Plastic Surgery Resources Injectables (Botox & Wrinkle Fillers)

Cosmetic Injectables

Restore Youthful Fullness and Soften Wrinkles

People today are not only living longer than ever before, but want their appearance to match the youthful way they feel. As a result, more men and women are turning to cosmetic injectables as a minimally-invasive alternative for facial rejuvenation.

Line, creases and wrinkles on the face are inevitable as we get older. These signs of aging begin to appear as our skin loses volume, moisture and elasticity. Wrinkles caused by repeated facial expressions tend to appear first. As time goes on, factors such as sun exposure, smoking, certain medications, genetics and the natural process of aging cause more wrinkles to form.

In the fight against wrinkles, the use of cosmetic injectables has grown enormously in the past decade or so as a quick, proven and effective way to replace lost volume in the skin and relax facial muscles. According to the 2015 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Botulinum Toxin Type A and Soft Tissue Fillers were the two most popular minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures by a wide margin.

Botulinum Toxin Type A

Repetitive facial movements such as smiling, frowning or squinting cause dynamic wrinkles to appear on the face. Dynamic wrinkles often appear as frown lines between the eyebrows, crow's feet around the eyes and horizontal furrows in the forehead.

Botulinum Toxin Type A (also called botulinum toxin or botox) is a neurotoxin derived from bacteria that is used in purified form for cosmetic purposes. When injected into facial muscles, botox temporarily blocks the nerve signals that cause these muscles to contract. Botulinum toxin is administered in a series of small injections that soften dynamic wrinkles by relaxing muscles in the face.

Soft Tissue Fillers

Skin volume and elasticity that is lost due to aging and other factors can cause static wrinkles. These types of wrinkles are present even when your facial expression is neutral and the face is at rest. Static wrinkles often show up as lines and creases around the mouth, eyes and forehead, including the nasolabial folds, or "laugh lines."

Soft Tissue Fillers (also called injectable fillers, dermal fillers or wrinkles fillers) are injected into the face to soften lines and wrinkles and restore youthful fullness by temporarily adding volume to the skin. Sometimes called a "liquid facelift," dermal fillers offer immediate results with a simple, no-downtime procedure.

Combination Therapy

Botulinum toxin and soft tissue fillers can be used together in a single minimally-invasive treatment to restore lost fullness and relax the muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles. When appropriate, injectables can also be combined with other methods of facial rejuvenation such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion and laser skin resurfacing.

If you are looking for a more permanent solution, ask your plastic surgeon if you are a candidate for a facelift, eyelid surgery or forehead lift.