What are injectables?

What are injectables?
What are injectables?

What are injectables?

It’s a term I hear floating around, but I wasn’t entirely sure what it was referring to. All I knew was that it meant some type of cosmetic procedure, and I could assume that it required inserting something into the skin, probably with a needle. Beyond that, I was clueless. So I hopped on the Smart Beauty Guide website and started poking around. Here is what I discovered.

What are injectables?

In a nutshell, injectables are chemical substances inserted into the skin with a needle (see, I was on the right track!) that support muscles or plump up the skin, lessening the appearance of wrinkles. The two main types of injectables are Botulinum Toxin (usually referred to as Botox) and Dermal Fillers (often using collagen or one’s own body fat). Let’s break it down.

Botulinum Toxin

Botulinum toxin (Type A) is a cosmetic injection that blocks the nerve signals that cause muscles to contract. This effect relaxes and smooths the look of lines and wrinkles caused by repetitive movements on the face—most commonly, between the brows, crows-feet around the eyes, and horizontal forehead creases.

Read more at Smart Beauty Guide: Botulinum Toxin. While you’re there, take a look at the before and after photos in the Photo/Video Gallery, and be sure to check out Megan’s story. They actually show the procedure, so if you’re squeamish about needles, you’ve been warned. But I can totally relate to Megan. I recently turned 40, and suddenly I notice all sorts of crazy lines and wrinkles I never had before. Seeing her results makes me wonder if Botox is something I might eventually consider for myself.

And take a look at this one. This lady had her “gummy smile” fixed. You guys. I have always hated my gummy smile! I never knew it could be altered at all, much less with a non-invasive procedure such as this one.

Fillers

Fillers are a type of minimally invasive aesthetic medicine used to add volume, alter the contours of the face, and fill in wrinkles. Common areas to inject fillers are in the face, neck, and hands, resulting in a fuller, smoother and more youthful appearance.

Read more at Smart Beauty Guide: Fillers, and watch Karen’s video for a personal viewpoint on fillers. Fillers are usually used around the cheekbone area to give the illusion of more prominent cheekbones, and around the mouth where we tend to get deep creases. This is an area I have really noticed myself aging. When I smile, I get deep creases on either side of my mouth that I shamelessly Photoshop out when I post photos of myself online. How cool would it be to have them erased entirely? It’s definitely something to think about.

Benefits/Risks

A huge benefit to injectables is that they offer instant results, unlike surgery, which can require significant time for healing. They’re also relatively painless and carry a low risk of infection or complications.

On the flip side, the effects of injections only last three to six months, and there is the slight chance of droopy eye or muscle if injected incorrectly. This is why it is SO important to find a reputable doctor to perform these procedures. See Select A Surgeon for more information on finding the right person for you in your area.

Have you ever had Botox or dermal fillers? I’d love to hear about your experience!

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