For those looking to recapture their youth without turning to more drastic surgical methods, injectables and fillershave become popular options. Though there are numerous variations available on the market, all are designed to provide patients with non-invasive cosmetic solutions to smooth fine lines and wrinkles caused by years of exposure to the sun and elements, as well as the natural effects of aging and gravity.
Botox® is perhaps the best known treatment on the market, commonly used to refer to all those injectables containing the neurotoxin botulinum toxin type A. Under this umbrella falls Botox Cosmetic®, Dysport® and Xeomin®, each of which works to smooth time-worn creases caused by repeated facial movements, including squinting, frowning, or even smiling.
These injections temporarily block nerve impulses to the muscles, resulting in a more relaxed expression, effects visible for three to six months following the procedure. Popular areas of focus tend to center around the frown lines, forehead creases, crow’s feet, and corners of the mouth and chin. While all variations are FDA-approved, each has its own unique formula, affecting dosage and degree of effectiveness.
Fillers provide an array of alternatives to botulinum toxin type A, and are designed to add volume beneath the surface of the skin, especially to the lips and cheeks, resulting in a smoother, more youthful appearance. Among the many options available are Juvéderm®, Radiesse®, Restylane® and Kybella®, each with its own respective benefits.
To determine which treatment may be right for you, it’s important to consult with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon to evaluate your specific needs. While some, such as Juvéderm and Restylane, contain hyaluronic acid—a natural substance found in the body—others, like Radiesse, are comprised of synthetic materials which may pose an issue for those with certain allergic sensitivities.
All procedures are generally completed within an office visit, and any potential discomfort can be alleviated with a topical anesthetic to numb the injection site. Most patients are typically able to return to normal daily activities immediately, though may experience mild redness and swelling at the point of injection. Effects should begin to set in three to seven days following the treatment. In some instances, your surgeon may recommend a follow-up for optimal results.
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