hurting someone’s feelings. If someone has never expressed a desire to try injectables, you might make them feel self-conscious by suggesting they need cosmetic help. Buying a wrinkle-reducing treatment can send the message that you think the recipient looks visibly aged, for example. This risk is particularly acute between spouses; the last thing you want to do is imply that your husband or wife no longer looks attractive, after all.
To avoid hurting your loved one’s feelings, we recommend waiting until he or she clearly states a desire to try Botox® or fillers. Statements like, “I wish I could get lip injections, but I just can’t justify the cost right now,” are a pretty clear indicator that it’s safe to gift fillers.
While the holidays are over, you can still give your loved one the gift of confidence. Without a time constraint, you can (delicately) bring up the subject of injectables and gauge your loved one’s response. You might invite your loved one to watch a few YouTube videos about injectables, for example. Alternately, if you’ve had (or considered) a cosmetic treatment in the past, you can talk about your own interest in aesthetic medicine.
Look for specials on injectable treatment plans.
Sometimes, plastic surgeons offer specials on injectable treatments. This is possible because injectables can be administered quickly (most appointments take just 15 to 30 minutes), so plastic surgeons can take on a higher volume of patients seeking this kind of treatment. Dr. Silverton is currently offering a $100 discount on the price of injectables (or 10 free units of Botox® for every single CC of fillers used).
Specials make injectable treatments both more affordable and more convenient. These events make it easier to combine multiple injectable treatments into a single appointment without going over budget.
Choose a qualified practitioner when giving the gift of injectables.
Looking for a great deal from a board-certified plastic surgeon is an easy way to save money on injectable treatments. Trying to cut costs by turning to an unqualified injector, on the other hand, can end in disaster.
Unfortunately, injectable treatments aren’t federally regulated in the United States. In some states, practically anyone can legally administer Botox® or dermal fillers, and this is why so many horror stories are associated with these compounds. Though Botox® and dermal fillers are very safe in trained hands, they can still cause serious side effects when gravely mishandled. Having an injectable treatment administered by someone who isn’t a medical professional (for example, a spa therapist) can result in nerve or muscle damage, eye damage, pain, severe bruising, and other uncomfortable symptoms. Furthermore, many unlicensed injectors either knowingly or unknowingly use counterfeit compounds that have not been approved by the FDA. In rare cases, these toxic compounds have caused serious systemic illness.
To make sure your loved one has a safe, enjoyable experience, we recommend working with a board-certified plastic surgeon. Not only are plastic surgeons highly trained injectors, but their knowledge of facial anatomy also allows them to produce superior results. They know how to identify areas of facial fat loss and fill them in just enough to restore youthful contours, for example, without creating over-filled “chipmunk cheeks.” They also know how to sculpt fillers after injection in order to precisely shape the patient’s facial features.
While some highly trained nurses, doctors, and dermatologists know how to inject Botox® and fillers safely, they don’t have a plastic surgeon’s understanding of how the muscles, bones, fatty tissue, and skin work together to shape the face. They also don’t have an in-depth understanding of the cosmetic aging process. Think of it this way: You wouldn’t go to a plastic surgeon if you had the flu, so you shouldn’t go to a doctor or nurse for cosmetic injectables.
Give the Gift of Confidence
If you know your loved one wants to try injectables, and you think he or she is a good candidate for this type of treatment, then it’s time to set up a consultation. Contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Silverton to learn more about the process of gifting injectables. He’ll be happy to share his knowledge and expertise with you as you select the perfect gift for someone special. Make this season the most memorable occasion you’ve ever had: Give someone you love the gift of renewed confidence and self-esteem with injectables.