Injectables are cosmetic products that can be injected into the tissues to help reduce or eliminate signs of aging, including lines and wrinkles, as well as plump up the skin in areas where skin has begun to appear saggy or loose. Injectables can also be used to add volume in the face and lips.
BOTOX® is used to treat dynamic lines and wrinkles, most commonly around the eyes and forehead, that develop as a result of facial movements and expressions. These lines and wrinkles form when nerve signals from the brain “tell” the facial muscles to contract, tugging on the skin and forming creases and lines. Over time, lines and wrinkles can become deeper, creating deep troughs that are always present. BOTOX® is a neuromuscular agent, and it works by blocking the signal pathways between the brain and the facial muscles, preventing the formation of lines and creases. BOTOX® injections use very fine needles to minimize discomfort, and treatments last about four months. As lines soften with repeated treatment, the time between treatments can sometimes be extended.
Cosmetic fillers are used to treat so-called static wrinkles that form as a result of aging, sun damage, genetics and other issues, and not as a direct result of facial motion. Fillers can be used to address wrinkles around the nose, mouth, and chin, and they can also be used to add volume to the cheeks and lips to create plumpness and restore a more youthful appearance.
Any discomfort associated with injectables is minimal. BOTOX® needles are very fine, much thinner than those used for vaccines, so discomfort is minimized. Before filler application, an anesthetic can be used to numb the skin and lessen discomfort. Following treatments, there may be some minor redness, swelling or bruising near the injections sites, but these effects will resolve quickly.