Last-Minute Beauty Treatments for All Your Summer Festivities
In recent years, minimally invasive techniques have revolutionized the aesthetic industry by delivering excellent, natural-looking results with minimal downtime. They are becoming increasingly popular among busy people who don’t want the discomfort and lengthy healing time associated with invasive surgical procedures such as a facelift. If you find your topical anti-aging creams and lotions aren’t getting the job done anymore, it’s time to consider the world of cosmetic injectables.
When you need a last-minute treatment for the next big summer wedding, family vacation, or backyard barbecue, these quick, in-office procedures can deliver whole-face rejuvenation in less than an hour. Today, the fountain of youth doesn’t come in a jar – it comes in a syringe.
The Juvéderm® product line is a group of FDA-approved dermal fillers a skilled injector can apply strategically to areas of the face that have lost volume or experienced mild to moderate wrinkling. This group of smooth, gel-based fillers are bio-compatible, since they are made with hyaluronic acid, a substance your body naturally produces. These injectable products, which include Voluma, Volbella and Vollure, are designed to add volume to cheeks, plump up lips, and smooth out “parentheses lines” and “marionette lines” that form around the mouth.
Like Juvéderm®, the Restylane® family is also hyaluronic acid-based, but it is designed to address more severe facial wrinkles and volume loss. Practitioners often use Restylane® products for deeper injection into facial tissue. Restylane® can not only fill in wrinkles, but can also plump up lips, cheeks, and the backs of hands that may have a bony appearance due to the aging process.
Radiesse® is an excellent way to reshape any facial areas that have begun to wrinkle and sag. This injectable is a safe and effective treatment for minimizing the appearance of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, providing immediately visible, long-lasting results.
Belotero is a smooth, all-purpose filler that treats both small lines and deep creases, including the wrinkles that form around the mouth, lips, and the “tear troughs” that appear under the eyes.
Bellafill is a collagen-based gel that is not only proven to fill in smile lines for up to five years, but is also the only FDA-approved long-term solution for minimizing the look of acne scars.
Your skin’s collagen support network deteriorates as you age, leading to sagging and drooping. Sculptra® is a unique, long-lasting dermal injectable that works within your body to stimulate collagen production naturally. Sculptra® is effective at creating age-defying results in the cheeks, mid-face, temples, and around the eyes.
Sculptra® differs from hyaluronic acid-based injectables in that your body doesn’t absorb it. Rather, it works more subtly in your tissue to gradually improve skin’s appearance over a series of facial injections, with results that last up to two years for some patients.
For some of us, all the diet and exercise in the world won’t eliminate that stubborn pocket of fat under our chin. Luckily, an injectable product called Kybella® can address unwanted fullness by specifically targeting fat cells in this area. Kybella® is made with a naturally occurring molecule called deoxycholic acid that helps your body break down dietary fat. It goes to work in the area beneath your chin, killing the fat cells, so they become unable to store or accumulate fat in the future.
BOTOX® and Dysport
BOTOX® and Dysport are additional injectable treatments that help resolve wrinkles and fine lines. However, unlike the other items on this list, BOTOX® and Dysport are not designed to fill in or volumize skin. Rather, they use a purified neuromodulator to temporarily paralyze the underlying muscles of the face, which allows wrinkles to soften as a result.
BOTOX® and Dysport are especially effective at addressing the vertical frown lines and crow’s feet that form around the eyes, as well as the horizontal furrows that develop on the forehead. Because these products relax existing wrinkles and prevent new wrinkles from forming, they can be especially effective in combination with fillers.
Contact the Expert Injectors for Natural-Looking Results
When you need to look refreshed for your next summer event or gathering without putting a dent in your lifestyle, cosmetic injectables are a “lunch-hour lift” that allow most people to resume their everyday activities immediately. If you’re ready to learn more about your options, schedule an injectable consultation with the expert team at The Maryland Institute of Plastic Surgery.