Cosmetic injections are one of the more serious treatments you can get. They’re more invasive than some of the other procedures like microdermabrasion and laser resurfacing, but they’re not as risky as cosmetic surgery.
For your health you should always try the least risky procedures first. People have received some great results with cosmetic injections but it’s not something you should rush into. On this part of the site we’ll give you everything you need to know in order to make a well-informed decision.
Duration : Long Term
Typical Cost : $250-1000+
Sessions Needed : 1-10
Treatment Time : Low
The following is a list of some of the most common cosmetic injections. Although they are all injected none are exactly the same. Some actually do very different things to your body.
- Botox – Botox is one of the most popular and best know injections. It’s approved by the FDA to temporarily improve the appearance of frown lines.
- Dysport – Similar to Botox Dysport is used to temporarily improve the look of frown lines without altering the look of your face.
- Juvederm – Juvederm is an injectable facial filler. It’s used by cosmetic, dermatological, and plastic surgeons to make wrinkles much less obvious. It mostly contains hydrochloric acid; a substance normally found in the skin and muscles.
- Restylane – The Restylane line of products are used to add volume and fullness to the skin, temporarily reducing wrinkles. It can also be used for lip enhancements.
- Cosmoplast – CosmoPlast are collagen fillers. They are less expensive than the alternatives but don’t last as long.
- Sculptra – As with the others it’s injected into the skin in areas where fat has been lost, this makes the skin thicken via collagen neo-synthesis. This therefore improves the appearance of folds and sunken areas. Typical results last 2 years.
- Artefill – Artefil claim their product “is different from temporary injectable wrinkle fillers. The unique microspheres in Artefill are not absorbed by the body and provide the support your skin needs for natural, long-lasting results.“
Make sure you look into the above sites. Especially read the small print. For example, at the bottom of some of the pages is a disclaimer saying at all pictures, apart from the before & after pictures, feature models.
With these treatments you’ll be going from skin care with is just skin deep, like creams, to a procedure which has more of an impact on your muscle and soft tissue.
The Differences Between Injections
There are two main types of injection. Dermal fillers and skin tightening injections. Dermal fillers are designed to add volume to the area they’re injected. This plumps out the skin reducing the appearance of wrinkles or transforming the area into a smoother shape. They are most commonly used in situations where the skin needs to be filled in, and treating wrinkles which don’t come from muscle movement. So scars, lip enhancement and cheek volumizing are typical uses.
Skin tightening on the other hand paralyses the muscles causing the wrinkle. So while the muscle is relaxed, the wrinkles are reduced for a certain period of time. Skin tightening injections will mostly be used for treating wrinkles caused by the repeated movement of muscles in the face like:
- Forehead lines
- Crows feet
- Mouth corner wrinkles
The reason that we get wrinkles is usually to do with a lack of structure (when collagen levels decrease) or from natural movements of the face like smiling or frowning. The above treatments (temporarily) combat these causes. They can be great for complimenting other procedures like teeth whitening.
How Long Will These Injections Last?
This is dependant upon the specific injection, and in some respects, the skill of the practitioner. All injections will have different advantages and disadvantages. For example once injection designed to reduce wrinkles could do an incredible job, but only last 3 months. On the other hand another injection could last well over 6 months but not provide results which were as good. The main question to ask is “what do I want?”. Once you know the answer to this question your doctor can better advise you.
Are There Side effects?
Side effects are minimal. One of the most attractive elements about this sort of injection is their downtime. Within 24 – 48 hours you should be back to normal. The actual injection process is no different to any other, so there’s just a bit of discomfort for a few seconds. Depending on the individual you may also experience bruising around the point of entry, redness, minor swelling, or tenderness. There is also a chance of allergic reaction, although it is uncommon. Read more about people who claim to have had a reaction.
The best way to avoid side effects is not to touch the treated area for days after the treatment. This could result in you moving the injected substance around.
Although the procedures aren’t as dangerous as cosmetic surgery, if done badly they can really make a mess. There are a few horror stories about these procedures when they go wrong so you need to properly do your research first. Make sure you’re getting the treatment from experienced professionals. Don’t be tempted to go to a clinic you don’t trust to save a few hundred dollars. It really isn’t worth the risk. You must make sure they have all the necessary qualifications and training. Use this find a dermatologist tool from the American Academy of Dermatology as a good starting point.
We’ve looked at a lot of the negatives on this page so you’re aware of the risks. With Botox alone there are over 1 million injections carried out each year. The overwhelming majority are completed correctly, but cases in which they go wrong are often more widely publicised. Just don’t rush into it!