Restorative injectables have changed the game for everyone looking to look younger – with fresh-faced rejuvenation now possible without surgery, it’s never been easier to love the way you look. But there’s a wide variety of injectables out there, attached to a wide variety of uses. Below, we break down the three major categories, and give you all you need to know about their uses so you can begin narrowing your search for treatment.
Dermal fillers provide structure and volume for several features across your face; from lips to eyes to all manner of wrinkles. Most dermal fillers are based off hyaluronic acid (the active ingredient in many moisturizers), and aid in softening fine lines, reshaping contours, plumping thin smiles, and correcting many other signs of aging.
Dermal fillers are not a one-time, permanent solution, and don’t produce extreme alterations like facial surgery, but for patients looking to enhance their appearance and add volume to hollow areas (without altering their most recognizable features), they are an ideal treatment option. Popular brands of Hyaluronic fillers include Juvederm and Restylane. For a filler that lasts longer, patients often turn to Radiesse — composed of calcium hydroxyapatite — depending on the treatment area. Each option produces a very different outcome under the skin, so choosing the right one is a thoughtful process.
Commonly known through brands like Botox, Dysport and Xeomin, neuromodulators are designed to weaken your facial muscles; freezing them in place and keeping them from contracting. This produces diverse benefits – like softening skin, reducing wrinkles and even blocking excess sweat & oil. After a brief introductory period, they leave the face looking significantly younger and more defined.
Neuromodulators are generally recommended for lines and wrinkles caused by muscle movement (as opposed to those from sun damage or rapid weight loss, better suited for dermal filters), like Crow’s feet and forehead lines. Their effects generally last 3 – 4 months, meaning you’ll need regular retouching if you want to maintain them.
Kybella is a deoxycholic acid with a very specific use – namely, reducing the double chin’s excess fat build-up. In fact, it’s the first non-surgical way to get rid of a double chin. Kybella breaks down fat cells accrued via age or genetics, leaving your chin looking smooth and contoured. No facial lipo necessary.
Aside from its ease of use, one of Kybella’s biggest perks is the lack of maintenance needed to enjoy its effects. Once the fat cells in your chin are released, they don’t come back. In other words – one Kybella treatment is permanent. However, most patients will need up to three treatments for the full effect.
Location, Location, Location
Choosing which restorative injectable to use is as much a matter of “where” as “what”, and it’s one you won’t have a comfortable handle on until your consultation. In addition to that, each filler has different risks and preparations. Generally, mild short-term bruising is the most common risk to consider, but every patient’s different. So now that you’ve got a great knowledge base, talk to a professional and decide which injectable works best for you!