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Injectable trends - what’s popular in selfologi?

Written by
Chloë James

Just like our faces, our experiences with cosmetic treatments are all totally unique. Botox may be widely used to tackle signs of ageing, and fillers are a favourite for adding volume or smoothing out wrinkles, but everyone’s wants and needs from their chosen injectables are completely different. You know your face better than anyone – and only you know how you’d prefer to address your cosmetic concern.

But sometimes these preferences have a lot in common. For example, over the past year Botox lip flips, brow lifts, lip fillers and non-surgical rhinoplasties have been the talk of the cosmetic community (hey there, TikTok) and it seems inevitable that even more popular uses will emerge from 2022. The only question is ­– what? To find out, we decided to investigate how people in our own office feel about – and are using – injectables.

The selfologi team talks Botox and filler

Image of large lips representing fillers

Chloë

I’m already a firm fillers fan, having had 1ml injected into my lips once a year or so since 2018. Lately, I’ve found that I can go longer and longer between sessions, with my lips seeming resistant to returning to their old shape (which has been a relief to both me and my bank balance). In that time, I’ve become more interested in preventative measures – especially Botox. Sure, I’m only 25, so I’m not inundated with wrinkles just yet. But I know exactly where they’re going to appear one day. There’s a line on my forehead when I raise my eyebrows (which is a lot) and, sometimes, I can just about see it in the morning if I wake up dehydrated. Also, my mum and I pretty much have the same face – and make all the same expressions – so I can use her Botox experience as a blueprint for my own one day. I might not have taken the plunge yet, but it’s inevitable.

Abeer

I’m open to any cosmetic treatments – as long as they just enhance my look, and don’t change it completely. That’s why I was interested in fillers. I wanted to draw more attention to my lips, not make them look totally different. I’m hoping for something similar from Botox. Recently, I noticed how the skin changes around my eyes and brows when I laugh, and I want to get a head start on preventing that and any wrinkles in my forehead before they get harder to treat. My sister had it in the areas I want, and it looks amazing, but a friend of mine who has it a lot still has some lines that are always there because she started later on. That’s what I want to avoid. I just need my schedule to align with my doctor’s, for once. Then it’s happening.

Debbie

I’m 42 and, until last year, hadn’t had any treatments bar LED. However, I’ve had a deep crease in between by eyebrows since my 20s, a result of my ‘inquisitive’ face, i.e., always looking confused. I made an appointment to have filler for this crease but walked away with Botox instead. Even though my doctor was conservative with dosage, it’s almost completely gone already, with no need for filler at all. It really had been over-use that was creating the line and, despite how long I’ve had it, it was not yet permanent. While I was there, I also had some in my jaw as I grind my teeth when I’m stressed, and it’s been a stressful year! This will also help with any heaviness I might acquire along my jawline as I mature, when the skin on my face will naturally sag. The one suggestion my doctor made was to have Profhilo, a filler of sorts, but more to do with administering a super-charged dose of hydration, rather than plumping the skin or changing the shape of my face. I’ve booked in for that – and a top-up of Botox – in a few months.

Image of a smiling woman with cheek filler treatment undertaken.

Alexandra

It was only recently that I decided to have my first cosmetic treatment – fillers, in my lips and cheeks, and it was purely out of curiosity about what I’d look like. I really think it was worth it, although it lasted much longer in my cheeks. Somewhere down the line, I think I’ll probably feel the same about Botox. It’s those expressive wrinkles around the eyes, and a bit of the forehead, that I’m thinking about. At the same time, I want to make sure I have the right doctor who can advise me on what will look best – kind of like a good hairdresser would you advise you about a new style. I’ll wait until I’m a little older, then start to use it to treat signs of ageing, because why not?

Cobus

I’ve always taken good care of my skin – from the usual combo of SPF, moisturiser, and facials, to the more adventurous solutions such as chemical peels or carbon laser facials. Obviously, I’m not naïve enough to think I should have the same skin at 30 as I did a teenager… but I have started to notice deep frown lines that bother me. I know there’s some judgemental stigma attached to male Botox (or, if I want to be fragile about it, ‘Brotox’) but it seems like the best solution to specifically target my issue.

Aya

Lip fillers were my first cosmetic treatment, but I really wasn’t trying to get the plumped-up look. My goal was to correct a problem with my upper lip that nobody even noticed other than me. One side was straight, the other was a bit higher. First time round I wasn’t happy, but then I found the right doctor who used a different kind of filler and now they’re the best they’ve been. Now I’m thinking about other treatments for the future – primarily Botox in my forehead. I’m very expressive with the way I speak, and I’m starting to see lines that I want to prevent. I’ll be up for trying anything when I start to see signs of ageing.

Image of multiple balloons representing filler treatment

Injectable trends at selfologi

When it comes to regular injectables, lip fillers – namely those that are subtle yet enhancing – take the crown. However, there also seems to be a growing interest in preventative treatments. For most people in the office, Botox is the next step in their cosmetic journey – putting them one step ahead of any unwanted facial changes in the future.

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