A number of skin enhancing injectables exist to improve your appearance – tightening skin, plumping lips, and more. Learn about the basics of injectables and see which options might be right for you.

Botulinum Toxin (often referred to as Botox)

Botox – Botulinum toxin (Type A) is a cosmetic injection that blocks the nerve signals that cause muscles to contract. This effect relaxes and smooths the look of lines and wrinkles caused by repetitive movements on the face – most commonly, between the brows, crows-feet around the eyes, and horizontal forehead creases. Botox is also used cosmetically to balance facial asymmetry and relax tight neck bands, as well as medically to reduce perspiration and to treat migraine headaches and muscle spasticity.

Is Botox Right for You?

Botox may be a good option for you if:

  • Deep lines between your eyes make you look tired, angry, sad, or upset.
  • Your facial expressions cause wrinkles in and around your eyes and forehead.
  • There is asymmetry in your eyebrows or face that can be corrected by relaxing a muscle.
  • You suffer from migraine headaches and botulinum toxin may provide relief from this condition.

Botox Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Botox injections are relatively painless and carry a low risk, with little-to-no downtime.
  • Can help you appear less angry and more approachable
  • Make subtle changes that give you a refreshed or well-rested look

Cons

  • Effects of Botox injections will only last three to six months
  • Risk of droopy eye or muscle if injected incorrectly
  • If area to be injected is sensitive, bruising may occur

These are a few of the pros and cons to weigh when considering Botox. If you wish to focus on what is unique to you, please consult with your aesthetic plastic surgeon in Nashville. TN.

Botox Injections – About the Procedure

Botox injections can usually be completed on the same day as the initial evaluation. They do not require hours to perform or days to recover. Once you and your Nashville, TN plastic surgeon have decided on an appropriate treatment, he or she will prepare you and the medication for the procedure. The injection site will be cleansed and will usually not require anesthesia prior to injection. The needles used are very short and thin, causing minimal pain. Depending on your specific concerns and condition, a number of Botox injections will be needed to achieve the desired result. Slight pain, short-lasting swelling, and minimal redness and bleeding will likely occur as a result of your procedure.

Fillers – Juvederm, Restylane & More

Fillers are a type of minimally invasive aesthetic medicine used to add volume, alter the contours of the face, and fill in wrinkles. Common areas to inject fillers are in the face, neck, and hands, resulting in a fuller, smoother and more youthful appearance. Dermal fillers are among the most popular aesthetic procedures because they carry immediate results, very few risks and little recovery time.

Fillers may be right for you:

  • If you have deep lines around the eyes, brow or mouth
  • If you would like to change the contours of your jaw or lips
  • If you are interested in a minimally invasive procedure

Types of Fillers

There are three main types of fillers: temporary, semi-permanent, and permanent. Here’s a bit more about each of these types.

Temporary Fillers

  • Collagen-Based Fillers: Collagen is a naturally occurring protein that adds strength and structure to the skin. Collagen was the first filler on the market, but the arrival of hyaluronic acid-based fillers like Juvederm and Restylane, has decreased its popularity.
  • Hyaluronic Acid-Based Fillers – Like collagen, hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance and primarily used to promote fullness and volume.
  • Calcium Hydroxylapatite: Heavier and denser than hyaluronic acid, this filler is injected deeper, underneath the skin, and does not usually cause immune or allergic responses because the material is usually found in bones.

Semi-Permanent Fillers

Longer-lasting dermal fillers typically contain thicker substances, such as the biodegradable synthetic filler known as poly-L-lactic acid. These types of soft tissue fillers are used to treat deeper facial lines, and though they offer semi-permanent results, it’s possible that you’ll need an occasional “touch up” several weeks after your initial injections.

Permanent Fillers

Permanent fillers are made of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), which are microspheres that are not absorbed by the body. The filler also contains collagen and is only recommended for thick-skin areas such as the nasolabial folds. It is not recommended for any areas around the eyes or for the lips.

Fat Transfer

A fat grafting procedure transfers fat from areas in which you have excess fat, such as the outer thighs, and injects it into areas that may be lacking in volume, such as your face, hands, breasts or buttocks. This safe, long-lasting, well-tolerated procedure produces natural-looking results. Every year, thousands of people undergo successful fat grafting and are pleased with the results.

You may be a good candidate for fat transfer if:

  • If you have facial areas that appear creased and sunken
  • If you desire more permanent correction than is provided by temporary fillers
  • If you wish to improve your body contour, revise scars, fill bodily depressions and rejuvenate your hands and face
  • For use in breast reconstruction, to fill in contour irregularities or hide obvious signs of breast implants