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November 28, 2016

From Kylie Jenner’s drastic transformation to countless plastic-surgery-gone-wrong-reality-tv-shows it’s hard to know where to draw the line on surgical enhancements. Enter: injectables – the latest buzz word on the (enhanced) lips of many. We sat down with dermatologist Dr. Ishaan Ramkisson to investigate…


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What type of injectables do you use?

I primarily use Hyaluronic Acid (HA) fillers from Restylane and Botulinum toxin as the majority of facial rejuvenation issues can be addressed by these.


What is the difference betweent the two?

Botulinum toxin injections temporarily smooth out forehead lines, crow’s feet and neck lines and can also be used to treat excessive sweating, tension headaches and spastic postures. But HA fillers are used to restore a healthy and youthful appearance by adding volume as well as filling in lines. In younger patients these are often used to enhance facial balance and harmony by providing shape and contours.


Are there any risks we should know about?

Side effects (if they occur) are temporary and mild to moderate. Some people may experice slight bruising from the injection itself, but this disappears quickly. Other reactions may include swelling, redness, pain or itching at the injection site.


How long do the fillers last?

Restylane fillers can average 12 to 18 months.


Are these fillers very costly?

It usually depends on the quantity of the product used, so this will vary between individual patient needs. But the average cost for Restlyane’s HA fillers starts from R3000 per syringe.


How should we care for our skin post-procedure?

  • Use cold compresses to reduce swelling
  • Avoid taking aspirin and Vitamin E supplements for one week after the treatment as these agents may increase brusing and bleeding at the injection site.
  • Avoid exposure to intense heat or cold conditions


What questions should we ask our doctor before having injectables?

First find out if they are licensed and trained in a field of aesthetic medicine like dermatology orrplastic surgery. Then ask how many years of experience they have injecting. Be sure to know before your treatment how long it will last, how much it will cost and when you should schedule a follow-up appointment. Make sure they your specialist is also aware of your medical conditions, medical prescriptions, vitamins and herbal supplements you are taking.