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Your Ultimate Guide to the Types of Injectables

Interested in anti-aging cosmetic treatments? You’re not alone: about 70 percent of people would like to get injectables and other cosmetic treatments. 

But which ones are right for you?

While countless cosmetic treatments are on the market today, injectables remain among the most popular. These minimally-invasive treatments offer impressive results without significant recovery time. However, choosing from all the different types of injectables can feel challenging.

We’ve put together this handy guide to help you make your choice. Here are the basic types of anti-aging injectables on the market today, and what you should know about each one. 

Juvederm

Juvederm fillers use hyaluronic acid gel to fill wrinkles and folds in the skin. This treatment works well on moderate to severe signs of aging, adding volume and smoothing out the skin. It also works as a lip filler. 

Trout pout and duck lips are a surefire sign of filler. But when expertly injected, the filler should look natural.

Juvederm treatments tend to last for about nine months to one year. However, it may take multiple treatments to get the best results. 

While there can be some slight pain during and following the injection, Juvederm doesn’t have a significant recovery time, and local anesthetics can reduce the pain. 

Botox

Botox remains one of the most well-known and popular cosmetic injectables. It works by creating a temporary paralysis in the muscles of the treatment area.

This injectable famously uses a neurotoxin called botulinum to get results. However, as an injectable, it’s completely safe and has been used successfully on millions of people.

A single treatment of Botox lasts for about three months, making this an ideal short-term treatment for wrinkles and fine lines. 

Restylane 

Like Juvederm, Restylane uses hyaluronic acid to get results. Many people like hyaluronic acid treatments because the body also makes hyaluronic acid, so Restylane mimics the most natural results possible.

In your body, natural hyaluronic acid keeps the skin supple and youthful. Aging decreases levels of natural hyaluronic acid, though. Restylane helps bring back that natural, youthful suppleness for about six to nine months.

Sculptra 

Sculptra uses the same substance used in biodegradable stitches or stitches that dissolve into the body rather than needing removal. And Sculptra also stimulates collagen production, creating a smoothing effect for up to two years. 

Since collagen loss contributes to visual aging, this is another treatment that mimics the body’s natural processes to get results. A Sculptra injection adds a substance called poly-L-lactic acid to the body, which sparks new collagen production for a more youthful look. 

Xeomin 

Finally, Xeomin offers an alternative to Botox that also uses the botulinum toxin.

Xeomin is especially ideal for targeting the frown lines between the eyebrows but also works well in other areas where Botox can be used. Some people may choose Xeomin over Botox because it doesn’t have any additives. 

Deciding Which Injectables Are Right for You

This list of common cosmetic injectables gives you many options to choose from. 

But how can you decide which one to use?

Determine Your Goals

Though there is absolutely no need to go running out for fillers before you even see your first wrinkle, people are starting treatments younger than ever before. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, in 2015, the majority of member facial plastic surgeons saw an increase in cosmetic surgery or injectable treatments in patients under age 30. Many dermatologists say that starting relatively young may have benefits.

Consult with a Specialist

The best way to choose is to consult with a knowledgeable specialist who will know which treatments can best meet your needs. 

Medical spas that specialize in cosmetic treatments offer the experience necessary to give you the best results.

Ask for a Referral

Injection is an art, so you want to find an artist whose work you like. 

If you feel comfortable, ask your friends for a referral.

Looking for injectables in the Wilmington area? We can help—contact us today to learn more!