The Top 5 Things You Need to Know About Injectables
Before booking a consultation with your surgeon, it helps to have a handle on some of the top products used in non-invasive plastic surgery. One of the most popular forms of this is the facial filler or injectable. Injectables are designed to be injected under the skin in order to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, firm up the skin, and help prevent sagging, which causes wrinkles to become more apparent.
These five questions will help you decide, in consultation with the surgeon, which of the various treatments is right for you and whether the results will meet your expectations.
What are the Top Three Products?
Different surgeons like different products, but it’s fair to say that the three most popular and well-known products are as follows:
- Botox – the original celebrity injectable… not a facial filler but a neurotoxin
- Juvederm – a hyaluronic acid-based filler for reducing wrinkles for up to 4-6 months
- Radiesse – adds volume and promotes skin growth, for long-lasting wrinkle correction
All of these are trademarked, FDA-approved products, with an effective span of anywhere between four months (Botox) and over a year (Radiesse). But, they do slightly different things.
Botox is different from an injectable filler. As a neurotoxin, it relaxes the muscles, reducing dynamic wrinkles like crow’s feet and frown lines. Juvederm, on the other hand, is an injectable filler made from natural ingredients which boosts volume, but doesn’t act on the muscles themselves, with an effect that lasts an average of 4-6 months.
Radiesse also adds volume to the skin, and can be used to treat fine lines with an effect that can last for over a year. Radiesse also stimulates skin growth.
How Should I Measure Recovery Time?
In all cases, recovery time should be minimal – think in terms of days, rather than weeks – but you may need to return for repeat treatments. During the recovery time there may be some slight swelling, but in the vast majority of cases normal activities can resume almost immediately.
Will I Need a Repeat Treatment?
Yes. Most injectables provide temporary results, meaning that repeat treatment will be needed every few months or so in order to maintain the effect.
Are There Any Complementary Procedures?
Good general skin care is essential, but some clients may decide that other treatments such as laser hair removal and skin peels would also benefit them. In such cases, please talk the options through with the surgeon.
How Much Will it All Cost?
A face lift costs thousands, if not tens of thousands, of dollars and doesn’t last as long as you might think. Injectable fillers cost hundreds of dollars, and sometimes less than a hundred, to have a worthwhile effect. While the treatments do need to be repeated, they come with fewer risks and can be carried out almost on-demand in a lunch break!
Hopefully, you have enough information to feel a bit less intimidated by the idea of treatment. After all, you should be looking forward to a new look and not worrying if you’ve made the right choice. To learn more about injectable treatments in the Washington, D.C. area, contact the Naderi Center at (703) 481-0002 in Herndon, Virginia, or (301) 222-2020 in Chevy Chase, Maryland.