What the Heck are Cosmetic Injectables Anyway?

You want to return your skin to its former wrinkle-free, smoother self. But the options are so confusing. What are fillers and injectables? What is Botox? How do you know which is the right solution for your skin?

Cosmetic injectables such as Botox and dermal fillers such as Juvaderm are quicker, less invasive and less expensive options to facelifts. Both smooth away wrinkles, but do so in slightly different ways and therefore work on different areas of the face.

Botox, Dysport and Xeomin

These three products are made from the bacterial toxin botulin. Sounds scary, but they are an FDA-approved, safe and effective way to eliminate wrinkles. Injected into the muscle, they work by blocking the signals from the nerve. This causes the muscle to relax, thereby smoothing out nearby wrinkles. Botox, Dysport and Xeomin last about four months. In general, they work best on the upper one-third of the face including forehead lines, crow’s feet and frown lines.

Juvederm, Belotero and Restylane

They products are dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are injected under the skin to fill in lines and creases. Several different types of substances are used, depending on the product and type of wrinkle. Fillers work best on the lower half of the face and can also be used to plump up cheeks, jawlines and temples, and to fill out thin lips.

Juvederm, Belotero and Restylane use hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in the body. Hyaluronic acid fillers are very versatile and act like an inflated cushion to support facial structures and tissues that may have lost volume or elasticity due to normal aging. HA also brings water to the surface of the skin to keep it looking fresh and supple.

Restylane can also be used in very fine lines close to the surface of the skin. Restylane has a slightly better lifting capacity than Juvederm but doesn’t last quite as long. Restylane is good for areas that are hard to lift or fill.

Other fillers such as Radiesse and Sculptra use FDA-approved synthetic substances that help replace lost collagen. Radiesse consists of calcium microspheres that over time stimulate collagen growth. Radiesse is good for the checks and jawline.

Sculptra is more of a collagen stimulator than filler. After a series of treatments, Sculptra’s results can last for two or more years.

The best way to decide which product is right for you is to schedule a consultation with one of our estheticians. For more info call Northwest Medi Spa at (541) 318-7311.