Cosmetic Injections for Women
Embarrassing facial wrinkles and lines can be reduced with cosmetic injections into the skin of all sorts of different women. The two main types of injectable substances used are botulinum toxin type A and dermal fillers. To treat deep lines, the surgeon or cosmetic practitioner may decide to use both types of injectables to achieve the best result.
Botulinum toxin type A is given by intramuscular (IM) injection to weaken muscles in the face and lessen the lines associated with facial expression. The toxin relaxes the underlying muscle and allows the skin to flatten out.
Dermal fillers are piped by injection along wrinkles and lines to plump the skin. Examples of dermal fillers include bovine (cow) collagen and the person’s own body fat.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Fillers, which come in a variety of materials, including animal and human collagen, human fat, naturally occurring substances in the body, and so forth, are injected into the depression or crease in a wrinkled area. We classify them as temporary, semi-permanent, and permanent.
In general, we use fillers to replenish volume, which then helps to restore a natural, rested look. Unfortunately, we associate a sunken, gaunt look with age and disease, whereas we are all attracted to the youthful fullness of a face that has retained its curves and supple appearance.
Some fillers fit the definition of a non-extreme treatment we offer to help individuals to look good quickly and make a good first impression. Some filler treatments can be done in minutes in the office with very little downtime. Most of the newer filler agents available today can provide a great youthful look by the coming weekend.
We sometimes use fillers in combination with other treatments. A BOTOX® injection, followed by a filler and laser treatment, is one of the most common combination treatments and is a fast way to make an improved first impression. Both men and women seek injectables to restore their youthful appearance without drastically altering their looks, to enhance their attractiveness and self-confidence in their social and personal lives, and in today’s competitive workplace and business environment.
Over the past five years, the use of fillers has become more and more popular. Discover which one may be best for you.
Doctors use botulinum toxin type A on their female patients to treat medical conditions, including facial tics, muscle spasms, and excessive sweating. In Australia, the cosmetic use of botulinum toxin type A is restricted to the treatment of frown lines between the eyebrows. It is currently available in Australia under the brand names Botox® Cosmetic and Dysport®.
Any other cosmetic use is not approved and becomes the responsibility of the treating doctor. It is not uncommon for medication to be used to treat conditions for which they have not been approved. However, the implications of this should be explained to the person at the time of prescription.
Ever since scientists turned their expertise into creating products and technologies that give people the chance to restore their youthful looks, new products and procedures have been popping up every year. Some have been received positively both by clients and the medical community.
Juvederm® treatments happen to be a favorite for many people. It’s a popular “wrinkle filler” and has been carried out in certified clinics since 2006. It is used to smooth out the wrinkles around the eyes, nose, and laugh lines around the mouth. As a dermal filler, it can be injected in “hollow” areas of the skin that are usually caused by deep wounds and concave scars. This treatment is also considered as an alternative for lip augmentation.
A non-animal, biodegradable gel composed of hyaluronic acid, Restylane® is a soft tissue dermal filler that adds volume to the skin through tiny injections; smoothing facial folds and wrinkles in areas around the mouth and eyes.
Radiesse® synthetic dermal filler made of calcium hydroxyapatite is utilized for the correction of moderate to severe wrinkles and folds. This injectable is a longer-lasting filler because the body forms collagen around the microspheres, adding bulk to the injected areas.
In addition, there are some lesser known dermal fillers:
Sculptra®: An injectable made of synthetic polylactic acid contained in microspheres, Sculptra® is the first FDA-approved injectable for the restoration of lost facial volume (correction of lipoatrophy) in people with HIV.
Captique™: Utilized for filling moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds around the nose and mouth, Captique™ is a soft tissue filler that adds volume to certain areas of the face; derived from non-animal-based hyaluronic acid.
Hylaform®: Filling moderate to severe wrinkles around the nose and mouth, Hylaform® is a dermal filler that has been chemically modified from hyaluronic acid; designed to temporarily smooth the surface the skin.