Injectables

by Bella Viságe

About Injectables

As the skin ages, it is exposed to environmental pollutants, ultraviolet rays, and the tug and pull of our muscles underneath the surface. Therefore collagen and hyaluronic acid in the skin begin to diminish, skin loses structure and volume, and unwelcome lines and wrinkles appear. Many people choose to restore the youthful appearance of their face with injectables. There are two general classes of injectables that offer minimally invasive techniques:  neurotoxins and soft tissue fillers (Juvederm and Restylane).

Neurotoxins

These injections are a fast, simple and relatively painless procedure that can smooth deep persistent lines (which have developed over time) for up to four months. Neurotoxins are natural, purified proteins which are injected in very low doses into overactive muscles that cause lines to form. These products work by blocking the release of the chemical that causes muscles to contract.

There are a variety of neurotoxin products, all of which are botulinum toxin type A. These toxins are administered into overactive facial muscles and work differently than wrinkle fillers. They block the body’s chemicals that cause wrinkle-causing facial muscle contractions. By preventing the contractions, the wrinkle that comes with it, is prevented.

Dermal Fillers
(Juvederm and Restylane)

Restylane®, Restylane Silk®, and Juviderm Ultra are dermal fillers composed of hyaluronic acid, and thus attract water into the injected area, providing volume and fullness to the skin and soft tissues of the face. This helps to replace lost volume and restore youthful contours to the skin by smoothing facial wrinkles and folds.

It provides a soft, supple correction that provides a very natural result. Restylane Silk® is the newest member of the ‘Restylane Family’ and is FDA indicated for subtle enhancement of the lips and smoothing of the fine lines around the mouth.