Botox and Fillers – Facial Injectables
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There are a variety of facial injectables available to patients interested in reducing naturally occurring wrinkles and lines related to aging, including crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, and lines around the glabella area between the eyebrows. Many of these injectables are made from organic or naturally occurring chemicals already present in the body. At DeLuca Plastic Surgery in Albany, NY, Dr. Tauber, Dr. DeLuca, and Dr. Yan are pleased to offer our patients numerous non-surgical procedures that extend youthful looks and create the appearance of slowed aging.
Neuromodulators, including Botox and Xeomin are one of the most common and popular forms of facial injectables. These injectables soften active facial lines by partially paralyzing the muscles that cause active wrinkles of the forehead, between the eyes, and around the eyes. Botox and Xeomin can also be used to perform “lip flips” – giving the upper lip more show, lift the outer edge of the eyebrow for a subtle brow lift, lift the corners of the mouth, decrease with width of the jaw muscle, and soften a gummy smile. Most Botox and Xeomin treatments take about 15-30 minutes to administer and the full effect is usually seen in 7 days. The effect usually lasts about 3 month, but can last shorter or longer depending on the person.
Learn more about how Botox works by check out our blog post: Botox Basics.
Restylane and Juvederm work by volume to your face. Made of hyalaronic acid, these soft gels absorb water and , when injected into the various layers of the skin and underlying tissues can help improve larger contours and soften creases in the face. Each brand of filler comes in several “thicknesses,” each of which is targeted to a specific area of the face. Results from facial fillers are instant and typically last anywhere from six to 12 months depending on the depth, position, and type of filler.
Read more about how fillers and Botox can help correct the effects of aging in our blog post: Botox and Facial Fillers – The Fountain of Youth (Without The Knife).
Kybella helps reduce the appearance of fullness in the Central Park of the neck or “double chin.” The main ingredient in this injectable is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring element in the body. Injecting Kybella into the fat of the central neck, causes the fat to be dissolved and absorbed into the body – permanently. Kybella takes several treatments for patients to see a final result however, the end result is similar to liposuction – without the need for a surgical procedure. This treatment is ideal for men and women seeking an alternative to liposuction for removal of fat from the central neck.
Learn more about how Kybella and Liposuction compare. Check out our blog post: Nothing But Neck – Kybella vs. Liposuction To Treat Neck Fat.
Process and Maintenance
Facial injectables are typically delivered via a very thin needle, which is targeted to a muscle or area in the face. The type of injectable used depends primarily on the patient, their medical history, and the type of outcome they are hoping to achieve. The main ingredients in the injectable also determine how long the material will remain active. For example, the effects of Botox injections can last three months, while those of Voluma or Lyft injections can last up to two years. Patients interested in facial injectables should speak with Dr. DeLuca or Dr. Tauber about how to best maintain their face following the procedure.
Candidates For Facial Injectables
Most candidates for injection procedures are interested in slowing the effects of the natural aging process or are interested in adding volume to their cheeks or lips. Injectables are not meant to alleviate wrinkles and lines permanently but can help to temporarily reduce their prominence significantly. Patients with significant skin laxity, drooping jowls, and prominent marionette lines may not get the result they would hope for from fillers and may benefit more from a modified min face and neck lift to correct these areas.
Find out if a facelift is your best option. Check out our blog post: Deciding On Your Best Option: Mid Facelift vs. Mini Facelift.