Injectables Beverly Hills
Today’s array of injectables can help erase fine lines and wrinkles, plump up sunken cheeks and fill in folds and each works a different way. Some paralyze the muscles that cause wrinkles. Others, known as soft tissue or dermal fillers, add volume to the skin and fill in wrinkles, folds, scars and other depressions.
There are some indications that injectables can’t help with. They can’t repair sagging, loose skin along the jaw, neck, chin or brow. For these reasons, they are often paired with other plastic surgery procedures such as a brow lift, eyelid lift or facelift as part of a more comprehensive treatment plan.
Neurotoxins paralyze the muscle contractions that create wrinkles. These injectables all contain botulinum toxin type A. In our office we use Botox Cosmetic and Dysport. Their effects typically last about three to six months depending on the area treated.
Hyaluronic Acid-Based Injectables
Other popular types of injectables work by temporarily filling increases, wrinkles and folds. One such class is known as hyaluronic acid-based injectables.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the connective tissues of the body. As we age, our body’s natural supply of hyaluronic acid decreases.
Hyaluronic acid-based fillers include Juvederm, Juvederm Voluma, Restylane, Restylane-L, Restylane Silk, Restylane Lyft with lidocaine, Restylane Defyne, Restylane Refyne and Belotero Balance. They are typically used to add volume to nasolabial folds (the creases that run from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth), marionette lines and under-eye hollows. Some can also be used to plump up thinning lips. Results last four months or longer, depending on the filler.
Another type of filler works by increasing our natural supply of collagen, the main structural protein found in skin. As the skin ages, collagen breaks down, leading to wrinkles, lines and folds. Collagen-boosting injections help replenish the skin’s dwindling supply of collagen. These typically pack a one-two punch against aging skin, providing immediate volume while stimulating the skin to produce more collagen.
Radiesse, for example, contains microspheres of a naturally occurring mineral known as calcium hydroxylapatite in a water-based gel. In addition to adding volume to the skin when initially injected, it also stimulates the body to produce more collagen.
Bellafill also boosts the natural supply of collagen. It consists of millions of synthetic microspheres (polymethylmethacrylate or PMMA) suspended in purified bovine (cow) collagen. It immediately adds volume to the skin to lift wrinkles and the PMMA microspheres create a matrix that supports your body’s own collagen production. It’s also indicated for the correction of acne scars. FDA Clinical trials showed long lasting results of up to 5 years.
Another collagen booster, Sculptra, contains beads or microparticles of poly-L-lactic acid (a biocompatible, biodegradable polymer) that naturally break down, spurring the body to produce more collagen. Lating results have been seen for up to two years.
- PRP (platelet-rich plasma)
LaViv is an injectable that is made from your own skin cells. The cells are taken from behind the ear and sent to a lab, where more cells are grown and placed in a solution. Next, the surgeon injects the cells into the face to treat nasolabial folds.
ALLOFILL is the first product of its kind; a ready to use, ‘off the shelf’, adipose-derived injectable filler that works with the body to provide an all-natural tissue scaffold with native growth factors. ALLOFILL retains the native extracellular matrix (ECM) components of allograft-derived adipose tissue and over time will be remodeled into a patient’s own soft tissue.
PRP is made of a patient’s own blood which after being withdrawn is then processed to separate out the platelet-rich plasma (PRP). The PRP is re-injected into the face, where it provokes collagen production and gives the face a fresher, more youthful appearance.
If you are considering facial fillers and injectables, our office provides complimentary consultations to determine which facial injectable or injectables is best suited to your needs.