Perhaps you have been thinking about using a cosmetic injectable for a while now, but you just don’t know how to choose one or where to start! This can be an extremely confusing, anxious, and overwhelming decision, given the risks and variety of injectables.
Cosmetic injectables can be broken into two groups: dermal/facial fillers and wrinkle relaxers. The biggest difference between the two groups is that fillers actually plump and/or enhance an area of the face whereas relaxers do not.
Let’s talk about the relaxers first. These are things like Botox, Dysport and Xeomin, and they are all injectables. However, instead of augmentation, they essentially are paralyzing the muscles that cause common wrinkle lines like crow’s feet, forehead furrows, and the line between the eyebrows. They can be used along with fillers, but they are extremely different.
Also, relaxers, just like and injectable, should be carefully planned out for use with your doctor. Everyone reacts differently to each kind, and they are serious risks to be considered when thinking about cosmetic injectables. Also, everyone has different skin needs and concerns, and all aspects of damage and elasticity must also be considered when choosing injectables.
Make sure you are doing the best for YOU before embarking on an injectable journey.
As for a dermal filler, there are several different types, and these can vary from place to place. So, we will just talk about the general different ones and how they work.
Many dermal fillers work on the reliance of immediate smoothing ability of hyaluronic acid. Many injections also work to stimulate one’s natural collagen production, which creates less of a need for use. However, there are also more specific types of injectables made for those with specific concerns and needs.
For example, one injectable is made specifically for those with HIV and have suffered a loss of facial fat. This helps to build up the cheeks and fill in hollow areas. These types of dermal fillers use a synthetic compound that also stimulates new collagen. These all take several treatments about a month apart for results to become apparent.
Lastly, there are some facial fillers that work to immediately improve volume using calcium hydroxyapatite, a mineral in teeth and bones. So, this type of filler is eventually absorbed by the body after about a year.
There are so many different fillers out there that can be used for so many reasons. Continue to do research with your doctor about which type of filler is right for you, and please, weigh the risks before doing something like this. It can bring you happiness in terms of aesthetic appearance, but sometimes the consequences can be detrimental to your health. With proper guidance, this can be well avoided.