Injectables are used as a non-surgical treatment for facial aging. Over time, the face develops fine lines and wrinkles, skin loses elasticity, and hollows or thin areas form. The loss of natural skin plumpness, smoothness, and even fat distribution may cause you to look older than you feel. With injectables, facial ageing is minimised and a more youthful appearance can be restored.
Many anti-ageing treatments require surgery, which can be expensive and will have a lengthy recovery. Injectables are a non-surgical treatment that can be performed quickly with no recovery or downtime.
A More Youthful Appearance
Injectables are designed to target those areas that create a more aged appearance. With the strategic injection of the correct substances, wrinkles can be minimised and facial fullness can be restored to create a more youthful appearance.
Dissatisfaction with your appearance may interfere with your self-confidence. Injectables restore a more attractive and youthful appearance so that you can feel more confident about the face in the mirror.
Improved Facial Definition
One of the most noticeable signs of ageing is the loss of facial definition that occurs due to skin laxity. Injectables restore facial contours by improving skin fullness and highlighting your natural face shape.
Ideal candidates for injectables will meet the following criteria:
- Overall good health
- Realistic expectations about the results
- Non-smoking or willing to quit for a period of time before and after the procedure
- A desire to look more youthful
- Fine lines or wrinkles on the face
- Deep forehead lines
- Deep creases and folds around the cheeks and mouth
- Facial hollows, shallow contours, or recessed scars
- Thin lips
- Sufficient skin elasticity to maintain the results
Before treatment, the target areas of the face may be chilled, injected with local anaesthesia, or given a topical anaesthetic to ensure your comfort. The injectable is then strategically inserted into the target areas through a small needle. Each injection takes only a few minutes and has no recovery or downtime.
Common Types of Injectables
There are many different types of injectables. The following types are commonly used to minimise signs of facial ageing.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a commonly used protein neurotoxin that inhibits the facial muscles that form wrinkles. By stopping the muscles from contracting, wrinkles do not show and the face appears more youthful. BOTOX® Cosmetic injections treat wrinkles and lines in the forehead, between the brows, and around the eyes.
JUVÉDERM® is an injectable filler made of hyaluronic acid, which is naturally abundant in healthy, youthful skin. There are several types of JUVÉDERM®, such as JUVÉDERM® XC, JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA® XC, and JUVÉDERM® Ultra, and each accomplishes a slightly different purpose. In general, JUVÉDERM® injectables improve facial contours, cheek volume, and moderate to severe lines around the nose and mouth.
Restylane® is another injectable filler made of hyaluronic acid. Restylane® and its variations are more granular than JUVÉDERM® and can enhance volume under the eyes, smooth wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, and augment the lips.
RADIESSE® is an injectable filler made of hydroxylapatite microspheres suspended in an aqueous gel solution. This injectable is used to stimulate collagen production, enhance facial volume, and improve moderate to severe facial wrinkles around the mouth, nose, and chin.
In addition to the injectables listed here, there are many other types of facial injectables that can rejuvenate your appearance. During your consultation, Mr Gwanmesia can help you determine which injectable is best for your needs. Call 02074741300 or fill out our online contact form to book your appointment with Mr Gwanmesia today.
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Facial Treatment Injectables FAQ
There is no single “best” injectable for everyone. Mr Gwanmesia can help you select the best injectable for you based on your needs and preferences.
The most common side effects of injectables are discomfort, bruising, swelling, and redness in the treated areas. Some patients may experience an allergic reaction to certain types of injectables. Other rare risks include particle displacement and clumping. Nonetheless, most individuals who receive treatment with injectables experience no side effects or risks.
Facial injectables have no downtime or recovery. You may experience some temporary redness, tenderness, and swelling in the area for a few hours to a few days. Otherwise, you can resume normal activities immediately after your treatment.
Facial injectables are a temporary solution and can last from several months up to two years. Patients can receive periodic treatments with injectables to maintain their results over time.
Some individuals may be better off with injectables, whereas others may need facial surgery. Mr Gwanmesia will examine your goals, your preferences, and your anatomy before determining which type of procedure will be best for you. In many cases, individuals should consider injectables and pursue surgery only if injectables do not lead to the desired results.