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The Difference Between Injectables

Posted September 26, 2017 in Injectable Treatments

Forehead LinesFacial wrinkles are one of the most frustrating aging problems people face. There’s a large market that pushes creams and serums to eliminate wrinkles, but many people find little success with these because they don’t work below the skin’s surface. Injectable treatments offer some of the most effective options for reducing wrinkles. However, with all the different options available, it can be difficult to choose what’s right for you.

Neurotoxins vs. Dermal Fillers

There are two main ways you can treat wrinkles: inhibit the muscle movements that cause their formation, or stimulate collagen production where wrinkles are caused by volume loss. Neurotoxins are designed to prevent muscle contractions in areas where repetitive movements lead to wrinkles. Dermal fillers deliver volumizing agents into the skin that stimulate the production of new collagen.

Neurotoxins for Upper Facial Wrinkles

The most popular neurotoxin injectable is BOTOX® Cosmetic. It can be used to soften wrinkles in the upper face, such as:

  • Crow’s feet around the eyes
  • Wrinkles along the forehead
  • Furrows between the brows

Fillers to Improve Lower Facial Wrinkles

Dermal fillers best treat areas where collagen breakdown results in wrinkles, such as around the nose and mouth. Dermal fillers have a saturated market of treatment options, and what ultimately separates each filler is what it is made of and how long it lasts.

  • BELOTERO BALANCE® is a hyaluronic acid (HA) filler that lasts about six months.
  • JUVÉDERM® XC is an HA filler that lasts up to one year.
  • Restylane® is an HA filler whose results can last up to 18 months.
  • Sculptra® Aesthetic is made of poly-L-lactic acid and can last up to two years.

Fillers to Fill Hollows

Dermal fillers may also be used to restore volume to help define your facial contour and eliminate a gaunt, hollowed appearance.

  • JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is an HA filler approved for patients 21 years or older and can volumize the cheeks for up to two years.
  • RADIESSE® is made of calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres that restore volume to the chin and hollows in the pre-jowl area.

Knowing Which Is Right for You

Since there are so many options available to you, it is important you consult a facial specialist before undergoing any injectable treatment. During your detailed evaluation, your doctor determines which injectable will help you achieve your needs based on facial anatomy, the severity of your wrinkles, and the extent of correction you desire.

For your injectable treatment consultation, schedule an appointment with our office today. You can call our office at (214) 827-8407 or you can contact us online.