What are Injectables? Everything You Need to Know
Plastic surgery is in decline. It seems like every year, a new study comes out stating how the percentage of these procedures keeps dropping.
Injectables are an excellent alternative to permanent plastic surgery. More and more people prefer a temporary to their appearance. Injectables are also a less invasive option with virtually no downtime.
What are injectables, though? What substances do they contain? Keep reading below to find out.
What Are Injectables?
Injectables are a cosmetic treatment designed to reduce the signs of aging and improve the appearance of the skin. They can treat wrinkles, fine lines, scars, frown lines, and facial asymmetry. They are temporary treatments that usually don’t last more than one year as the substances are absorbed into the body.
There are several types of injectables available on the market. The most popular types include Neurotoxins (or neuromodulators), dermal fillers, and platelet-rich plasma. Some additional options for injectables are B12 injections and PDO threads.
Neurotoxin treatments are proteins injected directly into fine lines and wrinkles to paralyze the muscles and relax the face. This prevents more wrinkles from forming. They can last between three to six months.
Neurotoxin treatments are generally referred to by their brand name, and the most well-known ones include Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveau. Of these, Xeomin is our Neurotoxin of choice! Why? So many reasons. Xeomin is an injectable neuromodulator that is used to temporarily alter the nerve impulses of targeted muscles, therefore reducing or eliminating contraction-induced wrinkles. This treatment is recommended every three months to prevent fine lines and wrinkles from forming on the face. Xeomin works by blocking the release of neurotransmitters, which signals the muscles to contract.
This results in a temporary reduction in muscle activity, which can help to smooth out wrinkles and give the face a more youthful appearance. Xeomin is ideal for treating crow’s feet, forehead lines, and other dynamic wrinkles.
Dermal fillers use natural or artificial substances to plump the face, smooth out the skin, and give the face a more overall youthful appearance. They can even be used to change facial contours to enhance specific facial features like cheekbones.
As the face ages, collagen breaks down and the face gets slimmer. This wears on the skin, contributing to wrinkles and a more hollow look. Maintenance filler from a young age can reduce how quickly facial collagen breaks down.
Types of dermal fillers include hyaluronic acid, polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), or calcium hydroxyapatite. Most types of filler last between six to twelve months.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatments
Platelet-rich plasma treatments are not just cosmetic but can be used for medical treatments as well. It is a type of regenerative medicine that uses substances from your own body to heal tissue.
Blood contains both liquids and solids. The liquid part, also known as plasma, contains water, proteins, and salts. The solid part contains red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
This process involves drawing the patient’s blood, putting it in a centrifuge to concentrate the platelets, and then injecting the platelets directly into the area being treated.
Making an Appointment
What are injectables? They are a great alternative to expensive, invasive, and permanent cosmetic surgery. No down time, almost immediate results, all done by medical professionals? Yes!
To make an appointment for a consultation and treatment, contact our spa by email or phone call.