There is a wide variety of injectables available in today’s market. They are composed of specific ingredients designed to treat certain areas of the face. It can be confusing when trying to decide which injectable is best for you. It is important to understand what makes up a filler and its effects before you choose one for your treatment. The most common injectables in today’s market are BOTOX® Cosmetic, JUVÉDERM®, and RADIESSE®.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a solution of botulinum toxin. In its natural state, botulinum toxin is poisonous, but as an injectable, it is merely a neurotransmitter inhibitor. When injected, BOTOX® Cosmetic prevents the muscles from receiving signals from the brain to contract. This allows the muscles to relax, reducing the visible signs of wrinkles. BOTOX® Cosmetic prevents muscle movement; it does not increase the volume or plump the skin. The effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic last approximately four months.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is ideal for improving:
- Lines at the corners of the eyes (“crow’s feet”)
- Lines between the brows (“frown lines”)
- Lines across the forehead
JUVÉDERM® ULTRA and ULTRA PLUS
JUVÉDERM® ULTRA and ULTRA PLUS are FDA-approved hyaluronic acid fillers. Hyaluronic acid is a natural compound that works within the skin to stimulate cellular turnover and collagen production, and it is used to add volume and fullness to the skin. The effects of JUVÉDERM® ULTRA and ULTRA PLUS can last up to a year and a half.
JUVÉDERM® ULTRA and ULTRA PLUS are ideal for improving:
- Folds in the lower half of the face
- Nasolabial folds
- “Circles” beneath the eyes
- Lip fullness and definition (lip augmentation without the need for permanent implants)
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is better defined as a “volumizer” rather than a filler, and it can produce a “lifting” effect. This product is injected primarily in the upper cheek area to provide fullness and rejuvenate the midface area. The effects of JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC can last up to two years.
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is ideal for improving:
- Loss of cheek projection associated with aging
- Loss of midface contour and definition
RADIESSE® is an FDA-approved dermal filler composed of the naturally occurring protein calcium hydroxylapatite. This protein stimulates the production of collagen in the skin, which increases volume and adds fullness. The effects of RADIESSE® can last up to two years.
RADIESSE® is ideal for improving:
- Deep nasolabial folds near the nose
- Folds in the lower face
All injectables are non-surgical treatments and do not require downtime after the procedure. Repeat treatments will be necessary to maintain ideal results. During your consultation, you and Dr. Peters can discuss your aesthetic goals to determine which filler will work best for you.
To schedule your consultation with Dr. Mark Peters, contact our office at (985) 227-4325 or fill out our online contact form here for more information.