Can you reduce the side effects of an Injection? - SkinViva Training Academy

Can you reduce the side effects of an Injection?

When treating a client, it is vital you keep the amount of side effects to a minimum.

SkinViva Training in Manchester have 5 techniques to reduce the risk of side effects.

1. How Sharp is your needle?

Needles that have pierced the skin or rubber bungs, or have touched the bottom of glass vials, will have been significantly blunted through use.

This means it will require a lot more force to get the needle through the client’s skin.

This extra force required will make it more difficult to control the depth of the injection.

It is far more likely that the needle will go unnecessarily deep and cause increased trauma.

You should change your needle the moment you realise you are having to put extra force on the needle to pierce the skin.

2. Avoid any visible veins

In the areas that you are injecting be sure that you thoroughly examine the skin to avoid injecting into the veins.

Use a good light whilst analysing the patient, remembering to tighten and loosen the skin.

Look for obvious superficial veins, and the faint shadow of deeper larger ones, and in some cases the shape of a vein that may have no colour.


Lay your patient flat to see veins better to enable you to mark them before sitting the patient up to inject them.

3. Know your anatomy

It is important you learn the anatomy of the face both theoretically and physically.

You will have learned the theoretical anatomy of the face when studying to become a medical professional.

But as you practice with clients, you will begin to learn the physical anatomy.

One thing to remember is no one person’s face is the same, the anatomy will be, but it won’t be located the same under the skin.

4. Historical areas of bruising

You may find with some of your clients, they have an area where there are no visible veins, but they keep experiencing bruising as a side effect.

This could mean there is a blood vessel located under the skin which you can’t see in this area.

If the client still wants this area being treated there are two techniques, you can use to avoid bruising;

  • Try moving half a centimetre away from your original injection point.
  • Inject the Botox or Filler more superficially.

These techniques only really work if you have an idea or photograph of where your previous injection points were on the client.

Want to know more about how to prevent bruising?

How to reduce bruising whilst injecting BOTOX® & Filler

5. Patient Reaction

While injecting your patient monitor their body language, if they react in a way of discomfort this can be an indicator of unnecessary depth.

The same goes for the conversation, if you empathise with the patient and talk to them, if they sound uncomfortable it could be a sign.

These allow you to assess how your patient is feeling and it also tells you something that you are doing is causing them pain/trauma.


Do you already use these Injection techniques?

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