What are cosmetic injectables?
Cosmetic injectables are one of the most common cosmetic treatments done in the United States today. It is estimated that there were approximately 10 million injections of Botulinum Toxin Type A and soft tissue fillers – two of the most common types of cosmetic injectables – done in 2017 alone! With Botox and other treatments being a mainstay on the news and social media, many patients are left wondering whether they are worth the hype. In short, we believe so! At Khrom Dermatology, we have seen what a dramatic difference these minimally invasive injections can do to transform not only a person’s facial skin, but also their self-confidence. Injectables can restore a youthful appearance to aging skin, fill in wrinkles, correct sagging skin, and more, for just a fraction of the cost of a traditional surgical face lift. If you are interested in learning more about how cosmetic injections work, what to expect from the procedure, and the types offered at our dermatological practice, read on!
The two leading types of injectables: neuromodulators and dermal fillers
When someone talks about injectables, they are likely talking about one of the two main types of substances that can be injected into the skin for aesthetic purposes: neuromodulators and dermal fillers. These two types of treatments work very differently and can be used either separately or in conjunction with each other for a more dramatic effect. Each type of injectable is discussed in detail below.
Neuromodulator wrinkle relaxers
Did you know that muscles can cause wrinkles and lines on your face? It happens because you use the same muscles, the same way, every time you squint, or frown, or form any other facial expression. Over time, those muscles harden, causing ridges below the skin. Neuromodulators are injectables that prevent excess muscle contraction. In turn, the muscles underneath your skin are more relaxed and do not form wrinkles. Over time, the skin can begin healing and it gradually smooths out.
Botulinum toxin type A is the FDA-approved ingredient in neuromodulator injections, but several different formulations are available. Botox Cosmetic
was the first neuromodulator on the market, and it is still the best known. Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveau
are similar formulas, which also achieve excellent results. Some people report a better result with one formula or another, which is why we offer all if them.