Today there are many affordable and effective cosmetic procedures and dermatologic treatments that do not require surgery and are able to produce results previously possible only with plastic surgery. One popular category of skin care treatments are injectable wrinkle correctors. These are injectable solutions that can eliminate the appearance of smile and frown lines and help you look years younger.
There are two main types of injectable wrinkle correctors used by dermatologists: neurotoxins (toxins) and dermal fillers. Neurotoxins, such as Botox, are used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the muscles which are contracting and forming the wrinkles. These types of treatments typically last several months to a year.
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Botox can visibly remove signs of aging by ridding a person of wrinkles - and Botox treatments can last up to six months. Botox is administered as a small injection directly into the problem areas on the face. A fine needle is used and no anesthesia is required. It works by blocking the nerves so muscles cannot contract.
Once Botox is injected it starts working right away. Common areas treated with Botox include worry lines in the forehead, laugh and smile lines. Many patients choose to repeat the procedure four to six months later, as the effects start to wear off. Over time, the areas treated with Botox may have less wrinkles because the muscles relax on their own.
The other type of injectable is dermal fillers, where the patient receives an injection under the surface of the skin delivering volume which expands the skin, smoothing out the wrinkle or fold.
There are several types of chemical compounds found in dermal fillers, such as collagen with polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), calcium hydroxylapatite, hyaluronic acid (HA), and poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). PMMA has been clinically proven to provide long-lasting wrinkle correction and is found in Artefill, one of the most popular and effective dermal fillers now available for patients.
Dermal fillers have been tested and approved by the FDA as safe and effective treatments to reduce and eliminate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and other signs of aging. The procedures take approximately a half hour in a doctor's office and are relatively painless. Patients are often given a local anesthetic to remove any potential discomfort.
Many patients who undergo dermal fillers find that results can last up to a year or more. Please speak to an experienced, board-certified dermatologist to learn more about dermal fillers and find out whether they are right for you.