Restore Youthfulness with Anti-Aging Injectables

Woman with smooth skin from anit-aging injectables

Restore Youthfulness with Anti-Aging Injectables

Growing older brings with it many beautiful things like wisdom, parenthood, memorable experiences, self-confidence, and so much more. However, it also brings wrinkles and gray hair. While aging with grace sounds good in theory, so does getting rid of wrinkles with cosmetic anti-aging injectables.

Two popular classes of injectables are neurotoxins and dermal fillers. In this post, we’ll discuss what they are, how they work, and which wrinkles they can smooth. Regaining your youth is possible with a quick visit to your dermatologist.

 

What Causes Wrinkles?

A natural decline in collagen production as we age is responsible for many wrinkles. Collagen is a protein building block that, among many other things, is responsible for the smooth, full appearance of young skin. Many anti-aging treatments seek to increase collagen production to make wrinkles appear smoother.

Repeated facial movements like smiling, frowning, and even chewing can also create wrinkles over time. Lifestyle and environmental factors like smoking and pollution contribute to wrinkles as well.

A significant source of premature aging, especially in people with fair skin, is sun exposure. The UV rays from the sun damage skin and destroy collagen. People who spend a lot of time in the sun without adequate sun protection typically wrinkle more than people who experience less sun damage throughout their lives.

 

Anti-Aging Injectables: Neurotoxins

There are several different types of neurotoxin injectables on the market, including Botox®, Dysport®, and Xeomin®. Neurotoxins are all a type of botulinum toxin type A, a purified injectable derived from bacteria. A practitioner injects a neurotoxin into a muscle, which then blocks nerve signals to prevent movement in that spot.

Neurotoxins are a great option for wrinkles caused by repeated movement. When they stop the muscle from moving like usual, the wrinkle smooths out. If you are bothered by forehead lines, crow’s feet, glabellar lines (also called “11’s”), or wrinkles around the lips, a neurotoxin may be a suitable treatment.

 

Preparing for Your Appointment

Begin your injectable process with a dermatological consultation so you can ask questions. You may want to ask about the different types of injectables to determine which would work best in your problem area. You should also ask about the practitioner’s training and experience.

Neurotoxins are a widely used product because, generally, the injections are very safe. However, interested individuals should see a board-certified dermatologist for injections. There are 43 muscles in the face, so practitioners need to have an in-depth understanding of facial anatomy. Improperly injected neurotoxins can spread and lead to drooping brows or eyelids (called “ptosis”). Experienced injectors who understand facial anatomy can prevent this adverse effect.

 

What to Expect at Your Appointment and Beyond

If you and your dermatologist decide that an injectable like Botox® is a good treatment, you will need only a brief appointment to fade your wrinkles. Appointments are usually quick but vary based on the number of injection sites, which is determined by the severity of your wrinkles and your goal outcome.

There is no downtime after your procedure, but it may take one to two weeks for you to begin to see a correction.

It’s very important that you do not rub or massage your neurotoxin injection sites. Doing so could cause the botulinum toxin to migrate to other areas of your face, which in some cases can lead to muscle weakness and facial drooping.

Results can last for three to four months for the average person. As your body metabolizes the neurotoxin, you’ll gradually regain muscle movement in your face, and your wrinkles will return.

 

Anti-Aging Injectables: Dermal Fillers

There are several types of dermal fillers on the market, including Radiesse®, Juvederm®, and Sculptra®. Injectable fillers are fluids that vary in viscosity and chemical composition. When a practitioner injects them under a patient’s skin, they add volume and fullness to the face to diminish the appearance of wrinkles.

Fillers vary in their “softness” and how long they last. “Sturdier” fillers typically last longer than “soft” fillers and are well-suited for adding volume to deep wrinkles. You can also have them placed in areas like the cheekbones to sculpt your face. Soft fillers don’t last as long and are well-suited for applications like plumping the lips.

Fillers are a great option for wrinkles caused by collagen loss. They can be used to restore volume and enhance facial contours.

 

Preparing for Your Appointment

Come to your dermatological consultation with questions. Choosing a medically trained professional is just as important for dermal filler injections as it is for neurotoxin injections. Practitioners must have an in-depth understanding of facial anatomy to achieve symmetrical results and avoid adverse effects.

A board-certified dermatologist will be able to assist you in picking the right dermal filler based on your goals and your problem areas. Hyaluronic acid fillers are a very popular, non-permanent option, but there are several other types of fillers from which you can choose.

 

What to Expect at Your Appointment and Beyond

If you and your dermatologist decide that a dermal filler is the right treatment to meet your goals, you’ll only need a brief appointment to reduce your wrinkles dramatically. Appointments are usually brief but vary based on the number of injection sites, which is determined by the severity of your wrinkles and your goal outcome.

There is no downtime after your procedure, but you may experience some swelling and tenderness near the injection sites for a day or two. Unlike neurotoxin injections, you’ll see results from dermal fillers as soon as you leave your appointment.

Fillers vary in how long they last based on their “softness,” and they’re also affected by how quickly an individual metabolizes them. Softer fillers last for around six months, while sturdier injectables can last two years or more.

 

Wrinkle Prevention Starts with Good Skincare

Depending on your desired outcome and results from cosmetic injectables, you may also pursue additional treatments. Chemical peels, laser treatments, dermal fillers, and microneedling can all contribute to smooth skin. However, you should always consult your dermatologist before undergoing any additional treatments.

Keep in mind that the best thing you can do for your skin, starting now, is to put in place a good skincare routine. It can be basic or elaborate, as long as you commit to following it. Drinking plenty of water, getting enough rest, and staying active can also improve the appearance of your skin.

If you have questions about anti-aging injectables or you feel ready to recapture your youth, schedule a consultation at Cumberland Dermatology today.

Cumberland Skin Surgery and Dermatology provides effective, compassionate general dermatology, skin cancer surgery and cosmetic dermatology solutions for our patients throughout the Southeast. With offices in Hermitage, Lebanon, Brentwood and Hendersonville, Tennessee, we’re your destination for high-caliber skincare. Visit our website at cumberlandskin.com or give us a call today at 615-257-7128.