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The Difference Between Injectable Wrinkle Reducers and Dermal Fillers

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Despite the increasing buzz and popularity of wrinkle reducers and fillers, they still cause confusion and are often assumed to be one in the same; a generic word to describe any injection that treats wrinkles, folds, hollows and volume loss. While both wrinkle reducers and fillers are administered via a syringe by a physician or nurse, that is about where their similarities end. There are actually two main categories of cosmetic injectables – fillers and wrinkle reducers, and it’s important to understand the difference before deciding to say yes to the needle!

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Injectable Wrinkle Reducers

Injectable wrinkle reducers are used to temporarily smooth the look of moderate to severe wrinkles in certain areas of the face, as well as the forehead. Also known as neuromodulators, wrinkle reducers work by reducing the muscle activity behind certain facial expressions, and are commonly injected into the areas where you tend to squint or furrow the most, including in between the eyebrows (known as the frown lines or the elevens), crow’s feet around the eyes, and the forehead. As the repeated contraction of these muscles is often what creates the wrinkles, reducing the muscle activity that contributes to the lines with a neuromodulator relaxes the muscles and makes the lines less prominent. The most popular wrinkle reducers include Botox, Xeomin, Dysport, and the recently released Jeuveau. The effects typically last approximately three months, although patients who keep up on their maintenance report being able to eventually go longer between injections. Wrinkle reducers are injected by unit, and each anatomic area has a certain number of units that are standard for that zone. So the two most important factors to know when you get treatment are how many units you are receiving, and perhaps more importantly, the background and experience level of the individual doing your injections.

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Injectable Fillers

Fillers, on the other hand, are intended to correct age-related soft tissue volume loss in various facial areas, including the cheeks, jowls, under the eyes and around the mouth. Fillers have a gel-like consistency and can temporarily restore volume by adding plumpness and volume under the skin. They are most commonly injected into lips, cheeks, hollows under the eyes, around the nose (naso-labial folds), and the deep lines that form around the mouth (often referred to as “marionette lines”). They are also often used to restore volume in the hands, as soft tissue volume loss on the back of the hands creates a significantly more aged appearance. There are multiple options today for injectable fillers, so it’s very important to discuss your goals with your physician. Most dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, Voluma, Versa, Restylane and Belotero Balance, contain Hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance found in your body that aids in the production of collagen and elastin. Another popular filler, Radiesse, uses microspheres made out of calcium hydroxylapatite (found naturally in human bones) to restore volume. This dermal filler is known for providing very natural, longer lasting results. All provide for immediate results, with full results noticeable within one to two weeks post-treatment, lasting typically last 6-18 months, depending on the brand and its composition.

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If you’re wondering whether wrinkle reducers or dermal fillers are right for you, schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Craig Schwartz at Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz by calling us at (913) 701-3545 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to meeting you!

Premier Vein & Body is located in Leawood, KS and proudly also serves Overland Park, Johnson County and the entire Kansas City metro area.

* This blog provides general information and discussion about medicine, health and related subjects. The words and other content provided in this blog, and in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. If the reader or any other person has a medical concern, he or she should consult with an appropriately-licensed physician.

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