Thinking about getting injectable anti-wrinkle treatments such as fillers or prescription wrinkle injections for the first time? You’re not alone. The popularity of all nonsurgical cosmetic procedures continues to increase with injectable treatments leading the way.

Many injectables now last longer and provide results that look more natural than they did even 5 to 10 years ago. We use fillers and neurotoxins, such as prescription wrinkle injections, at our Mississauga clinic for a range of concerns that our patients have. We often recommend combining injectable treatments to provide comprehensive results for patients who are not ready for facial plastic surgery. One of the most common questions Dr. Weinberg hears from patients at consultations is how to know when they should start getting injectable aesthetic treatments.

As you might guess, there is no single answer to that question because each person’s situation is unique. However, there are some general guidelines that can help you make the decision about getting anti-aging injections.

Here are 6 signs that you’re ready for injectable treatments—including a few that address conditions other than signs of aging:

  1. Have Realistic Expectations: This is really the most important sign showing you’re ready for any cosmetic procedure. Having realistic expectations means you want to improve your appearance, but you don’t expect to look like a different person. Getting a treatment that’s made popular by celebrity, for example, won’t make you look like that celebrity.
  2. Improving Facial Symmetry: No one’s face is perfectly symmetrical, but research shows people consider symmetry an attractive quality. Aging can actually worsen the unevenness of facial features, especially around the eyes, and I can use fillers to create more even contours.
  3. Improving “Gummy Smile” Appearance: Some people are self-conscious about the amount of their gums that shows when they smile, but they don’t want to undergo surgery to correct the condition. Prescription wrinkle injections can temporarily immobilize the upper lip muscle to reduce a gummy smile, but it’s important to choose a qualified, experienced injector.
  4. Softening or Shrinking Jawline: A square jaw is considered a masculine trait, and many women want to soften or shrink their jawlines. Prescription wrinkle injections can reshape the jawline without surgery, at least temporarily.
  5. Stop Excessive Sweating: Women and men embarrassed by excessive underarm sweating, called hyperhidrosis, can find temporary relief with injections. Therapeutic prescription wrinkle injections can safely and effectively treat the condition.
  6. Treat Chronic Migraines: One of the more recent benefits of therapeutic prescription wrinkle injections includes its ability to reduce the number and intensity of migraine headaches. Other injectables, including nerve blocks with cortisol or lidocaine, can also help ease the effects of migraines.

Whatever your concerns, the time to start getting injections is up to how you feel about your appearance. It’s a case of personal choice that should be based on accurate information.

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