Recapturing the Youthful Look with Injectables and Fillers
by John Gary
What happens to skin as it ages? Collagen and elastin break down causing the skin to sag. Fat and muscle tone decrease, taking the healthy plume of youth with it. Over time, sun exposure takes its toll and leaves the skin worn out and ragged.
It’s not a happy story, but the good news is cosmetic medicine has a safe alternative to sagging skin. Injectables and fillers smooth frown lines and reverse the effects of aging without surgery.
It’s simple and safe, but you need to know what you’re getting before you set an appointment to get your youth back.
What Are Injectables and Fillers?
Injectables are a simple, non-surgical treatment for aging skin. They smooth wrinkles and leave the skin looking full and healthy. The most common injectable is Botox. Fillers are a type of injectable that offer longer-term results.
Don’t confuse cosmetic medicine with cosmetics. Injectables and fillers are used for medical procedures that have cosmetic results. They’re minimally invasive and non-surgical, but they should still be treated like medical procedures.
Who Offers These Services?
You could probably find someone to provide a cheap service, but you face the risk of being exposed to low-quality, poorly tested products. A professional will be certified and use only the highest quality injectables. You’ll recognize a professional when they can clearly explain where the injectable comes from and offer you an ‘informed consent document.’
What Types of Injectables and Fillers Are Available?
Botox is the most popular Botulinum Toxin used in the U.S. to treat aging skin. Botulinum Toxins temporarily block receptors to prevent lines and wrinkles from forming. Originally, they were used for facial spasms and have more recently been approved for cosmetic usage. Xeomin and Dysport are other brands of Botulinum Toxins.
For fillers, professionals often use some form of hyaluronic acid. This acid occurs naturally in the skin. It retains moisture and fills in space between cells to enhance that healthy, plump look that disappears into wrinkles.
Voluma XC, Juvederm, and Restylane are fillers that replenish hyaluronic acid. By the time you reach your 50s, your levels of hyaluronic acid are about half what they were in the prime of your youth. An infusion of this acid will help restore your skin to its natural, healthy luster.
Other common types of fillers are Radiesse and Belotero. Radiesse tends to be longer lasting and Belotero is designed to treat the fine lines around the lips and eyes.
These are some of the most common, approved products, but you’ll likely find others. Before you agree to treatment, make sure you are receiving quality fillers and injectables. Clinical trials for injectables are acceptable as long as you have all the information on potential side effects and informed consent.
Talk to a doctor about your health and whether these treatments are right for you. Injectables and fillers are appropriate for mild to moderate signs of aging. The ideal candidate is healthy, stable, and has reasonable expectations.