3 Injectables to Restore Youth
Injectables come in the form of products that reduce wrinkling and those that add volume. This article discusses 3 injectables that are commonly used and why plastic surgeons use them. But in short, because wrinkles and volume loss are the result of aging, the clock can be reversed by erasing wrinkles and adding volume. The art, of course, is knowing the “where”, “what”, and “how much”.
Botox is a neurotoxin. It is in the same class of injectables as Xeomin and Dysport. These all function to weaken muscles. By weakening the muscles around the eyes and on the forehead, wrinkles can be reduced or even eliminated. At very high doses, the muscles can become paralyzed. This will not only eliminate wrinkles, but it will also eliminate expression of these muscles. Hence, the “frozen look”. Some enjoy looking frozen. Most men and women prefer to retain animation of the eyebrows.
Juvederm is a dermal filler. It is made of hyaluronic acid, which is a natural component of tissues. The main competing filler for Juvederm is Restylane. They are both hyaluronic acid products made by different companies. There are several types of Juvederm variations. They differ based on their particle size. And, the particle size determines where the product can safely be injected. For instance, while Restylane and Juvederm Ultra and Ultra Plus can be injected into the lips, Juvederm Voluma cannot. That is, the product is too thick for the lips and can result in nodules.
The hyaluronic acid products are temporary. Their duration of action lasts up to eight months. They have gained significant popularity because of their safety and range of use. Unlike Radiesse (below), these products can be reversed with the injection of an enzyme.
Radiesse is made of calcium hydroxlapetite, the natural component of bone and teeth. This is wonderful product for the cheeks, jawline, and chin, because it is thick and strong. It lasts longer than the hyaluronic acid products but it isn’t dissolvable. Radiesse is also considered a semi permanent filler because it induces collagen production. That is, once the products is absorbed in the body over the span of a year or more, residual volume is retained. Radiesse cannot be used in the lips because it can form hard nodules.
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Dr. Tim Neavin is a board-certified plastic surgeon located in Beverly Hills, California.