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When it comes to cosmetic injectables, the long list of products available can be overwhelming. Whether you’re looking to eliminate crow’s feet or add volume to your lips, there’s an injectable that can help you reach your goals.
Below, we will discuss popular cosmetic concerns, the best injectables for the job, and the differences between each.
The Difference Between Injectable Fillers and Neuromodulators
Before we get into the specific products and brands, we must make some general distinctions.
Injectable fillers (dermal fillers) like JUVÉDERM® add volume to the face or lips, vary in softness or malleability based on the area in which they are injected, and are made up of various compounds, such as hyaluronic acid or calcium hydroxylapatite.
Injectable neuromodulators like BOTOX® Cosmetic use botulinum toxin to reduce or eliminate facial wrinkles by preventing muscle movement.
Each type of injectable has an ideal use, so we will discuss which type of filler or neuromodulator is best for your specific concern.
Dynamic Forehead Wrinkles, Frown Lines, Glabellar Lines, and Crow’s Feet
Most people’s emotive reactions are heavily reflected in their foreheads, eyebrows, and eyes. Therefore, these areas are prone to wrinkles and fine lines.
The best course of action in such areas will be a neuromodulator like BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport®. To minimize the look of wrinkles and fine lines, your provider will administer either product to relax the muscles, therefore smoothing the skin and underlying tissue.
For most areas, either BOTOX® Cosmetic or Dysport® will be sufficient, as they essentially do the same thing. The most significant difference is that Dysport® spreads differently than BOTOX® Cosmetic, which is an effect of its formula.
Some doctors prefer to use Dysport® for glabellar lines (the vertical lines between your eyebrows) for this reason, but it depends.
Nasolabial Folds and Marionette Lines
Nasolabial folds (the parenthesis lines between the nose and the mouth) and marionette lines (the lines from the mouth to the chin) may receive similar treatment. These areas are still dynamic but are often more deep-set, with the tissue being considerably softer than the forehead. For this reason, a dermal filler is best to add volume and essentially “fill in” those lines and creases.
Fine Lines Around the Mouth
For areas specific to the mouth, you want a softer, more pliable filler. Restylane® Silk and JUVÉDERM® XC are popular options for adding volume and smoothness to the mouth area, allowing more mobility and creating natural-looking results.
Loss of Chin and Cheek Volume
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is specifically designed to add volume to the lower sections of the face, so it’s perfect for filling the cheeks and chin. It can even smooth lines and create a more sculpted, youthful look.
Thin or Thinning Lips
For plumper, smoother lips, Restylane® Silk and Restylane® are popular choices. Maintaining natural movement when augmenting the lips is essential, and Restylane® products can achieve that while enhancing volume. Restylane® Silk is specifically designed for lip enhancement, while Restylane® has more versatile uses.
It’s been said that hands are a great indicator of a person’s age. Excessive wrinkles, bony protrusions, and tendons can make a person appear older than they’d like to.
RADIESSE® is a dermal filler containing calcium hydroxylapatite. This popular filler has many purposes, including adding volume to the hands. Additionally, RADIESSE® stimulates collagen production, providing lasting results.
Choosing the Cosmetic Injectable That’s Best for You
As with any cosmetic procedure, it’s best to discuss your options with your provider. The experts at Weston Cosmetic Surgery Center are highly skilled and experienced with cosmetic injectables and can help you choose the best treatment for your needs.