Injectable Treatments


When To Consider A Neuromodulator Treatment


If you’re noticing dynamic wrinkles, such as forehead lines, crow’s feet, or frown lines between the brows, caused by repeated facial expressions, you may want to consider a neuromodulator treatment. While results are temporary and will need to be maintained, they can also serve as a preventative facial aging remedy. These injections, commonly known as Botox, Dazzify, Dysport, Xeomin, or Jeuveau, temporarily relax the facial muscles responsible for these wrinkles, resulting in smoother skin.

When To Consider A Dermal Filler Treatment


If you’re observing volume loss in the face, deepening of smile lines, thinning of the lips, or desire enhancement of certain facial features such as cheeks or jawline, you may consider dermal fillers. These injectables restore volume, contour facial structures, and smooth out wrinkles by providing plumpness directly to the treated area.

How It Helps

Neuromodulators block the nerve impulses that make muscles contract. This interruption helps minimize dynamic wrinkle formation and softens lines at rest. In cosmetic surgery, neurotoxins are often used in the upper third of the face, specifically, the vertical lines between the brows, crow’s feet, and horizontal forehead creases. 

Fillers are perfect for places where you want to add volume or smooth fine lines. Fillers won’t lift skin with much sagging, but they replace lost volume, contributing to a rejuvenated, more well-rested appearance.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid fillers are made of a naturally occurring sugar in the body. These gel formulations come in thin and slightly thicker consistencies ideal for shallow areas, such as fine lines above the lips, and deeper folds, like those around the nose and the creases that run downward from the corners of the mouth. Hyaluronic fillers can also plump up thinning lips, restore cheek volume, fill under-eye hollows, and add jaw definition.

Calcium hydroxylapatite

Calcium hydroxylapatite is a compound similar to minerals found in the body. Thicker than hyaluronic acid, it can achieve more significant volume changes. Ideal uses might be to build up a weak chin, strengthen a jawline, pad sunken cheeks, or fill deep wrinkles. Results last a year or longer.

Poly L-lactic acid

Poly L-lactic acid is a biodegradable synthetic material also used in stitches. It doesn’t provide the kind of instant plumping that other fillers do. Instead, it stimulates the body to regenerate its collagen gradually. You will need three to six injection sessions, about a month apart, for results lasting up to two years.

Collagen

Collagen fillers often come from cows (bovine) or human cells. The body slowly absorbs the collagen over time so regular injections may be needed to maintain results. Hyaluronic fillers are now more commonly used than collagen.

Xeomin

Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxinA) is a type of botulinum toxin type A, a protein that blocks nerve signals to muscles. This causes the muscles to relax, which can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and frown lines. Xeomin is injected into the muscles using a tiny needle. Xeomin is FDA-approved for the treatment of moderate to severe glabellar lines (frown lines) and treatment of blepharospasm (abnormal spasm of the eyelids). The injections are usually completed in about 10 minutes. The results of Xeomin injections can be seen within a few days and typically last 3-4 months., though individual results may vary.

Jeuveau®

Jeuveau® (prabotulinumtoxinA-xvfs) is a prescription medication, FDA-approved for temporarily improving the appearance of moderate to severe glabellar lines (frown lines) between the eyebrows in adults.. It is also known as prabotulinumtoxinA or Jeuveau neuromodulator.

Jeuveau® is a type of botulinum toxin type A, a protein that blocks nerve signals to muscles. This causes the muscles to relax, which can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and frown lines.

Jeuveau® is injected into the muscles using a tiny needle. The injections are usually completed in about 10 minutes. The results of Jeuveau® injections can be seen within a few days and typically last for 3-4 months.

Juvederm

Juvederm is a family of injectable hyaluronic acid dermal fillers used to correct age-related volume loss, enhance lips, lift cheeks, and smooth out wrinkles and lines around the face. The primary ingredient in Juvederm fillers is hyaluronic acid (HA). The effects of Juvederm fillers are temporary but can last for varying durations depending on the specific product used and the area treated. The results are immediate, with patients noticing enhanced volume or smoothed lines directly after treatment. Juvederm fillers are injected under the skin using a fine needle or cannula. Some Juvederm products contain lidocaine, a local anesthetic, to minimize pain during the injection. Common side effects are usually mild and temporary. They can include redness, pain or tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps or bumps, bruising, itching, and discoloration at the injection site. These usually resolve on their own in a week or less. Juvederm is continually expanding; here is a list of Juvederm FDA-approved products: Juvederm Ultra XC, Juvederm Ultra Plus XC, Juvederm Voluma XC, Juvederm Volbella XC, Juvederm Vollure XC, and Juvederm Volux XC.

To extend the duration of your hyaluronic acid (HA) filler results, consider these tips:

  • Avoid excessive sun exposure as it breaks down HA filler- wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30+
  • Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, as these can also break down the HA filler.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Follow a healthy diet and exercise moderately – excessive exercising will metabolize and break down the HA filler faster.
  • Schedule regular follow-up appointments to monitor results and get touch-up injections as needed.

Ultra

Juvederm Ultra XC is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler. It’s specifically designed and FDA-approved to address the nasolabial folds and lips. The “XC” also indicates that this filler contains lidocaine, a local anesthetic, to enhance comfort during the injection process. The results of Juvederm Ultra XC injections typically last for 4-16 months, though individual results might vary.

Ultra Plus

Juvederm Ultra Plus XC is FDA-approved for correcting moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds (such as nasolabial folds) and for lip augmentation. It is a hyaluronic acid (HA) filler. Juvederm Ultra Plus XC is a thicker and more viscous filler than Juvederm Ultra XC. It’s injected into the mid-to-deep dermis, providing immediate volume and correcting wrinkles and folds. The results of Juvederm Ultra Plus XC injections typically last for 6-12 months, though individual results might vary.

Voluma

Juvederm Voluma XC is specially formulated and FDA-approved to restore volume to the cheeks and chin area. It helps lift and contour, creating a more youthful profile. Voluma uses a unique technology called VYCROSS®, which cross-links the HA molecules, resulting in a smoother gel that produces a more natural look and feel. This technology also contributes to the product’s longevity. It can last 18-24 months, though individual results may vary.

Volbella

Juvederm Volbella XC is a hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal filler specifically designed to treat the delicate areas of the face. Juvederm Volbella XC is FDA-approved for the improvement of infraorbital hollows. Infraorbital hollows are the depressions under the eyes that can make people look tired or aged. Juvederm Volbella XC can fill in these hollows, creating a more youthful and refreshed appearance. The results of Juvederm Volbella XC injections typically last for 12-18 months, though individual results may vary.

Vollure

Juvederm Vollure XC is a hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal filler that is specifically designed and FDA-approved to treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds (smile lines) and marionette lines (mouth frown lines). The soft, flexible filler adds natural-looking volume and definition to the face. The results of Juvederm Vollure XC injections typically last for 12-18 months, though individual results may vary.

Volux

Juvederm Volux XC is a recent addition to the Juvederm family of dermal fillers. Like other products in the Juvederm line, it is primarily based on hyaluronic acid (HA). However, Juvederm Volux has specific characteristics tailored to its primary use cases. Volux is specifically formulated and FDA-approved to sculpt and contour the jawline area. Volux’s unique formulation and cross-linking make it more dense and cohesive, providing substantial lift and longevity. It is ideal for areas requiring more defined sculpting. Due to its specific formulation, Volux can last 18-24 months, though individual results may vary.

Restylane

Restylane is a prominent brand in the world of dermal fillers, renowned for its hyaluronic acid (HA) base. Hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the skin, holds moisture, adding vital volume and hydration. Given its innate role in keeping skin hydrated and plump, HA makes an excellent ingredient for dermal fillers.

The Restylane product line is expansive and tailored to address a spectrum of cosmetic concerns. Typical applications include smoothing fine lines, enhancing lips, and restoring cheek volume. Some Restylane variants are even suitable for rejuvenating hands.

The Restylane product line consists of: Restylane-L, Restylane Lyft with Lidocaine, Restylane Silk, Restylane Kysse, Restylane Refyne, Restylane Defyne, Restylane Contour, and Restylane Eyelight.

Restylane-L® 

Restylane-L® is a hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal filler specifically designed to treat and is FDA-approved for lip augmentation. Restylane-L is a longer-lasting version of the original Restylane product. It contains larger HA particles, which makes it more resistant to degradation by the body. This means that Restylane-L injections can provide results that last for up to 18 months. It is a soft, flexible filler that is ideal for the delicate areas of the face, such as the lips and perioral area, and vertical lip lines.

Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine

Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine is a hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal filler specifically designed and FDA-approved to add volume to the cheeks and midface region, as well as volume loss in the back of the hands. Restylane® Lyft is injected into the deep dermis or supraperiosteal layer of the skin, providing immediate volume and correction of age-related volume loss. The results of Restylane® Lyft injections typically last for up to 12 months, though individual results will vary.

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