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Ultrasound Guided Beauty Injections

Are you thinking about getting injectable dermal fillers, but you’re convinced they won’t look as good as they should? Or maybe you already have them, and you’re worried they’ll migrate and give volume to the wrong area?

You’re not alone in that. Many people share this same concern, and they wonder what can be done to make sure their dermal fillers deliver on the results they want. But luckily, you’re living in the golden age of medical aesthetics! There is an option designed exactly for people like you.

Today we’ll be discussing “ultrasound guided injections”, also known as real-time imaging injections. These are an increasingly popular technique to help get the most out of fillers, and in the right hands, they can lead to exceptional results and benefits.


What Are Ultrasound Guided Injections?

If you’ve never heard of ultrasound, it’s a very common sonography technique (making images out of sound waves) that is often associated with pregnancy and fetal monitoring. But its non-invasive, non-radioactive properties mean that it has plenty of applications beyond that, too.

With ultrasound-guided injections, the technician uses imagery generated by high-frequency ultrasound waves at the injection site to see below the skin and guide the needle to the exact location that it should be. This allows the technician to bypass muscles and blood vessels, creating a much more precise injection with more visibility into how it will affect the subdermal areas. This makes it much easier to prevent complications such as vascular occlusions (blockage of a blood vessel).  You can imagine how important this is for people getting injections close to important dates like their wedding day!

By combining ultrasound imaging with the expertise of skilled technicians, this technique has started to revolutionize the world of injectables. Not only can we make sure the fillers are placed correctly, but we can better see them afterward if there are any problems to address.


The Benefits of Ultrasound Guided Injections

This technique offers a range of big advantages compared to traditional injection methods:

  1. More Precision and Better Results: Ultrasound guided injections provide real-time imaging of the treatment area, allowing the technician to visualize internal structures, such as muscles, blood vessels, and nerves. This unparalleled level of precision ensures that the injectable is administered exactly where it is needed, resulting in more accurate treatment and better results.

  2. Safer, More Comfortable Procedures: Ultrasound guidance significantly enhances the safety and comfort of injections, as the technician can more easily navigate delicate areas.

  3. Effective Filler Correction: For those who have already gotten injectable fillers and are unhappy with the look, or if those fillers have migrated over time, ultrasound guided injections can help. The technician can augment previous fillers or dissolve them entirely to start fresh.

  4. Reduced Downtime: With more accurate placement of injectables, there is often less trauma to the surrounding tissues, leading to reduced downtime and a faster recovery period.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Ultrasound Guided Injections?

Ultrasound as a guide for injections is safe for everyone, but there are some factors that affect whether it’s appropriate for your situation.

Good candidates include those with specific aesthetic goals involving dermal fillers, a desire for accurate filler placement, and no prior medical issues or complications regarding the filler material (or dissolving agent). If you’re able to get the filler itself without any issues, then the ultrasound component will not cause any additional problems.

This technique is especially beneficial for people with previous fillers that they’re not happy with, or complex anatomical needs in the areas where the filler is to be placed (like scar tissue, blood vessel or muscle variations, or specific medical conditions that may affect placement).
Beyond that, all candidates should be in good overall health, have realistic expectations, and be ready to follow our aftercare instructions. The best way to know if you’re ready for this process? Simply contact us to ask for a consultation and we’ll walk you through it.


How do Ultrasound Guided Injections Work?

1) The process always begins with a physical exam and a discussion about your concerns, goals, and medical history. This is to make sure the procedure is right for you. The technician will assess the patient's medical history and perform a physical examination to ensure that ultrasound guided injections are a suitable option.

2) Once we’re ready to proceed, we will place the gel on the treatment area, get the transducer in place, and begin the imaging. As the sound waves travel through your tissues, they reflect differently from bone, muscle, skin, and other underlying structures of the body. This is all analyzed in real-time and presented in graphical form on our screen.

3) Using these images, the technician can precisely identify issues with existing fillers (like migration or unwanted bulging), or the best location for a new injection. Having this subdermal visualization means we can choose the optimal entry point, angle, and depth for the required injection or correction.

4) During the injection process, we continuously monitor the needle's movement on the real-time ultrasound images to ensure it reaches the right place. Once correctly positioned, the injectable filler or dissolving agent is slowly and precisely delivered exactly where it needs to be. This means less side effects and better results for you!

5) Afterward, we’ll use the ultrasound to ensure the proper distribution of the injectable. If it looks good, we’ll have some post-injection instructions to minimize any side effects and get the best possible results.

Potential Side Effects of Ultrasound Guided Injections

Since ultrasound is beyond the range of human hearing, does not transfer dangerous amounts of energy, and is truly non-invasive, there are no additional side effects beyond the ones associated with the injections themselves. In fact, the increased visibility afforded by the ultrasound imagery means that the risks are actually lessened, and the chances of developing complications like vascular occlusions are even lower than before. This is especially important for critical areas, such as around the temples, where important blood vessels carry blood to and from the brain.

Most commonly, side effects of filler injections are extremely mild and last less than two weeks:

  • Minor swelling
  • Bruising, redness, or rash
  • tenderness at the injection site, or slight discomfort for a day or two

The enhanced visibility of ultrasound and the top-tier training of our technicians means the risk of rare side effects like granulomas, infection, and vascular occlusions is diminished even further.


Getting Ultrasound Guided Beauty Injections in Calgary, Alberta

If you’re getting ready to go for a first-time filler – or if you need to touch up one that you’re not happy with – it’s normal to feel a bit anxious about the process. But here at Bardöt Beauty, we’ve got everything covered to ensure you have a smooth, stress-free experience. We’ll take you through the whole process at a comfortable pace, and with tools like ultrasound imaging, it’s never been safer or easier to look your best.

To get started, reach out today for an aesthetics consultation so we can make sure we’re doing everything we can to deliver on the results you want. From dermal filler injectables, to Botox, to thread lifts, to laser hair removal, and so much more, Bardöt is the place to be for beauty in Calgary!

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