Today, turning back the clock or enhancing the appearance can be as quick and easy as an injection of the latest formulation. However, with so many injectable options to choose from today, it can be difficult to know which formulation will meet your needs best and give you the best possible results. To help you make the choice in injectable procedures, we have a brief guide that explains what the options are and what each can do for you.
These injectables include well-known names like Botox and Dysport. The medications work to smooth away wrinkles by relaxing the muscles that form them when certain facial expressions are made. These types of wrinkles are described as “dynamic” because they tend to come and go, at least at first. Over time, the lines and creases can become etched in your skin on a more permanent basis, so earlier treatment is often recommended for these wrinkles.
Wrinkles commonly treated using neuromodulators include:
- Horizontal creases across the forehead
- Vertical lines between the eyebrows, also known as “frown lines” or the “11s”
- Fine lines in the outer corners of the eyes, also known as “crow’s feet”
Results from neuromodulator injections generally last about 3-4 months before a touch-up treatment is required. To ensure the best possible results from your injections, it is important to select a plastic surgeon like Dr. Leber who is experienced in this treatment.
These injectable formulations are also primarily used as anti-aging treatments, but they work very differently than neuromodulators. Dermal fillers smooth away wrinkles from the inside out by providing support and volume to the underlying dermal layers. These treatments serve as a replacement for collagen depletion, which is a common problem for both men and women as they age.
There are many different types of dermal fillers available today, which allows for full customization of the procedure to the unique needs of each patient. Hyaluronic acid fillers tend to be the most popular, due to their natural results that often last 6-12 months. The formulations come in a variety of particle sizes and consistencies, allowing for treatment of both delicate areas like the upper lip and larger areas like the cheekbones.
Dermal fillers may be used for the following concerns:
- Nasolabial folds, which are creases running from the nose to the mouth
- Lines extending from the mouth to the chin, known as “marionette lines”
- Small vertical lines in the corners of the mouth, referred to as “smile lines”
- Fine vertical lines above the upper lip, often called “lipstick lines”
- Fine lines around the lower eye, including crow’s feet in the outer corners
Dermal fillers are also useful for restoring lost volume that can make you look older and more tired than you actually feel. Common locations for volume restoration include the cheekbones, underneath the eyes in the tear trough, in the temples, and along the jawline to reduce the appearance of jowls. Dermal fillers can also be used to plump up the lips in those that were born with thin lips or have seen their lips thin over time.
Injectable treatments are performed right in our office and take just a few minutes to complete. Patients typically find the procedure relatively comfortable and do not need to take any time off after their procedure. Temporary results can last for many months before a subsequent procedure is necessary. To learn more about your choices in injectable treatments, contact Dr. Leber’s office today at 855-339-0590.