Cosmetic injectables continue to grow in popularity as they provide quick results without having to go under the knife or long recovery downtime. Injectables can help combat the signs of aging by working in different ways – from preventing contractions in the muscles that cause wrinkles, to filling the wrinkles from beneath or stimulating the production of collagen. But what are injectables, and what the differences between them?
Botox is a popular FDA-approved wrinkle eraser made from botulinum toxin type A that treats dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles form on the skin above a contracting muscle when you squint, smile or frown. Botox works beneath the surface of the skin to block nerve messages and relax the muscle, thus reducing the appearance of forehead and frown lines, crow’s feet and other expression lines. The results last about four months.
Juvederm, Perlane & Restylane
Dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Perlane and Restylane are made of hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance that binds with water molecules under the skin to smooth wrinkles by “filling” them. These fillers treat static wrinkles, which are wrinkles such as frown lines, marionette lines and lip lines that are visible at all times. These fillers are injected beneath a wrinkle, crease or area where there’s a loss of volume to fill and “plump” the area. The results last six months to a year.
Made of calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres suspended in a water-based gel, Radiesse not only fills the wrinkle but also stimulates the body to produce new collagen for longer-lasting results. It’s best for filling and correcting lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth such as smile lines, nasolabial folds (from the nose to the corners of the mouth) and marionette lines (corners of the mouth to the chin). Radiesse is one of the longest-lasting wrinkle fillers, lasting for up to two years.
To learn more about Botox, dermal fillers and other ways to achieve a youthful glow, call Envision Cosmetic Surgery today at (801) 203-4341 and set up a consultation. Dr. Dunkley and his team will help you determine the best injectables to fit your unique needs.