Cosmetic Injections and Dermal Fillers
As we get older we begin to show signs of aging on our face. This happens naturally from repeated smiling, laughing, and frowning, and even from diet and exposure to the sun. Over time your skin loses its elasticity and lines and wrinkles start to appear where it once was taut.
With the latest advances in cosmetic injections, you can look as young as you feel inside! Injectable procedures are safe and effective and done right in your local cosmetic office making it easy for you to erase things like:
- Crow’s Feet and Frown Lines
- Facial Wrinkles and Folds
- Smile Lines, Marionette Lines, or Chin Wrinkles
- Laugh Lines and Wrinkles Around the Mouth
- Lost Facial Volume
Botox and dermal fillers are cosmetic treatments given through injections, usually in a doctor’s office. They are minimally invasive, meaning they do not involve surgery. That is where their similarities end, however.
What is the Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers?
Botox contains purified bacteria that freeze muscles. In doing so, Botox can help minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles caused by facial expressions. Dermal fillers contain ingredients that add fullness to areas that have thinned due to aging. This thinning is common in the cheeks, lips, and around the mouth.
People should be aware of the costs and risks of treatments and have realistic expectations of what they can do.
Types of Injectables and Fillers
There are a lot of options out there, but which injectable you get will depend a lot on what area or issues you’re looking to address. Discuss your goals with your doctor to find the right plan for you.
Belotero Balance is an injectable filler that is used to smooth moderate-to-severe etched-in lines and wrinkles in you lower face. Upon injection, it quickly and evenly integrates into your skin.
Botox Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe forehead lines, crow’s feet lines, and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults.
Dysport is a prescription injection for temporary improvement in the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows
Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler. There are several products in the Juvederm family. They all are used to help people address the facial signs of aging.
Kybella is a nonsurgical injectable technique used to target the fat beneath the chin. The process uses a series of deoxycholic acid injections to target the fat cells in this area.
Radiesse is an injectable filler used to plump wrinkled or folded areas of the skin, most often on the face. As it works, Radiesse stimulates the naturally-occurring collagen beneath your skin.
Restylane is a brand of hyaluronic acid–based facial fillers used to smooth wrinkles.
Sculptra is an injectable dermal filler that has been around since 1999. It was first approved by the FDA in 2004 to treat lipoatrophy in people living with HIV. Lipoatrophy causes facial fat loss that results in sunken cheeks and deep folds and indentations on the face.
Xeomin is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows
Millions of Botox and filler procedures are performed each year, and they have a good track record of safety. Though Botox and fillers are minimally invasive, they still carry some risks. An individual should be aware of all possible risks and benefits before having these treatments. You should also discuss what Botox and fillers can realistically do for your appearance. Though they can enhance a more youthful look, the results are typically not as powerful as having a surgical procedure.