Also known as injectable cosmetic fillers or injectable facial fillers, injectables are soft tissue fillers injected right into the skin to smooth out lines and wrinkles that appear as we age. Fillers can be applied to treat a number of problem areas on the face, including forehead lines and wrinkles, crow’s feet or fine lines in the eye corners, nose and mouth creases, as well as correct loss of volume in the face and lips. Results are typically long-lasting: up to six months after a treatment. However, these are not permanent since fillers are eventually absorbed by the body after some time.
With over six million Botox treatments administered per year, Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments around. This injectable relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkles and frown lines by temporarily paralyzing them and making them less stiff. Effects from using Botox can last for three to six months before muscle action gradually returns and the wrinkles and lines will need re-treatment.
Xeomin injections are used to fill in moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows, also known as glabellar lines. It is manufactured by Merz Pharmaceuticals and produces wrinkle-smoothing results that are visible within a single week and typically last up to six months.
Radiesse is an injectable filler made out of calcium hydroxyapatite microspheres combined with a special aqueous gel. This product is best used around the mouth to restore cheek fullness and minimize the appearance of blemishes on the face. Radiesse injections can last for up to a year before the material dissolves in the tissues naturally.
Juvederm is made out of hyaluronic acid, which can be found naturally occurring in the body as well as several skincare products. As an injectable filler, it can be used to provide volume as its molecules retain water, thereby leading to reduced appearance of lines and facial folds. Treatments can last for six months up to a year depending on the client’s age and lifestyle.
Belotero, like Juvederm, is also made out of hyaluronic acid, though it is highly concentrated. It is best used for moderate to severe wrinkles and facial creases. The softer gel makes it easier to inject, and the treatment typically lasts longer than Juvederm.