Fillers and injectables are non-surgical treatments often used to diminish lines on the face or restore volume and fullness to the face. As skin ages, it loses subcutaneous fat that results in the appearance of lines or the skin may look droopy. Fillers and injectables may plump thin lips, enhance shallow contours of the face, soften facial creases and wrinkles and improve the appearance of recessed scars.
Lip augmentation is a common type of cosmetic procedure that gives the appearance of fuller and plumper lips. Injectable dermal filler is most commonly used for this procedure. There are many types of fillers, but the most widely used include a substance similar to hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance found in the body. Since hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring, allergic reactions are very unlikely. The doctor will mark the lips where the injection will be made. Though recovery is faster than a surgical procedure, there may be bleeding, swelling, bruising and redness and tenderness at the injection site.
Botox is an injectable drug used to temporarily paralyze muscle activity. Derived from the Clostridium botulinum bacterium, it is injected into the skin to reduce facial wrinkles and creases, crow’s feet and frown lines. It blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles, preventing them from contracting. Results last from three to 12 months with many patients opting for maintenance injections. The best candidates are healthy adults who do not have deep lines or creases etched into the skin.
Injectable fillers are soft tissue fillers injected into the skin to fill in facial lines, folds and wrinkles. Unlike Botox, injectable fillers rely on substances such as hyaluronic acid, polylactic acid or calcium hydro-xylapatite. The most popular brands include Restylane, Juvaderm, Radiesse and Sculptra. Most last between six months and two years, and require maintenance injections. They are often used in conjunction with other procedures such as facelifts and Botox injections.
To discuss a specific filler or injectable and determine if you are candidate, your physician will need to evaluate your skin type before proceeding. Contact our office at 337-266-9820 to schedule a consultation.