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Facial Injectables; Botox and Fillers



Facial Injectables; Botox and Fillers, dermal fillers, wrinkle fillers, whatever you call them, will help if you don’t like the way that you are aging and want to make an immediate improvement in the way that you look without surgery. Dermal fillers enhance the appearance of your skin, immediately plumping up areas of the face that have started to lose volume causing sagging skin that makes you look older than you want to.   

Injectable wrinkle fillers can give you a more youthful look for a fraction of what a traditional facelift costs, with no scars or unnatural (fake) look. Most will fill lines and wrinkles in less than 30 minutes with results that can last from 4 months to more than a year or two. Injectable dermal fillers, unlike Botox injections (that relax the muscle under a wrinkle) fill the line, crease, or area with one of several different substances. As a result, trouble spots nearly disappear.


In this diagram you can see bone loss, fat shrinkage and redistribution and muscle mass loss; all of which causes the face to change shape and head south.

As the body ages, you will begin to shrink! Many reasons can cause this shrinkage, but it WILL eventually happen, even if you take great care of yourself. As you age, there is a loss of bone mass, fat mass and muscle mass causing loss of facial volume. Facial skin also stretches a bit due to loss of collagen and elastins. All of these factors add up to an older, droopier looking face. These are the biological things that make you appear older. Heredity also has some bearing on how well you age! (Good genes) Of course a life time of bad habits will heavily contribute to the way that you look and feel. Some of the bad habits that contribute to older looking skin are, smoking, too much sun exposure, de-hydration, large amounts of alcohol consumption, a high sugar intake, lack of exercise, high stress levels, gaining and losing weight numerous times.

All of these habits CAN be kicked. But, how do you get rid of the effects that they have left? Of course, you can stop doing all of the bad habits and replace them with good ones; but what can you do about the way that you look after you’ve gotten rid of your bad habits? Whatever you call them; injectable treatments, dermal fillers, facial fillers, injectables or facial injectables, they are used to plump up parts of the face and the back of the hands that have gotten smaller or deflated due to fat, and muscle atrophy, bone loss and loss of collagen and elastins. They are also used to plump thin lips, enhance shallow contours, soften facial creases and wrinkles and improve the appearance of recessed scars. Different dermal fillers are used to plump different areas and depths.

Facial fillers can also be very helpful in those with early signs of aging, or as a preventative measure. Many years ago, scientists used bovine (cow) collagen to fill in lines. There were a few set backs that have now been rectified by more current technology and ingredients produced in the human body. The old formulas had a very short life span, and caused a lot of allergic reactions. New facial fillers are comprised of natural ingredients that your own body produces (or used to).

Hyaluronic acids are carbohydrate substances already in the body so these products are considered natural and popular because they work well and last up to one – two years. These fillers act like an inflated cushion to support deflated facial structures and tissues while enhancing the look and feel of the skin. Hyaluronic acid fillers may be used to plump the nasolabial folds, (wrinkles that run from the nose to the corners of the  mouth) and lips as well as wrinkles and depressed scars. A couple of different medical drug companies provide the products for facial injectables; Galderma produces the family of Restylane products including Restylane, Restylane Silk, Restylane Lyft and Sculptra. Juvederm, Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra XC and Voluma are products made by Allergan.

Collagen is a firm, insoluble and fibrous protein in the human body and often used as a supplement and filler in cosmetic surgery. It’s used to touch up wrinkles around the mouth and forehead or to create fuller lips. Many of these fillers may last up to 4 months. It is not as commonly used as it used to be.

Calcium hydroxylapatite, considered the thickest of facial dermal fillers, is used to fill moderate to severe creases in the face such as frown or marionette lines around the nose and mouth or to contour the cheeks, lasting from 1-2 years. The manufacturer of Radiesse is Merz. Current fillers can lift and help reshape the face, add volume, help fill in baggy eyes, improve jowliness, and improve wrinkles and lines. Some research shows that repeated injections may help stimulate the body’s own natural production of collagen. That will help reduce the number of lines and wrinkles and give your face a fuller, more lifted appearance naturally. There is also some evidence that less filler is needed over time to achieve the same look. Other types of injectables are neuromuscular inhibitors. Familiar names are Botox, Dysport and Xeomin. These injectables are the most commonly practiced esthetic procedure in the world. These products are used to prevent movement of certain injected muscles, allowing the muscles to relax and smooth out. The most prominent use of these kinds of injections is to get rid of vertical lines between the eyes. It is also used to provide smoother foreheads and to minimize crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes, even soften vertical wrinkles near the mouth.

Kybella, which is made from deoxycholic acid, is a newly accepted FDA approved drug to get rid of “double chins”. Kybella breaks down fat pockets, leaving a smoother area under your chin. kybella-treatments-mi-before-after-03

There are MANY different kinds of facial injectables on the market. We provide quality products made in the US by the manufacturers. There are no “cheap, foreign products used on our Tucson med spa. EVER!!   Call now to make an appointment with our resident expert to see which ones are right for you! (520) 275-4510