Do you have facial wrinkles as a result of aging, sun exposure, and lifestyle factors? Many men and women who wish they had an easy way to minimize wrinkling should consider the benefits of injectable facial fillers or muscle relaxing injections (chemodenervation). For incredible facial rejuvenation results, injectable fillers or chemodenervation can help you achieve the younger, more refreshed appearance you desire, without the downtime or discomfort. These nonsurgical options are a great alternative to invasive facial procedures like facelift or blepharoplasty.
Popular and safe skin fillers and chemodenervation include:
BOTOX® Cosmetic – BOTOX® is an amazing, temporary wrinkle reliever that is currently the only available chemodenervation agent in the USA. Many more are currently being developed. BOTOX® can last four months or more. Forehead wrinkles and wrinkles between the brows can be minimize or eliminated with this minutes-long treatment.
Restylane® – this filler mimics a naturally occurring substance, hyaluronic, found in skin and can smooth small and large facial lines to take years off your appearance.
Hylaform® - this formula uses hyaluronic to add youthful smoothness to wrinkles for up to 12 months.
Juvederm™ – this hyaluronic smoothing skin filler is great for addressing smile (and frown) lines by replacing skin’s naturally occurring hyaluronic acid.
Sculptra™ – this injectable filler delivers results similar to fat injection with zero downtime!
Radiesse® –This advanced skin filler utilizes a powder composed of material found in naturally occurring human bone and can minimize the appearance of wrinkles for an extended period of time.
Collagen (Zyderm® or Zyplast® or Cosmoderm® or Cosmoplast®)) – (human or bovine-derived) this natural-occurring protein can be used for temporary filling of wrinkles, folds, and for lip augmentation.
Facial rejuvenation injectable treatments are performed on an outpatient basis and usually require very minimal, if any, downtime. Certain treatments like BOTOX® can be completed over a lunch hour with no recovery period!
How Injectables Work
The first thing that comes to our minds when we see facial wrinkles is… age. Wrinkles give away our age in an instant. Wrinkles are caused by 1) age and loss of volume as well as 2) repeated facial movement.
- Age and loss of volume: yes, but more specifically, they result from a breakdown in skin’s collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. The strategy behind injectable fillers addresses these three components and attempts to compensate for the breakdown by filling in specific skin areas with these or similar rich substances. Some of the injectable fillers offered by cosmetic surgery practices today can actually replace the lost substances and deliver results that last.
- Repeated facial movement: similar to creating wrinkles in clothing with extended wear, the body’s clothing – the skin – can develop wrinkles from excessive movement (smiling, squinting, frowning, furrowing, brow elevation with surprise or expression, lip pursing/kissing/smoking). By relaxing these muscles with chemodenervation, wrinkles will become less creased, less pronounced.
Wrinkles, folds, and facial creases of varying depths can be effectively treated with one or both of these safe, FDA-approved injectables.
When considering an injectable filler or chemodenervation treatment, find out all the risks and benefits of each so you can make an informed decision. Ask your doctor how long the results might last, what side effects are associated with each, how much treatments cost, and how safe each treatment is. You may also want to ask to see before and after photos of each to get an idea of the results possible.
Your Cosmetic Center
The cosmetic surgery center you choose should emphasize the importance of considering nonsurgical options as well as surgical alternatives. Depending on your individual beauty goals, you may be able to achieve very similar results with noninvasive skin rejuvenation. Find out more about the benefits of facial fillers by visiting the website of one of Chicago’s most respected cosmetic surgeons, Dr. Otto J. Placik.