Injectable treatments are an effective way to turn back the clock on your appearance with minimal discomfort and no downtime. There are a number of formulas in cosmetic injectables today, allowing physicians to customize treatment to the patient’s specific concerns and desired outcome. If you are considering an injectable procedure to erase fine lines or add volume to specific areas of the face, there are a few things you need to know about these treatments.
Botox vs. Dermal Fillers
There are two basic types of injectable treatments available. Dermal fillers, also known as soft tissue fillers, work by supporting the underlying skin structure to smooth away fine lines from the inside out. Neuromodulators effectively relax facial muscles that lead to the formation of wrinkles when certain facial expressions are made.
Common dermal fillers include Juvederm, Restylane and Radiesse. Treatment areas include under the eyes and above the upper lip. These solutions are also recommended for lines that appear between the nose and chin, such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Some of these formulas can also effectively restore volume to areas of the face like the cheeks, lips and jawline for a more youthful appearance.
The best known neuromodulator is Botox, although other medications are also now available. Botox is recommended for creases between the eyebrows, across the brow and crow’s feet in the outer corner of the eyes. It can also be used off label to treat other lines around the face that typically appear when certain facial expressions are made.
About the Procedure
One of the most attractive features of injectable treatments is the fact that they can be performed in just a few minutes, without any type of anesthesia needed. The procedures are often referred to as “lunch hour” treatments, because you can have the procedure done during a break at work and return to the office immediately afterward. Risks associated with injectable treatments are relatively small and may include slight swelling or bruising around the injection sites.
How Long do Results Last?
Injectable treatments only offer temporary results, so the procedure must be repeated to maintain them. However, some injectables can be very long-lasting, with the results of some dermal fillers continuing for up to two years. Botox and other neuromodulators typically last 3-4 months before a touch-up treatment is required.
Injectables are a quick, low-risk way to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and create a more youthful facial profile. To learn more about your options in injectable treatments, contact Incredible Veins Skin & Body at 818-446-2995.