Julie Moreno Falk, MMS, PA-C
What are Cosmetic Injectables?
Botox® Cosmetic and fillers, both commonly known as injectables, do have a few things in common. They are minimally invasive, office-based procedures that offer the patient no downtime. Oftentimes they may be the steps taken to delay or prevent the need for traditional surgeries such as a facelift or blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).
Botox®, Xeomin, and Dysport can be used to target wrinkles caused by muscle contraction. Most commonly, these wrinkles are found between the eyebrows, on the forehead, and around the eyes (“crow’s feet,” which occur when squinting). Over time, these lines become “etched” into the skin and become more apparent, even at rest.
These agents can be carefully injected into the muscles that cause these wrinkles, thus diminishing the appearance of these signs of aging or preventing them from occurring in the first place. An important difference is that these neurotoxins work predominantly on dynamic wrinkles – the wrinkles that present when you use your facial muscles to create expression. Treatment results last from 3-6 months and can range from a subtle decrease in muscle movement to a complete loss of muscle function.
Dermal Fillers: Replace Volume Lost with Age
What are they and how and where are they used?
All fillers serve one primary function. They replace volume (fat) that everyone loses as we age. Generally fat loss begins to occur in our early 30’s but environment (sun exposure) and health habits (smoking, drinking & drug use) can cause a faster onset of fat/volume loss.
The more fat we lose the more the face begins to take on a less youthful look. The face typically loses the largest amount of fat in four primary areas.
Dermal fillers can be used to restore lost volume or enhance certain features to provide an improved appearance. Volume loss may be a result of the natural aging process, genetic predisposition, extreme fitness, or certain illnesses and medications, among other things.
They go further and can be used to lift cheeks, eliminate under-eye bags and dark circles, erase smile lines, enhance the lips, and get rid of vertical lip lines (smoker’s lines, lipstick lines). Whatever the reason for your volume loss (or perhaps lack of volume in the first place), fillers can be used to provide a natural-appearing improvement in your appearance.
The demand for no downtime, cosmetic treatments that yield youthful results continues to rise. At The Center for Sinus, Allergy & Sleep Wellness we only use FDA-approved fillers that have demonstrated long-term safety and efficacy. The FDA- approved fillers available in the United States are generally made from hyaluronic acid, calcium hydroxylapatite, or poly-L-lactic acid. These fillers are approved for improvement of volume loss and lines in the face and hands lasting for 6-24 months. After a consultation, a plan can be tailored to your individual wants and goals.