As the name suggests injectables are cosmetic treatments that are administered by injection. These procedures range from medications like Botox to dermal fillers like Juvederm and Radiese. Whether you are looking for a way to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles or enhance facial contours, there is an injectable treatment that can give you the results you are looking for.

Types of Injectables

There are a number of injectable cosmetic treatments to choose from at Missouri Vein Specialists including:

Botox has been on the market for a number of years and continues to be one of the most popular cosmetic treatments on the market today. This procedure uses small concentrations of botulinum toxin A to relax facial muscles that lead to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Botox injections typically work for 4-6 months before touch up treatments are needed.

Juvederm is a dermal filler containing hyaluronic acid. These injectables work differently than Botox, adding volume to the underlying skin layers to smooth and plump from the inside out. These injections can also be used to round out facial contours, particularly in the cheeks and chin. Fillers are also recommended to enhance lip volume for a fuller sexier look. Results with Juvederm may last up to one year before touch-up treatments are required.

Radiesse is another popular filler consisting of a water-based gel containing calcium-based microspheres. These microspheres work in similar fashion to the hyaluronic acid in Juvederm, adding lost volume in the skin fibers within the dermis. Radiesse can also be used to smooth out facial lines and replace volume in the cheeks and lips. Results of Radiesse last at least one year in the majority of patients.

Belotero® This hyaluronic-acid filler is used to treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. The different between this product and other fills is that it is designed to help treat superficial lines and wrinkles that are closer to the surface of the skin. Belotero lasts 6-12 months on average. It is especially useful to treat wrinkles around the eyes and mouth where the skin is thin.

How it works

Injectables are performed as an outpatient procedure. Procedures take just a few minutes to complete, depending on the number of treatment area to address. Many injectable treatments include lidocaine in the solution today, so topical anesthetic may not be required.

Injectable treatments involve little discomfort or downtime afterward. Patients are able to return to regular activities immediately after treatment. Minor swelling and bruising at the injection sites usually subsides on its own within a few days.

Results You can Expect

Results of injectables are usually evident right away and continue to improve over the next few days and weeks. These results are not permanent, so touch-up treatments will be required to maintain positive results. The amount of time between treatments will depend on the injectable used.