What are injectables?
Most people are referring to non-surgical, syringe-injected dermal fillers when they use the term “injectable”. Through a series of small injections, soft tissue cosmetic filler is strategically placed to plump sagging areas, to reduce fine wrinkles, and/or to smooth skin. Most injectable treatments are temporary (lasting up to two years) before being absorbed by the body.
Why do we need dermal fillers?
While heredity and lifestyle play their part, during everyone’s natural process of aging subcutaneous fat (the fat layer under the skin) diminishes and the facial skin stretches. The loss of facial volume results in sagging, fine wrinkles, and hollows in the cheeks and/or eyes.
How do dermal fillers help?
The early signs of aging respond well to minimally invasive injectable therapies. Injectable fillers rejuvenate and restore a youthful look. Common uses for fillers include:
- Enhancing the lip shape or fullness
- Diminishing vertical lip lines
- Filling fine lines and facial creases
- Eliminating visibility of recessed scars
- Smoothing or lifting deeper facial creases or folds such as nasolabial folds (cheek grooves aligned with nose)
- Softening or filling hollows, bags or depressions beneath the eyes
- Restoring fullness in the mid-face or cheeks
- Enhancing contours to the jaw and chin
- Shaping to improve the contours and fullness of the face
Soft Tissue Fillers popularity is up 274% since 2000.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, injectable soft tissue fillers are on the rise. More than 2.4 million people in the United States were treated with filler injections last year. Better formulas mean:
- Longer lasting results
- Less invasive procedures
- Less discomfort
- Shorter recovery time
- Less expense
- More targeted result
- More natural looking results
All this makes injectables a more mainstream choice for improving appearance. And more men are finding rejuvenation through injectable fillers too.
The history of . . .
Dermal fillers were first introduced by an Austrian doctor, Robert Gersuny, who was using oils and wax as a soft tissue filler for the cosmetic repair of facial defects in the late 1800’s. This practice quickly gained popularity and continued through the 1920’s.
In 1981 injectable collagen was introduced for fine lines, wrinkles and plumping area like the lips. A very popular therapy, collagen required a pre-treatment allergy test and some patient developed allergic reactions during treatment. Collagen injections are rapidly absorbed by the body, lasting only six weeks.
Today Hyaluronic Acid (HA) has replaced collagen. Hyaluronic Acid Gel, a natural sugar, which comprises fillers such as Juvederm®, is a naturally occurring substance found within the skin that binds moisture. Pre-treatments are not required as HA is a component of the body’s extracellular matrix and not a foreign body which can cause an immunologic reaction. Hyaluronic acid gel is injected as a filler to attenuate deep skin folds and wrinkles, and for soft tissue augmentation such as lip plumping. The cosmetic improvement from hyaluronic acid fillers lasts much longer than original collagen treatments–between 6 and 18 months before being reabsorbed by the body.
What’s New Now
The past ten years have seen many advances in FDA approved injectable technology.
A hyaluronic acid gel injection (compatible with the human body as it’s naturally found in almost every single living thing,) acts like an inflated cushion to support facial structures and tissues that may have lost volume or elasticity due to normal aging. It also brings water to the surface of skin to keep it looking fresh and supple.
VYCROSS® technology blends different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid which contributes to the gel’s long duration and natural look.
Injectable technologies are specific and targeted to particular uses such as cheeks, lips, brow, chin, and forehead.
Even dermal fillers have limits
While plumping cheeks, removing fine lines, and tightening areas like the forehead and chin may achieve great results for many patients, some require a more complete solution like brow lift, eye lift, facelift, or chin augmentation. Your consultation will reveal your best options for a youthful rejuvenation.
Commonly, the term “injectable” refers to dermal fillers however, there are other exciting injectable treatments such as Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, treatments like KYBELLA® destroy fat cells, and once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, so further treatment is not expected once the aesthetic goal is reached. This results in a noticeable reduction in fullness in areas of accumulated fat such as the chin.
Instead of “filling” the subcutaneous area, Botulinum Toxin injections relax wrinkles to prevent them from deepening
How to know what’s right for you?
A variety of dermal fillers are used in our office on a daily basis. Each type of filler is unique in its composition, the duration of the results, and the appropriate conditions that are treated. Each of our patients receives a consultation to understand the best location for treatment, how long a treatment is expected to last, the cost, and the risk of side effects. We call this our “Passport to Perfection” program as it ensures the best possible result for you.