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All About Injectables: Which is Right for You?

There are lots of reasons to use injectables: To relax facial folds and wrinkles like smile lines, contour concerns like a double chin and to help with the signs of facial fat loss by creating structure and volume to the lips and face, and more. 

But first, let’s break down injectables into two types: Neurotoxins and fillers.

Neurotoxins are proteins that are injected to help relax muscles that cause wrinkles when we make expressions. The results are the softening of wrinkles and fine lines. If you have visible wrinkles during dynamic muscle movement but few static lines, neurotoxins might be right for you. Also known as neuromodulators, these are used in specific areas like forehead lines, crow’s feet and frown lines between your eyebrows.  Lasting normally four months but potentially up to six months, neurotoxins are a popular option. Here are some of the most widely used neurotoxins:

*Botox: This is the original therapeutic and cosmetic neuromodulator and is approved for glabellar, forehead lines and crow’s feet. 

*Xeomin: Contains isolated toxins without the accessory protein that other brands contain but has similar results and is used for forehead or glabellar lines.

*Dysport: This is used mainly for treating glabellar lines between the eyebrows.

*Jeuveau: This newer neurotoxin is used for treating glabellar lines.

Facial fillers are gel-based and injected below the surface of the skin to help smooth out skin, restore volume, plump wrinkles and contour the natural lines of cheekbones and jawlines, as well as help improve the look of crepey skin. Made from hyaluronic acid, poly-L lactic acid or calcium hydroxyapatite, fillers are popular with patients who are concerned with aging skin or proactively staying ahead of the aging curve. The most requested fillers include:

*Restylane: This reversible hyaluronic acid filler has a few types of effective subsets including Silk for the lips and mouth, Kysse for lip enhancement, Refyne for severe facial wrinkles and Defyne for severe facial wrinkles and chin.

*Juvederm: This hyaluronic acid, reversible filler is a lubricating substance that occurs naturally in the body. Within the Juvederm family, there is Vollure XC approved for moderate to severe facial wrinkles, Juvederm Volume XC is for chin and cheeks and  Volbella XC and Ultra XC are for lips and surrounding lines.

*Sculptra: This poly-L lactic acid filler or synthetic compound promotes the formation of new collagen by the body and is perfect to treat shallow to deep facial wrinkles. More treatments are needed but the results are long lasting.

*Radiesse: Made of microspheres of calcium hydroxylapatite, found in teeth and bones, and volumizes facial wrinkles. 

The length of your results depends on the filler used. Hyaluronic acid fillers last generally six months to a year, calcium hydroxyapatite lasts nine months to a year, and poly-L lactic acid treatments, within a series, will give you results that can last up to two years. 

Call 646.362.5245 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jennifer Levine, one of the top 5% of injectors in the United States. A double-board certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Levine has a unique understanding of facial anatomy and how to achieve rejuvenating results that look natural.