Bloomfield Hills, MI– Botox. Radiesse. Aquamid. Renuva. Juvederm and other hyaluronic acid derivatives. These and many other injectables are becoming household names throughout modern society. What’s more is that they’re on the rise in the United States, and don’t show any sign of slowing.
In fact, according to The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there were over 7 million injectable treatments in the United States in 2016 alone. That’s a 10% increase since 2015 and a nearly 7,000% percent change in the past 20 years.
What Are Injectables?
These treatments are perfect for those who want to confront some of the less-glamorous effects of aging but prefer not to undergo surgery. Be it fine lines, wrinkles, or a desire to improve skin tone and texture, injectables are a great alternative to more invasive procedures.
There are several main types of injectables:
- Botulinum Toxin Derivatives: This includes Botox and the newer Xeomin. These are both injected by a fine needle that introduces the treatment into the body. The substances block the release of some chemicals responsible for facial muscle contraction, ultimately relaxing the muscles. This leads to a drastic reduction in the appearance of everything from crow’s feet to frown lines and wrinkles across the forehead. The effects of this treatment take a few days to be fully noticeable, and can last up to about six months.
- Hyaluronic Acid Derivatives: This includes Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero Balance, and many others. These gel fillers act by restoring the skin’s volume while at the same time smoothing away folds, wrinkles, and lines. Unlike Botox, these fillers are visible immediately and can even last up to a year.
- Adipose Transfer Treatments: This includes Renuva and is basically transferring a small amount of fat to desired areas like scars, aging hands, or other small skin defects. Transfer treatments are ideal for giving skin a firmer, more youthful look and for smoothing out any irregularities.
- Calcium Hydroxylapatite: This includes Radiesse and is derived from a mineral-like compound that naturally exists in human bones. With a long history first in dentistry and then reconstructive surgery, this dermal filler has a strong safety record and is effective for treating fine lines. It can also enhance fullness in cheeks and facial contours and add volume throughout the face as needed.
- Polylactic Acid: This includes Sculptra and is a synthetic dermal filler that stimulates the body’s own collagen production. It is ideal for plumping lips and filling deep lines caused by laughing. Typically, three monthly treatments are needed, and it can take several weeks to see results.
Why Are Injectables So Popular?
Since the thought of plastic surgery frightens many people, injectables are ideal for those who want a marked improvement of their skin but who don’t want the downtime surgery often requires. Most injectable treatments have a very small recovery period and allow patients to return to work the same day as the treatment.
Furthermore, they are generally far less expensive than their surgical counterparts, averaging just hundreds, not thousands, of dollars per treatment. It’s an easy way to see if cosmetic procedures are something people want to pursue further.
About Us: Dr. M. Azhar Ali is a board-certified, Detroit area plastic surgeon. He and his team are experienced and knowledgeable aesthetic care professionals, skilled in providing treatments like injectables and other cosmetic treatments. Dr. Ali, with thousands of surgeries to his name, offers expert and compassionate care to all patients.
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