Summary: Do injectables get rid of wrinkles? Are they powerful enough to do that? Injectables are never going to be quite as effective as surgery–as a facelift, for example. But there are some kinds of wrinkles that injectables can effectively eliminate (or at least mitigate). Which injectable is right for your is going to depend on the origin of your wrinkles. Not all wrinkles are created equally.
Do Injectables Get Rid of Wrinkles for Good?
Wrinkles are one of those signs of aging that are both undeniable and difficult to obscure. What about injectables? Do injectables get rid of wrinkles? You’ve probably heard a lot about injectables and their ability to make your face appear much younger than it actually is. Injectables can actually do this in a few different ways.
It’s worth noting that injectables tend to target wrinkles because, well, wrinkles are one of those signs of aging that can develop in several different ways. That is, all wrinkles are not created equal.
Knowing what creates which wrinkles–and how to treat those wrinkles in each case–is key if your injectables treatments are going to reach their full potential. It’s also important to have a vague idea about how the face actually ages. This advice, of course, isn’t meant to replace any genuine medical advice you might receive. You should speak to a medical professional at your cosmetic surgery clinic or medical spa if you’re interested in any injectable treatments at all.
How Does the Face Age?
The trick to finding the right injectable treatment (and there are numerous options) is to make sure you ask the right questions. The first such question is simple: how does the face age? How do each of these signs of aging start to develop?
Well, we can take wrinkles as an example. There are two basic ways that wrinkles can form on your face:
- Excess skin: In some cases, gravity can slowly pull on your facial tissue. As your body loses elastin (the compound that helps it bounce back when stretched), this excess skin can become permanent. With more skin and the same surface to cover, your skin gets bunched up–causing wrinkles and lines (not to mention other possible issues).
- Muscle movement: Your skin is attached to facial muscles, of course. And when you use some of those muscles, that skin contracts. As you age, some of those muscles get “stuck” in a contracted position. And when they do, the skin becomes stuck as well. This is what happens with those so-called “concentration lines” or “frown lines.”
Of course, we’re simplifying things here–and we’re simplifying quite a bit. But you get the idea. These two signs of aging require two different approaches to treat.
How to Treat Face Wrinkles
So, you have a few options in how to treat these wrinkles of the face. Surgically, a facelift is designed to treat essentially all signs of aging. But when it comes to injectables, there’s not really a one-size-fits-all solution.
But there are a significant number of options. And these options mean that you’ll be able to select the injectable type (or types) that will give you the best possible end results.
- To treat muscle-related wrinkles you’re usually going to want to go with Botox injections. Botox is a neuromodulator–which might sound scary, but don’t worry. Botox is only potent enough (and given in small enough doses) to affect muscles on a very small scale. If you want to get rid of frown lines, crow’s feet, or concentration lines, Botox may be your best bet.
- Lines created by excess skin can usually be treated by dermal filler injections. This doesn’t eliminate any excess skin, of course, but it does change the skin-to-surface area ratio by increasing the amount of volume beneath your skin. There are also other compounds in dermal fillers that help rejuvenate your skin (this is what can help make your skin glow after treatments). Dermal fillers come in a wide variety of brands and configurations–meaning it’s likely you’ll find the right one for you.
Whether you end up going with a Botox injection or with dermal filler injections, it’s important to note that most injectables will not make permanent changes to your body. Results from Botox, for example, will typically last for roughly six months or so. Results from dermal fillers may last anywhere between 12-18 months.
But you should expect a temporary set of results. If you like those results, of course, you can always undergo regular maintenance injections to keep those results. If you want to know more about how injectables might get rid of wrinkles–or get rid of your wrinkles, specifically–you should contact a local cosmetic surgeon or medical spa for an individualized consultation.
About the Author: Dan Voltz is a content specialist who has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for over four years. He’s constantly in communication with plastic and cosmetic surgeons in order to keep up to date on the latest trends in the field.