WHICH TYPE OF INJECTABLE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
The world of injectables and fillers is vast, and with so many different options to choose from, it can seem overwhelming. Injectables and fillers are categorized by type according to the concern they target and how they do it. I can customize your treatment based on what is best suited for you so that you look and feel your absolute best. These are the three most common types you should know about:
Neurotoxins, such as Botox, Dysport, Jauveau and Xeomin, smooth out the lines that form from repetitive facial movements such as smiling, frowning and squinting.
- Best for: Saggy brow line, crow’s-feet, forehead wrinkles, lines between eyebrows, excessive sweating, gummy smile, eliminate neck bands, and cleavage wrinkles, create wider looking eyes, reshaping/feminizing the face, TMJ, treat migraines, and reduce pore size
- How it works: Neurotoxins work by blocking the nerve receptors on muscles to smooth out wrinkles. Since they are not fillers and do not provide a plumping effect, they should only be used to soften lines and wrinkles.
- What to expect: You can typically see results in 1-7 days, depending on which neurotoxin you choose. Regardless of the injectable used, the results typically last, on average, three to four months. But, after repeated regular injections, your results may last up to 6 months.
- When to do it: Some patients choose to get injected at a younger age or at the first signs of a wrinkle as a means to actually diminish the lines from forming and/or getting worse.
- Recovery: A few hours to a few days. You may be red or bruised at the injection site for a few days and, in rare instances, you may feel mild flu-like symptoms after treatment.
Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Juvéderm, Radiesse, Restylane, and Sculptra are used to fill in and plump up wrinkles and folds on the face.
- Best for: Nasolabial folds/wrinkles, volume loss in face, thin lips, under eye hollows, correcting nose bumps (non surgical liquid nose job), lessen droopy brows, reduce acne scars, lessen droopy earlobes, fill in sunken temples, define jawline, fill marionette lines, chin augmentation, and cheeks lift
- How it works: Fillers are used to fill in and plump up wrinkles and folds on the face. They can also add to features that look flat or sunken in, especially on the cheeks, lips, tear troughs/hollows, temple, and jawline. Suspended in a gel formula, hyaluronic acid fillers, which is naturally found in the body, work from the inside to attract water and plump up the deficient area. Collagen-stimulating fillers contain microscopic particles that prompt your body to make new collagen, for smoother skin and volume in all the right areas.
- What to expect: The results last 3 months to 2 years depending on treatment area, filler used, and treatment being done. The procedure take 15-30 minutes.
- When to do it: The younger you start, the better you age.
- Recovery: A few hours to a few days. You may experience temporary bruising, swelling, and lumpiness. In rare instances, you may experience a possible infection or allergic reaction.
Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that treats varicose veins and spider veins.
- Best for: Spider veins in the legs
- How it works: Non-invasive procedure using sclerosant solution to inject veins in legs causing them to shrink and disappear.
- What to expect: Expect 3-5 treatments (a month apart). Procedure takes about 20-30 minutes. You can expect at least 80% improvement.
- When to do it: Best to do it in colder months – October-May.
- Recovery: At the most, one day. You will need to avoid the sun and wear support stockings for 2 weeks post procedure.