Cosmetic injectables are capable of doing more and more, as the range of effective products and minimally invasive techniques for patients seeking to reverse the signs of facial aging are growing. But injectables are also an art. The use of different fillers to correct different issues, takes a trained, qualified eye to get the best, most natural results. Two of those injectables are neuromodulators and dermal fillers.
To make it simple, think Botox. A neuromodulator, is a natural, purified protein given in very low doses to reduce the contractions of the muscles that cause wrinkles. As we age, these muscles have a tendency to stay contracted, causing us to look sad, mad, worried, or tired.
Neuromodulators are most commonly used for wrinkles on the forehead and for the frown lines between the eyebrows. They are also great for the crow’s feet, bunny lines (the little crinkles on the nose), and to lift or even out your brows. There are additional specialty areas that can be treated such as the underarms for hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) or the jawline (to slim or for grinding and clenching).
The injections are quick, and a tiny needle is used so that there is minimal to no discomfort. The effects begin to appear in a few days and last several months. Given over time, you can actually reverse the signs of aging and improve the appearance of facial wrinkles.
Dermal fillers are used for facial rejuvenation by restoring volume loss for a more youthful look. Dermal fillers soften the signs of aging by smoothing lines and wrinkles, subtly lifting, and enhancing contours. It is a quick, safe, non-invasive procedure at a fraction of the cost of a facelift. And unlike a facelift, dermal fillers don’t require taking time off work. Anesthetic is used to reduce procedure discomfort and results are immediate.
Dermal fillers can address multiple concerns and can even be used in conjunction with Botox or Dysport for a longer lasting result.
Overall they can:
- restore volume loss to cheeks
- plump thin or wrinkled lips
- smooth upper lip wrinkles
- soften facial creases such as the nasolabial folds (where the upper lip and cheek meet) and marionette lines (vertical lines that run from the lip to the bottom of the chin)
- contour the chin and jawline
- lift the corners of a downturned mouth
- fill recessed scars
Which Is Right For You?
Your provider will determine that, based on a thorough analysis of your face and skin. It might be a neuromodulator. It might be dermal fillers. Often, however, both treatments will be used in conjunction to give you the best, most natural, and longest-lasting results.