Fillers & Injectables
Dermal fillers and injectables reduce the appearance of skin wrinkling.
To minimize the appearance of lines around the eyes and on the forehead, the underlying facial muscles are relaxed with:
For a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles around the mouth and nose, skin fillers can be injected into skin folds. Popular injectable treatments include:
Injectable skin fillers have added new dimensions to the field of cosmetic dermatology, allowing new forms of facial rejuvenation and wrinkle treatment without surgery. Injectable skin and wrinkle fillers are used to increase tissue volume (as with lip augmentation), reduce wrinkles, and improve skin’s overall contour.
BOTOX® Cosmetic temporarily diminishes or eliminates lines and wrinkles on the face, and it has become a popular wrinkle treatment among patients who want to address moderate signs of aging. BOTOX® Cosmetic works by relaxing the facial muscles that contract and cause lines and wrinkles to form. The treatment is usually quick, taking about 10 minutes in most cases. Because the results of a BOTOX® treatment last an average of three to six months, touchup treatments are usually necessary.
Hyaluronic acid has become accepted—and even preferred—for use in wrinkle treatment. However, some people have allergic reactions to hyaluronic acid products synthesized from bovine or avian tissue.JUVÉDERM® is made of biosynthesized, non-animal hyaluronic acid, so it is free of allergens that may cause adverse reactions in some patients. Juvéderm® offers the same cosmetic benefits provided by animal-based hyaluronic acid skin fillers, but without the risk of allergic reaction. JUVÉDERM® comes in several concentrations for treatment of different types of wrinkles and creases.
Perlane® is another of the hyaluronic acid–based injectable fillers that provide an excellent way to reduce or eliminate the lines and wrinkles that accompany aging. Unlike some skin fillers, however, Perlane also provides exceptional lip enhancement for fuller, more sensual lips.
RADIESSE® (Formerly Radiance™)
RADIESSE® is an injectable skin filler that contains microspheres comprised mainly of calcium and phosphate ions, which occur naturally in the human body. After RADIESSE® is injected, thin tissue forms around the microspheres, filling wrinkles and creating a semi-permanent support structure for the skin. Results may last up to two years or more, though touchup procedures may be needed.
Restylane® is made from biodegradable hyaluronic acid, and is very similar to Perlane, but is used more for facial wrinkles and contouring than for lip augmentation. The effects of Restylane® can be expected to last about six months. Thanks to its safety and the potential longevity of its effects, Restylane® has become one of the most popular non-surgical treatments in the world of cosmetic surgery today.
Sculptra® is the brand name of Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLA). It is a skin filler that is diluted in sterile water and injected beneath the skin. A very effective wrinkle treatment, Sculptra® works unlike most other skin fillers. After Sculptra® is injected into the body, it stimulates the formation of new collagen, which increases skin volume and fills wrinkles. Sculptra® is often used in cosmetic dermatology for patients suffering from facial lipoatrophy, the loss of facial fat.Sculptra® treatment has been described as a “liquid face lift”for this reason.
BELOTERO BALANCE® is a prescription injection that is approved to temporarily smooth out and fill in moderate-to-severe nasolabial folds (the folds or wrinkles that go from the side of the nose to the corner of the mouth).
Xeomin (incobotulinumtoxinA), is approved by the US FDA for the treatment of adults with cervical dystonia or blepharospasm and Moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. IncobotulinumtoxinA is made from the bacteria that causes botulism.