Cosmetic injectables offer cutting-edge
solutions to age-old problems. From smoothing out dynamic wrinkles like crow’s
feet and frown lines to filling in loose, sagging skin and static creases,
these products can address a range of age-related issues in almost no time at
Best of all, injectable treatments do not
require painful incisions, weeks of healing time, or the risk of scarring. Many
of the most popular injectables are also largely comprised of
naturally-occurring substances. Because of this, they aren’t prone to causing
serious side effects or allergic reactions.
If you’re looking for a way to instantly
revitalize your face, you’ll want to start by learning more about the benefits
and drawbacks of each injectable type. Given that many of the most popular
injectables will provide temporary results that last several months before
wearing off, there’s virtually no risk of getting stuck long-term with
aesthetic changes that you don’t like. In fact, for the most popular
injections, there tend to be very few risks at all.
Hyaluronic Acid-Based Dermal
Hyaluronic acid (HA) exists naturally in your
body. It can be found in your joints and tissues where it provides hydrating
benefits for comfort, health, and mobility. Water molecules are drawn to and
accumulated by HA. When cosmetic injectables are made from this substance, its
hydrating benefits and the noticeable plumping effects of water accumulation
can produce remarkable changes and rejuvenation in loose, heavily lined skin.
HA-based dermal fillers provide a number of
impressive benefits within just three to seven days of injection. As these
solutions attract and retain water molecules, they can quickly erase deep
creases at the nasolabial folds, minimize the appearance of loose and sagging
skin along the jawline, and eliminate deep hollows in the cheeks. Ultimately,
these products restore the facial fullness that is necessary for maintaining a
smooth and youthful appearance.
Additionally, the hydrating effects of these
products leave the surface of the skin supple, dewy, and glowing. By hydrating
the skin from the inside out and at every level, HA-based dermal fillers are
able to produce incredibly subtle, natural-looking changes.
Because HA-based fillers contain a substance
that the body produces naturally, these solutions have a very low likelihood of
causing adverse reactions or allergies. Secondary ingredients and strategic
restructuring of HA molecules, however, may affect how your body responds to
these injections. For instance, basic HA-based fillers last for just six to
nine months given that the body can easily recognize these products and break
Cross-linked HA, or HA in which large and
small molecules have been carefully linked together, can last quite a bit
longer. While the risk of an allergic reaction to all HA-based fillers is
statistically low, the risks associated with cross-linked products may be
greater for some patients. Cross-linked HA and secondary ingredients are often
meant to provide enhanced or extended benefits but can make some patients more
sensitive to the injections.
If you are prone to allergic reactions or have
never used these products before, a small, test amount of each new solution can
be used to determine your tolerance level.
Not all injectables are designed to address
volume loss. Instead, some are meant to relax the muscle tension that is
responsible for the formation of dynamic or motion-related wrinkles and
Whenever a person smiles, frowns, or makes
other facial expressions, the resulting tension places stress on the smooth
layer of collagen that supports and defines the skin. This is how crow’s feet,
frown lines, and other dynamic wrinkles are formed.
Injectable neurotoxins work by temporarily
immobilizing the expressive muscles that ultimately cause the smooth,
supporting collagen layer to become compromised. Once these muscles are
released, tension is reduced and the collagen layer lies smooth. Best of all,
using injectable neurotoxins doesn’t eliminate a person’s ability to smile,
frown, or make other emotive expressions. Strategic injection of these products
ensures that only select muscles are relaxed.
These popular anti-aging solutions are derived
from botulinum toxin. As such, people who have known allergies to this
bacteria, or to products derived from it are advised to pursue other cosmetic
During your consultation appointment, Dr.
Buckingham can help you learn more about the primary and secondary ingredients
within any cosmetic injectable you’re considering. Moreover, your medical history
will be reviewed, and you will be asked about all past side effects and
allergic reactions. These efforts ensure that cosmetic treatments are
streamlined for meeting the unique needs of every patient.
Preventing Possible Side Effects
Although cosmetic injectables are non-invasive
treatments, there are still a number of common side effects that patients can
expect. Fortunately, these effects are often mild and generally very
short-lived. Moreover, there are a number of ways to reduce or prevent them to
help ensure a shorter, safer, and more convenient healing process.
For instance, injectable treatments may lead
to slight bleeding, bruising, or swelling in the targeted area. To minimize
these side effects, patients should avoid drinking alcohol or taking
non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin or Ibuprofen just
ahead of treatment.
Patients who have never used facial fillers before are
often advised to use basic, shorter-term products first, before progressing to
cross-linked, longer-lasting formulas. This gives new clients the opportunity
to assess how well their bodies react, before committing to more significant
facial changes. To find out if cosmetic injectables are right for you, or to
learn more about our current range of non-invasive anti-aging procedures, call
Buckingham Center in Austin, Texas today at (512) 401-2500.