Injectables are treatments commonly used world-wide to create subtle changes and improvements in appearance. These procedures are noninvasive and much more cost-effective than a full surgery; therefore, very popular amongst a wide variety of people. The two predominant types of injectables are: Botulinum Toxin injections (Botox/Dysport) and Dermal Filler (Juvéderm/Restylane). The question then becomes which injectables are right for you?
Botulinum Toxin Injections (Botox/Dysport):
- Blocks nerve signals to paralyze or freeze the affected muscle.
- Without movement from these muscles, lines and wrinkles can be softened or eliminated
- Used on dynamic wrinkles or “expression lines”
- Forehead lines
- Glabellar lines or in between eyebrows
- Crows feet
- Frown lines
- Usually upper 1/3rd of face
- Lasts 3 to 4 months
- Can be used for medical symptoms
- Excessive sweating
- Eye disorders
- Muscle spasms
Dermal Filler (Juvéderm/Restylane):
- Uses hyaluronic acid (found in fluids and tissues in the body)
- Fills and plumps areas that lack or have lost volume or smoothness
- Treats static wrinkles, wrinkles and fine lines caused by sagging skin or loss of plumpness in the face
- Nasolabial folds
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Smooth chin crease
- Jaw shaping
- Can be used to fill recessed scars
- Lasts from 8 months to a year
While these treatments are less invasive and cheaper than surgical procedures, they are not permanent. More permanent procedures such as brow lifts, eyelid lifts, facelift, neck lift, or facial fat grafting can be cheaper when the amount of injectables outweighs the cost of surgery. For example, a few syringes of filler for the cheeks, nasolabial folds and lips can cost the same as one facial fat grafting procedure that can last several years rather than months. Likewise, an eyelid lift is a procedure that may cost the same as about one year’s worth of Botox treatment.
Knowing what you want to target can help decipher which type of injectable or procedure you should use. Both types are noninvasive and treat a specific set of issues, but the most important thing to consider when deciding to receive facial injections is who administers them. You should always go to a licensed, practicing, professional to receive your injections.
To schedule an appointment for Botox, Dysport, or dermal filler, visit www.commonwealthplastics.com or call us at 859-277-9435
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