Beyond Botox: An Introduction To The Wonderful World Of Cosmetic Injectables

Injectable dermal fillers can rejuvenate your face in just minutes by addressing one of the key visible signs of aging: skin volume loss. The cheeks, chin, and lips are just a few parts of the face highly responsive to volume loss. By targeting these areas, you could look years younger in just a few treatments.
You have probably heard about Botox, usually thought of as the most popular cosmetic treatment in America. Botox is an injectable that temporarily paralyzes small muscles of the face. The micro-movements of these muscles are responsible for many types of wrinkles.

Here’s why Botox is so popular:

  • Its effects last a relatively long time – usually about four months per treatment.
  • It helps with wrinkles around the eyes and forehead few other treatments can resolve.
  • It has a variety of FDA-approved uses, including for hyperhidrosis and migraine.
  • It’s been around a long time – more people have had the chance to talk about it!

Botox is an amazing treatment, but it’s only the beginning. It’s important to remember that there’s a whole host of injectable cosmetic treatments out there that could meet your needs. No matter if you’re nearing 40 or passing 60, injectables are safe and effective.

Meet the Other Injectables: Juvederm and Restylane
At Florida Center for Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. DeMercurio has worked hard to craft a complete suite of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments for you to enjoy. The more options you have, the easier it is to find the perfect combination to meet your needs.

Juvederm and Restylane are two valuable pieces of the puzzle:

Juvederm – Including Juvederm HC, Voluma, Volbella, and Vollure
The most potent active ingredient in Juvederm is hyaluronic acid (HA). Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that helps give skin its elasticity.

Fillers made from HA are usually soft and gel-like. They are suspended in a special material so the active ingredient is metabolized slowly, sustaining the effect. Although results are temporary, HA products can last anywhere from 6-12 months.

If you’re happy with your results, a follow-up treatment can extend them. Most HA products have lidocaine, an anesthetic that reduces discomfort, so treatment is quick and easy.

Juvederm is especially good for softening nasolabial folds, smoothing under eyes, enhancing the cheeks, plumping lips, and smoothing vertical lip lines. It is also one of the few injectable cosmetic treatments that produces strong, long-lasting results with acne scarring.

Restylane – Including Restylane Silk, Lyft, Refyne, and Defyne
Like Juvederm, Restylane is based on hyaluronic acid. Although the underlying ideas are similar, the products are not the same. Since they are formulated differently, they are best used in different areas: Restylane is less smooth and produces a fuller effect.

That makes it ideal for areas under eyes. It is also great if you need to add fullness to cheeks with a gaunt or sunken look. Although not best for correcting fine lines, Restylane is more versatile and requires a cosmetic surgeon who truly understands it as a material.

Restylane is very useful for smoothing under the eyes, lifting and accentuating the cheeks, smoothing out the smile and frown lines around the mouth, softening nasolabial folds, smoothing vertical lip lines, and filling out chin wrinkles.

A personalized consultation with Dr. DeMercurio will help you choose the right injectable treatment for you. Contact us today to get started.