What are Injectables?
As we age, the major structural aspects of the face change. The foundations of bone, muscle, fat, and skin all lose volume over time, which contributes to the visible signs of aging. Over time, the loss of bone volume can lead to jawline retraction and dark circles under the eyes. The cheekbones seem to descend, as well, due to the loss of bone and fatty tissue. These underlying changes coincide with the decline of collagen and elastin in the skin, which leads to looseness and sagging. Injectable treatments can help these concerns and other familiar signs of aging.
Injectable treatments have become a popular approach for facial rejuvenation and enhancement. Wrinkle-reducing products are classified as neuromodulators and dermal fillers. Wrinkle-reducers smooth dynamic wrinkles such as frown lines and crow’s feet. Dermal fillers are also used to soften the appearance of lines. However, these products can also:
- Add volume and definition to thin lips
- Enhance shallow facial contours
- Decrease or remove dark circles and bags under the eyes
- Reshape the nose
- Improve the appearance of recessed scars
Other injectables smooth lines while also stimulating collagen remodeling for longer-lasting effects. We offer a wide range of injectable treatments in our Mount Pleasant facility, including:
- Neuromodulators including Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin
- Dermal Fillers including Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, Sculptra, and Belotero
- Kybella, an injectable developed for the correction of submental fullness
- Platelet-Rich Fibrin Matrix, an injectable created with cells from the patient’s blood for placement in the subdermal tissue.
What Are The Benefits Of Injectables?
Am I A Candidate For Injectables?
Adults who are in good physical health and have realistic expectations of what injectables can achieve are typically excellent candidates for treatment. The purpose of treatment is to rejuvenate or enhance parts of the face to improve symmetry, smoothness, and the natural appearance of youthfulness. In some cases, such as a lack of optimal skin elasticity or a desire to improve skin texture, a patient may be a better candidate for surgery or other cosmetic modalities.
How Are Injectables Performed?
Are Injectables Safe?
The injectable treatments that are commonly performed today have all been approved by the FDA following years of ongoing testing. Many of the products that are used in the U.S. had been used for many years in other countries before gaining FDA approval here. We can identify the safety of these products based on their long-term use with few reportable cases.
In general, the risks associated with injectable treatments are limited to transient bruising, swelling, and redness. Some patients experience temporary tenderness at injection sites.
The safety of dermal fillers is expected due to the biocompatibility of ingredients and the skin. Many fillers use hyaluronic acid to plump superficial tissue. Hyaluronic acid is already present in the body so it is well-received without adverse or allergic reaction.
Neuromodulators introduce minute amounts of purified botulinum toxin into muscles in the face or neck. These products, as well, pose very little risk. Although the reaction achieved does relate to the effect of a mild toxin, these products are purified and made with the minimum amount of active ingredient. Side effects of neuromodulators are usually no different than those associated with dermal fillers. However, some patients do experience a minor headache from their treatment.
The products used by board-certified injectable providers are purchased directly from pharmaceutical companies. The FDA warns consumers against purchasing injectables online or from an untrained, uncertified provider.
Are Injectables Painful?
Injectable treatments are well-tolerated by patients for two reasons. One, injections are administered using a tiny needle or cannula. Two, some products include a mild anesthetic in their formulation to further improve comfort during the short procedural process. In cases where multiple injections are administered, a topical anesthetic is applied to numb the skin before treatment begins.
How Long Do Injectables Take?
The average injectable treatment takes 15 to 20 minutes. When a consultation is arranged to discuss new concerns, patients may be in the office for approximately 45 minutes. Additional time may be incurred for procedures such as Kybella, or platelet-rich plasma injections.
What Is The Recovery Time From Injectables?
Patients may resume most activities immediately following their injectable treatment. Providers may advise against strenuous activities, exercise, and hot activities such as using a hot tub or sauna for 24 to 48 hours. This is because an increase in body heat, heart rate, and blood pressure makes it more likely that swelling, and bruising may occur.