Summary: What are my injectable options these days? Because my options seem, well, pretty limitless. Of course, there are limits. But it doesn’t feel that way, and that can be pretty… intimidating. It’s hard to know which injectable you should choose when you’ve got so many to pick from. That’s why consulting with your plastic surgeon is so very important.
What Are My Modern Injectable Options?
Injectables have a habit of innovating. They’re relatively low-risk procedures, so surgeons are always looking for new ways to use injectables. That can mean added benefits for patients in a wide variety of ways–the non surgical nose job comes to mind as one such innovation. Since its introduction, the non surgical rhinoplasty procedure has soared in popularity–and is a favorite alternative to surgical options.
The downside is that it can fairly quickly become challenging for patients to keep track of all their injectable options. And therefore, it’s hard to know which injections you should spend your time researching.
You might find yourself thinking: what are my injectable options these days? Where do I even start? And it’s okay to think that–it’s also quite all right to lean on your cosmetic surgeon for help. All of your decisions regarding injectables should be made in consultation with your surgeon (after all, injectables do carry with them inherent risks, just as any medical procedure does). This article is not intended to replace or replicate any medical advice; that advice should come solely from your surgeon. We’re just here for entertainment purposes.
Want to Get Rid of Wrinkles?
So, you want to get rid of wrinkles. What type of injectable should you use for that? Well, you’ve got two basic options: Botox or a dermal filler of some kind. Which one is best really does depend on the type of wrinkle you’re having to contend with.
- Wrinkles caused by muscle contraction: Believe it or not, some wrinkles on your face are actually caused by the muscles beneath the skin. This happens over time and with repeated use. The muscle gets “stuck” in a contracted position, trapping the skin into a wrinkle. Common examples are smile and frown lines around the mouth or concentration lines around the eyes. For this type of wrinkle, Botox is typically able to provide smoother skin. Botox works by temporarily interfering with the signals between your brain and that tiny muscle, forcing the muscle to relax and–therefore–for your skin to get a little smoother. Botox is temporary and typically lasts anywhere between 3-6 months, depending on the patient.
- Wrinkles caused by loss of volume: The other common type of wrinkle is the kind caused by a change in the volume-to-surface-area ratio of your face. As you age, you tend to gain more skin. (Your skin stretches out, thanks to gravity.) This can cause wrinkles because you don’t have enough volume beneath the skin to make it look nice and smooth and youthful. Dermal filler injections are designed to help you refill this volume, smoothing out the skin (they also, in many cases, promote the release of collagen, which can make your skin appear healthier). So, dermal filler injections are great for wrinkles around your face caused by this lack of volume (the nasolabial folds are a common target). Dermal fillers will typically last between 12-24 months, depending on the brand (and there are many brands of dermal fillers–it can be really difficult to keep track of all of that, too).
Of course, this is not a comprehensive guide to injectables and wrinkle mitigation. Instead, this is just the start.
Injectables for Other Uses
But we have to move on because getting rid of wrinkles isn’t the only use for injectables anymore. Of course, that used to be the case. In the past, injectables were quite limited. But now, there are so many options.
For example, if you want to eliminate fat from around your jawline, there’s an injectable for that. Going by the name Kybella, this injectable was formulated specifically to “melt” fat where it’s injected. You can go in, get your injections and, six months later or so, have a sleeker, more athletic jawline.
The results of this injectable are effectively permanent. And while it’s only currently FDA approved for treatment around the jawline, it’s easy to see why this particular injectable skyrocketed to popularity.
The Right Injectable for You
So… there are a lot of options. The hardest part just might be finding the right injectable for you. Sometimes the best way to do that is to start with your desired final result–start with how you want to look once the procedure is over–and then figure out which injectable will be your best option.
After that, it’s all about the consultation between you and your plastic surgeon.
About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about cosmetic and plastic surgery for over four years. He’s constantly in communication with surgeons to ensure he has the latest and most up to date information possible.