The Benefits of Injectables and Skin Fillers

Published: 18th February 2009
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In the past, people with deep wrinkles had two alternatives: go under the knife, or live with an aged appearance. But modern advances have given us the option to forego surgery in favor of less invasive cosmetic injections.

BOTOX® Injections

As the name suggests, BOTOX® injections are derived from a toxin: Botulinum type A. In a weakened form, it is injected into the skin to block nerve impulses and paralyze facial muscles that pull the skin and cause "expression" wrinkles such as frown lines and crow's feet.

Many people choose BOTOX® cosmetic for its quick and noticeable results, as well as the short recovery time associated with this treatment. Unlike topical treatments, BOTOX® injections can reduce or eradicate even deep lines. Treatments must be repeated every three to six months to maintain results.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are administered in the same way as BOTOX® injections. The difference is that dermal fillers are substances that get injected under the skin to fill in lines and plump up tissues for a more youthful appearance. These fillers are usually absorbed by the patient's body within six months. Repeated treatments are necessary to retain a youthful appearance.

Most dermal fillers use hyaluronic acid, microspheres, or collagen. The most popular hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are: Restylane®, Prevelle Silk, Perlane®, Elevess, Juvederm™ Ultra, and Juvederm™ Ultra Plus. Collagen-based dermal fillers include Evolence, CosmoPlast™, and CosmoDerm™. ArteFill® is a relatively new dermal filler. Because its blend of collagen and synthetic fillers is non-absorbable, it is considered to be a permanent treatment.

Other fillers include Sculptra®, which uses poly-L-lactic acid, and Radiesse™, which contains calcium. Doctors can also harvest fat from other areas of the patient's body and use it as a dermal filler.

The Pros and Cons of Injectable Cosmetic Treatments

Patients who choose to go under the needle rather than the knife do so for many reasons. Injectable treatments are less expensive than a face lift. They are also less invasive, and recovery time is minimal and virtually pain-free. Patients who undergo a surgical facelift have a much greater risk of infection than patients who receive injectable treatments.

On the other hand, BOTOX® cosmetic and dermal fillers can be dangerous if they are administered by an unlicensed practitioner. Some beauty salons that offer quick BOTOX® treatments actually use substances that haven't been approved by the FDA. Also, with the exception of ArteFill®, injectable cosmetic treatments don't have long-lasting results. Treatments are typically repeated at three to 12 month intervals.

Are you interested in undergoing hair loss, Restylane, or breast augmentation treatment? Speak to a specialist in your area.

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