All About Injectables


Over the past decade, there has been a significant interest in the use of minimally-invasive treatments to help stave off the signs of aging. However, there is often confusion about what the differences are between neuromodulators (i.e., Botox®) and fillers (i.e., Juvederm® and Voluma®).

Botox® is a natural, purified protein that is used to temporarily relax facial muscles, which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as prevent new lines from forming.

This treatment can be used on a wide range of patients, and is primarily used for skin rejuvenation and the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Common injection sites includes the forehead, in between the eyebrows, “crow’s feet”, and sides of the chin. The treatment is used to soften the lines caused by facial expression and can be adjusted to ensure natural results. The aesthetic results of fine wrinkle reduction takes 7-10 days to take effect. The duration of results can vary amongst individuals but ranges from 3 to 5 months.

Facial fillers can also be used on a wide range of patients, and are primarily used for skin rejuvenation and the reduction of deeper lines and wrinkles. As we age, the natural collagen and elastin in the skin lessens, as cells lose their ability to produce more of their youthful components. When we are born, we have plentiful amounts of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) in our skin, but as we get older this store of HA diminishes, leaving the skin less supported, which can lead to the development of deeper lines and wrinkles.

Adding subtle volume with the use of dermal fillers such as Juvederm® and Voluma® (which are composed of HA) can lift and smooth targeted folds and wrinkles to provide a more youthful appearance. They restore the volume loss that naturally begins to occur when we reach our mid to late thirties, and in turn leads to a fresher, more youthful appearance. The aesthetic outcomes of treatments with dermal filler are seen immediately after the treatment and results can last up to 24 months.
While there is no real downtime associated with either of these treatments, occasionally there can be some slight bruising and swelling directly after the injection. This should not persist more than a few days and can easily be covered with makeup.

The results of these minimally-invasive treatments should be subtle, leaving your friends and family believing that you are simply looking your best and great for your age.
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Stockton Plastic Surgeon