Does it hurt?
Botox/Dysport injections use teeny tiny needles, the same ones used for insulin. It feels like a little pinch. Most often a first time client’s response is, “That’s it? I thought it would hurt more.” Fillers also use very small needles and in some cases a cannula, which is a blunt tip type of needle. Often times Hillary will use a prescription based numbing cream to make it comfortable. There is also a little medical vibrator that it is placed on the face to help distract the nerves from the pokes. Hillary has a very soft touch and takes extra steps to make sure you feel comfortable during all procedures.
What is a cannula?
A cannula is different from a regular needle. It is skinny and long like a needle, but instead of having a sharp point on the end, it is round and closed. The hole where the filler comes out is on the side. A needle is used to make a small opening in the skin and then the cannula is inserted which allows the injector access under the skin to “push” through the tissues instead of “pierce” the tissues like a needle. This technique is used to reduce bruising and to use in places to avoid complications with blood vessels.
When does Botox/Dysport start working and how long do they last?
Botox usually starts working within 3-5 days but takes a full 14 days to 100% work. Dysport starts working usually a little faster, within 2-4 days, but also needs 14 days to 100% kick in. Both medications should last around 3-4 months, with some movement slowly returning around the 2.5 month mark or so.
What are common problems with getting Botox/Dysport?
Botox and Dysport are very safe medications. There are over 700 FDA approved uses for Botox! Allergic reactions, although possible, are extremely rare. If you have a severe and true milk allergy (not the same as lactose intolerant) Dysport is not a good option for you. If too much Botox/Dysport is injected it can cause droopy eyebrows. That is why Hillary always injects small amounts to begin with-cause you can always add more later! If the medication is placed incorrectly or moves via the blood supply it can make one eyelid very difficult to open. This can be treated with medication and will get better within a few weeks. This only occurs in less than 3% of the time in general and with an experienced injector like Hillary, it’s more like less than 0.01% of the time (basically never). Eyebrows can sometimes be slightly uneven after a treatment, mainly because your eyebrows are uneven to begin with! One eyebrow might have stronger muscles above it to begin with and may require additional medication. But overall, if one eyebrow is too high it can be easily corrected with a little touch up. “Spock” eyebrows can occur if an injector does not put any or enough Botox/Dysport above the eyebrows. Again, this can be resolved with a little touch up. The good news when it comes to Botox and Dysport issues is that they will ALWAYS resolve because the medication effects are temporary!
Do lip injections make you look like a “duck”?
Of course this is by far one of the most common concerns people have when getting injected and rightfully so! Like anything, lip injections can be done poorly, overdone and have poor product choice. Hillary takes her time to discuss things with you to make sure you’re both on the same page with your desired results. Additionally, she can show you how your lips are looking in between pokes to make sure you are comfortable with the outcome. Her goal is to make you LOVE your injections. Plus, she doesn’t believe in duck lips-so no worries, pinky promise, no duck lips!
How often should I get Botox or Dysport?
Most injectors will tell you that you need Botox/Dysport every 3 months. Of course they do, it’s good for their pocket book! But truthfully, no one NEEDS Botox. So you should get it as often as you like and as your finances allow. Hillary usually recommends that it’s a good idea to do it twice a year if it’s something you want to keep up on and prevent wrinkles from forming. Three times a year is probably the most realistic and if you can do it every 3 months, great! But you do you boo. Hillary will be there for you when you’re ready.
How often should I get filler?
First, read the above. Same concept applies. But there is more variation in filler in that maybe one month you’ll come in and get your cheeks done. Then two months later you’ll want to get your lips done in time for Valentine’s day or a fun trip. So, you should get filler done when you’d like. Plus, everyone’s filler will last different lengths so please don’t just get your lips filled every 6 months cause some injector once told you to-cause there may still be plenty of product in there! The good news is that if you don’t need any, Hillary will always say no. She understands that injections can become addictive in one’s quest for the holy grail of youth. But she’ll keep you in check!
Can I get Botox/Dysport or fillers while pregnant or nursing?
Of course living in Utah, this is a common question. Technically, neither Botox/Dysport or fillers really move much from when you place them. So it probably wouldn’t be an issue. But then there are these people called lawyers and they LOVE opportunities to sue people. Plus, if something happened to your baby while pregnant you might try to blame it on yourself for getting injections and let’s be honest-none of that is worth it! So let’s just avoid getting things done while pregnant. However, most nursing hotlines and OB/GYNs will tell you it’s fine to do while breastfeeding. Just make sure you bring the baby with you so Hillary can see how cute it is!
How much do common areas cost?
It is understandable to want to know how much something is going to cost before deciding on making an appointment. Although attempts are made to estimate things, it really is impossible to totally know until Hillary sees you in person. Muscle movement, the three dimensions of your face, discussing your desired results, your budget-all these things play a roll in cost. Botox/Dysport are easier to anticipate cost and you can see by looking under the services tab to see common areas injected and how many units they generally require. As for filler or other questions, Hilary is happy to meet with you for a free consultation to discuss your concerns and come up with a plan to meet your needs.
What are Hillary’s credentials?
Utah, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Physicians and Dentists are all licensed to inject cosmetically. Nurses, however, have to be under the license of a Nurse Practitioner or Physician and Physician Assistants have to be under the license of a Physician. Hillary is a Nurse Practitioner. She received her Doctorate in Nursing from the University of Utah in 2014. She has been doing cosmetic injections since that time. She has worked for a plastic surgeon at Aesthetica in Lindon, Utah. She also worked at Elase Medical Spas for 2 years. Additionally, she taught dozens of classes in Utah and Nevada for NIMA. She has taught physicians and nurses across the United States and even several from Central America and New Zealand.