The term injectables refers to a variety of nonsurgical aesthetic procedures that are administered beneath the skin via small injections, including neurotoxins, dermal fillers, and lipotropics. They are commonly used to smooth wrinkles, fill-in lines, restore volume, enhance facial features, dissolve fat, and improve facial contours.
Continue reading to learn about the different categories of injectables, including how they work, treatment benefits, and what concerns they can address.
Types of Injectables
Neurotoxins are comprised of botulinum toxin type A and designed to smooth moderate to severe wrinkles. Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveau are 4 FDA-approved neurotoxins available in the U.S. market.
When injected into targeted muscles, these products block communication between nerves and muscles. This produces a temporary paralytic effect and limits muscle contraction, causing wrinkles and lines to relax for 3-4 months.
Neurotoxin injectables are often used to treat dynamic wrinkles such as horizontal forehead lines, frown lines between eyebrows, and crow’s feet.
Dermal fillers are another class of injectables and used to restore volume, contour cheeks, plump lips, fill-in hollows, correct facial lines and folds, and rejuvenate hands.
Juvederm, Restylane, and Belotero are three of the most popular hyaluronic acid fillers. Upon injection, they readily attract and hold moisture for instant plumping and hydrating effects.
Radiesse (calcium hydroxylapatite) and Sculptra (poly-L-lactic acid) are two well-known collagen stimulating dermal fillers.
When injected into soft tissue, they produce an inflammatory response that causes collagen to grow around the injected product. As a result, they reinforce the skin’s foundation and provide long-lasting results (1-2 years).
Kybella is an FDA-approved cosmetic injectable designed to dissolve localized fat pockets and eliminate a double chin.
Comprised of a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, Kybella is administered as series of injections under the chin, causing fat cells to burst and die.
In the coming weeks, destroyed fat cells are gradually cleared from the body via the lymphatic system to reveal a slimmer neck and more defined jawline.
Patients typically need a series of Kybella injections to achieve optimal outcomes.
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