Injectable cosmetic treatments have become a regular beauty routine for a diverse population in recent years. Performed by a plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or in some states an esthetician, these treatments can be tailored to suit an individual’s needs; for this reason, Botox and injectable fillers are great non-invasive cosmetic solutions for women and men alike. While these treatments require maintenance, they are more affordable options than plastic surgery.
Though the delivery method for the minimally invasive Botox and cosmetic dermal fillers is similar, these treatments serve different functions. Botox is most commonly administered to correct the formation of facial lines and wrinkles by preventing muscle contractions. Popular injection sites are the forehead, between the eyebrows, in crow’s feet lines, and nasolabial folds around the mouth. Botox can also be used to control excessive perspiration, muscle spasms, migraines and other medical conditions.
Dermal injections also treat lines and wrinkles, but rather than preventing the creases from occurring, these fillers are injected to plump the skin, smoothing out existing wrinkles. Often called a “liquid facelift,” dermal injections have a number of applications, including the nasal area for a non-surgical rhinoplasty; the chin for a non-surgical mentoplasty; acne scarring and other scarring that creates sunken skin; and the lips for a non-surgical lip augmentation. Virtually any area of the face that may benefit from plumped skin can be injected, with few limitations.
Restylane, Juvederm, Prevelle Silk, Elevess, Hylaform and Perlane all contain the active ingredient hyaluronic acid, which naturally occurs in the body. This gel form injections provides a stable barrier that tends to remain effectively in place in the face for 6 and 12 months. Hyaluronic acid injections are also used to provide joint support where patients with chronic pain require extra cushioning. Sculptra is formulated with poly lactic acid, and its effectiveness increases over time as it not only treats lines and wrinkles, but actually works to correct them through collage production; Radiesse, which consists primarily of calcium hydroxyl apatite, works similarly to Sculptra. Radiesse typically lasts 6 to 12 months, while Sculptra can maintain its efficacy for 2 to 4 years. The uniquely formulated Artefill is considered a permanent solution to facial contour as it can remain in place for over 5 years. Its counterpart, Evolence has a staying power of 6 to 12 months.
Though other fillers exist, those detailed above are the most commonly requested. Patients have a wide variety of fillers to choose from, and can make an informed decision with their plastic surgeon as to which would best correct their issue. It is helpful to know that injections of the lips typically last about half as long as those in the face, most likely due to the movement of the mouth while speaking, chewing and making facial expressions.
Though Botox and dermal injections are administered to enhance the attractiveness of women and men, the sexes benefit from a tailored approach where female and male anatomy is taken into account. In 2010, Botox was the most commonly requested cosmetic procedure by men, coining the term ‘Brotox’. The injection sites are primarily lines of the forehead and brow or other specific locations, while women have a more general request for overall improvement. Men prefer a subtle change in their faces, and do not want others to detect an aesthetic modification. When administering filler injections, professionals are careful to avoid creating too much curvature in a man’s lips or cheeks or excessive height to their eyebrows, to maintain a masculine look.
Dr. Epstein and his expert team provide the Liquid Thursday event weekly. On Liquid Thursday patients can take advantage of discounts and product giveaways. Patients have the options of a full range of injectable fillers including Botox®, Radiesse®, Juvederm®, Perlane®, Restylane®, and Sculptra. Schedule your appointment with the office today.