Since the late 1990s, there have been a number of minimally-invasive products developed that can offer quick and noticeable results without the need for surgery.
Botox, which was the first approved for widespread use and continues to be the most popular cosmetic procedure in the world, has been joined by other injectable products such as Juvederm, Radiesse, and Sculptra.
But which product is best suited for your needs?
Injections: Fast, Easy, Effective
All of these products are injected into the face in order to target particular wrinkles. The injection takes about 15 minutes and requires no downtime; patients can have the procedure performed during a lunch break and return to work for the afternoon. The side effects, which include redness, bruising, or stinging, are common to all injections and should pass quickly.
The following areas can be targeted by Botox injections, which relax certain muscles and allow the skin to smooth out:
- forehead lines
- frown lines between the eyebrows
- crow’s feet
- lines between the upper lip and nose (perioral wrinkles)
- wrinkles on the neck
While best suited to treating smile lines and wrinkles below the mouth, facial fillers are often used for other creases and wrinkles on the face. Fillers are also usually suited for filling out hollow cheeks. Beyond these common uses, however, each product has particular advantages.
Juvederm uses hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the skin, and is especially good when targeting flat lips. Radiesse, a gel with small calcium microspheres that revitalizes your skin’s collagen, is great for targeting deep lines around the nose and mouth, as well as bags under the eyes. Both of these offer stunning results that can last up to a year.
For longer-lasting results, however, it’s hard to beat Sculptra, which uses poly-L-lactic acid to stimulate collagen production for results that last for up to 2 years. It can be used to target the same areas as Radiesse, but may require repeated treatments and will not offer instantaneous results.
Each injectable product has unique benefits, so it’s important that patients carefully consider their needs and desires, including their ideal time frame. Be sure to discuss these issues with Dr. Collins and her staff to find the injectable treatment that’s right for you.