People have tried to outsmart aging for hundreds of years. From Ponce de Leon to that Nazi sympathizer dude in Indiana Jones, everyone wants the secret to stop aging. Uh, good luck. Of course, the main casualty in that ongoing battle with time is your skin. The body’s largest organ, your skin is on the front line, dealing with sun and environmental damage, along with the effects of natural aging.
Injectables are a rapidly increasing area in the ongoing fight against facial skin aging. Whether muscle relaxers like Botox or hyaluric acid fillers like Juvederm, there are many to choose from, with more coming out all the time. Our patients can be confused by some of the names and what they do. While everyone on the planet (except maybe someone living in the wilds of New Guinea) has heard of Botox, other injectables aren’t as famous.
No matter how they do it, every injectable has the same goal, to turn back the clock on the signs of facial aging. Botox is a neuromodulator. It targets wrinkles that are formed by muscle contractions when we perform common behaviors such as frowning or squinting. This type of wrinkle is called a dynamic wrinkle. When Botox is injected into the muscle it causes the muscle to relax and not contract for a period of four to six months. By stopping their contractions, the wrinkles they form also go away.
The other dermal fillers go about it differently. As their name implies, these injectables fill in the crease or wrinkle and plump the skin. Some also encourage the production of new collagen in the area. Fillers are injected beneath the wrinkle and basically push the skin back up, erasing the wrinkle. The fillers target the other kind of wrinkle, static wrinkles. Static wrinkles are those wrinkles that show themselves at all times, such as nasolabial folds.
Two popular fillers at Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Botox is the king of all injectables at our practice and every other. But here are two popular fillers and their characteristics.
Restylane® — Restylane is made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body that is responsible for plumping the skin. Hyaluronic acid plumps the skin by binding with water molecules beneath the skin surface. This makes the surface skin smoother. Restylane is very effective at improving wrinkles and creases around the mouth and lips, as well as those under the eyes. It is best on areas with thinner skin.
Juvederm® — Juvederm is also a hyaluronic acid-based filler. Juvederm restores volume and addresses deeper wrinkles, especially those around the mouth and nose and on the forehead. There are three types of Juvederm: Juvederm XC, Juvederm Voluma XC, and Juvederm Ultra Plus. Each has different characteristics that target different issues such as volume vs. wrinkles.
Interested in non-surgical answers to your facial aging? Call Aesthetic Plastic Surgery at 302-656-0214 and let’s talk about injectables.