Botox used to be something you did as you aged, now a new generation of young Aussie’s are embracing the trend.
The first time TikTok personality Dibz Baby got Botox, he thought it was the best thing he’d ever done.
“I love it, I just love it.”
Dibz tried it two years ago, when he was just turning 30. Since then, he has had filler in his lips and cheeks, as well as Botox in various areas.
“I get my masseters done … which is basically Botox that goes into your jawline, under your ear and relaxes the muscles to give your face a more love-heart look,” he said.
Despite being an extensive process, Dibz found the pay-off enormous saying his confidence has “just skyrocketed”.
“Two years ago you would have never seen me in front of a camera, I was six kilos heavier, I would just hide my face,” he said.
Dibz is one of a growing number of young Australians who embrace cosmetic injectables and are more open to sharing it on social media.
Many celebrities also have become more transparent about the work they’ve had done. Kylie Jenner admitted last January that she used lip fillers, and Bella Hadid disclosed last month that she had a nose job when Bella was 14.
While there isn’t any industry-wide data on the use of cosmetic injectables here in Australia, practitioners have noticed a growing trend in people entering their offices in their 20s.
Georgia Zoumas (Co-founder, Ageless Aesthetics skin and injectibles) has been a popular choice for younger people. Ms. Zoumas is now 28 and has had cosmetic injections since she was 21.
“There’s no static lines on my face, no make-up that gets stuck in fine lines on my forehead,” she told news.com.au.
Despite the reported success of the treatments, Ms Zoumas warns that it’s not a quick fix and that people need to be aware of the risks.
What treatments can younger people get?
Botox is the most well-known procedure. Botox is an abbreviation for botulinum toxins, which is the same toxin responsible for food poisoning botulism. Botulinum toxin can be paralysed by medical practitioners in small quantities. This can help smoothen facial lines. Botox is one type of anti-wrinkle injectable.
Another popular treatment is dermalfillers. These substances are injected beneath the skin to give targeted areas more volume. Some fillers include calcium hydroxylapatite and hyaluronic acids, which are found in bones. Fillers are most popular in the cheeks and lips.
“They can target asymmetries,” Ms Zoumas said.
“Sometimes someone’s lip is higher on one side than the other or a bit bigger on the bottom than the top.”
PDO threads can also be used. This is a nonsurgical treatment that involves inserting a medical-grade biodegradable nylon thread into your face. The thread is then tightened, lifting your skin.
How long can the effects last for?
It really depends on each individual. Botox maintenance should be done every three to four weeks, according to Dibz of news.com.au. However, he said that he tends not to go back as often as the average person.
“I’m in front of a camera lots so I normally go (for fresh Botox injections) about every eight weeks,” he said.
“As soon as the slightest line comes I get paranoid … the camera picks up everything.”
Lip filler effects should last for six to seven month on average. Some clinics advertise treatments that last up to one year. Dibz, however, has his treatments topped up every three to four months.
According to Dibz, injectibles can have a longer lasting effect depending on how you use them. If you’re very expressive or move your eyes a lot, Botox injections can wear off sooner. He said that lip filler also has the same problems.
“If you smoke, that side (of your mouth) always deflates more than the other side. It’s the same drinking from a straw,” he said.
“It’s the same with your cheeks. My right hand side is always deeper than my left because I sleep on my right.”
Is it worth it?
As with many other procedures, the amount of pain that cosmetic injections cause can vary depending on your tolerance for pain and the procedure you have.
Sarah Paigee (28 years old) received Botox three months ago. She received injections to her forehead, around her lips and her eyes. The entire process took about 15 minutes.
“It’s kind of weird,” she told news.com.au.
“It’s kind of a crunch feeling rather than a needle. It’s definitely an odd sensation but it’s over really quickly.”
Ms. Paigee said that the pain she felt while getting tattoos was nothing compared with what she had to endure.
Dibz found that Botox was not painful, but the filler could be.
“When I got my cheeks done for the first time, it killed,” he said.
“A couple of days after it hurts every time you smile because they’re basically putting filler on your bone.”
Is it too expensive?
“Yeah it is, I’m not going to lie,” Dibz said.
He has been going to Mt Druitt Evolution Laser clinic where he’s had his treatments administered by a registered nurse since he first started getting cosmetic injections. He pays approximately $500 for one-millilitre of filler. But, the price can quickly go up since people often get multiples of millilitres in different areas of their face.
Botox is slightly less expensive than filler because it’s priced per unit. Dibz visits a clinic that charges just $10 per unit. Depending on what the patient wants, up to 30 units might be required. This means that the average cost of the unit is $250-$400.
What are the risks of injections and who can administer them?
Cosmetic injections can pose risks. To avoid them, it’s important to be sure any procedures are administered by qualified medical practitioners, meaning registered doctors and nurses.
Ms Zoumas suggests that patients be seen first, and that photos of actual patients are taken by the injector.
“They should scare you a little bit when they’re explaining the risks to you. That means they’re doing their job properly,” she said.
There are risks associated with dermal injections, including vascular compromise. This is when filler enters an artery and stops blood flow. These risks, while they sound scary, are quite rare, Ms Zoumas said.
It is best to plan ahead and do your research to reduce any potential risks.
“Don’t rock up two weeks before your wedding and ask for five mils of filler, you’re going to give your injector a heart attack,” Ms Zoumas said.
“It takes four weeks for filler to settle plus bruising and swelling … so just plan around everything.”
Customers keep returning for more, despite the risks and cost of cosmetic injections.
“I hate to say it because as a feminist I feel like it gives into societal pressure, but it has given me such a lift,” said Ms Paigee of her first Botox treatment.
“I look more bright, more awake and that’s how I feel on the inside. It’s just not reflected on the outside unless I get that Botox.”