As people age, the face naturally loses subcutaneous fat, which means facial muscles become nearer to the surface of the skin. When this happens, smile lines and dynamic wrinkles become more apparent.
When you make facial expressions, the muscles in your face make furrows in your skin. Collagen and elastin help those wrinkles smooth out when your facial expression changes. However, you lose collagen and elastin as you age, and those lines and wrinkles can begin to stick around.
Facial injectables and dermal fillers can provide dramatic results for those who want to smooth out crow’s feet, frown lines, the “angry 11s,” and the appearance of lines and wrinkles in general. They are also used to restore fullness and volume in the face.
There are various injectables and fillers available, and our team at Radiant Reflections Weight Loss Clinic & MedSpa will help you decide which one is best suited to meet your aesthetic goals.
What Do Facial Injectables and Fillers Do?
In addition to muscles being closer to the surface and a decrease in elastin and collagen, the skin also stretches a bit with age, adding to the loss of volume in the face. Other factors enhance this progression, like heredity, lifestyle, and sun exposure.
However, there are excellent dermal fillers and injectables on the market to combat these issues. Some of the most popular are Botox, Xeomin, Juvéderm, and Bellafill.
Together, these products create a powerhouse of anti-wrinkle solutions that produce long-lasting results. Some of the most common reasons people choose these injectables are to revitalize a more youthful appearance, and Botox can also be used to help treat migraines.
For the face, dermal injectables and fillers can:
- Decrease or eliminate shadows under the lower eyelids
- Plump lips that are overly thin
- Soften wrinkles and facial creases
- Smooth fine lines
- Enhance shallow facial contours
- Improve the appearance of scars
- Reconstruct contour deformities of the face
- Ease migraine headache pain
In general, these products can help diminish early signs of aging and add value to other facial rejuvenation procedures.
Botox cosmetic injectables contain an ingredient called botulinum toxin type A, which works beneath the surface of the skin to relax the facial muscles when a person creates facial expressions.
When Botox is injected into the muscles, they relax. This also relaxes the skin in that area. When the muscles relax and the skin doesn’t furrow, creases and wrinkles grow less visible.
Botox is also widely used to ease migraine pain and is FDA-approved for this use.
The active ingredient in Xeomin is the same as the one in Botox — botulinum toxin type A. Xeomin is very similar to Botox, except it does not contain proteins as Botox does.
This cosmetic injectable is an excellent choice for diminishing creases, wrinkles, and lines on the face, especially the lines between a person’s eyebrows. These wrinkles are sometimes referred to as the “angry 11s.”
Xeomin acts on nerve endings in the facial muscles and prevents them from contracting, resulting in the diminished appearance of creases between the eyebrows. It’s also effective in improving the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines, which are also known as glabellar lines.
A component produced by the skin that keeps it smooth and supple is hyaluronic acid. As time passes, the amount of hyaluronic acid in the skin decreases, leaving it more prone to active wrinkling and creasing. Juvéderm is an injectable that is designed to replace that hyaluronic acid to help people regain a more youthful appearance.
There are several different Juvéderm formulas with various strengths. This provides the opportunity for an extensively personalized and customized experience with Juvéderm.
Injectables in the Juvéderm line can plump the lips, restore a fuller contour to the face, and smooth the appearance of creases, fine lines, and facial wrinkles. Juvéderm is commonly used to improve the appearance of scars, as well.
Some of the areas of the face that can be treated with Juvéderm fillers and injectables include around the nose and mouth, along with the forehead.
Facial injectables like Bellafill are effective at creating and maintaining a more youthful appearance. This dermal filler is designed to produce results that are long-lasting. In fact, results from Bellafill can last for up to five years.
This dermal filler is the only one available that can stimulate the body’s production of collagen for such a long time, giving people freedom from more frequent treatments.
Bellafill has minuscule polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) spheres suspended within a collagen gel base. Once this dermal filler is injected, smile line depth is dramatically reduced. Over time, the body uses the collagen gel as a “foundation” on which it builds its own natural collagen to reduce wrinkles and add volume to lines and creases.
Are You a Good Candidate for Facial Injectables and Fillers?
Whether you are a good candidate for injectables and fillers depends on a few different things. If you are looking for results that go beyond the scope of what these products can provide, a more extensive treatment plan may best suit your needs.
However, if it’s determined that fillers and injectables can provide the results you’re looking for, you may be a good candidate if you are physically healthy, are committed to maintaining good skin health, and have realistic goals in mind about your appearance.
If you’re interested in learning more about what facial injectables and fillers in Hattiesburg, MS, can do for you, reach out to our team at Radiant Reflections Weight Loss Clinic & MedSpa and schedule a consultation today.