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Understanding Injectables: The Differences Between Cosmetic Injectables and Dermal Fillers

injectable-fillers-charelstonMinimally invasive facial rejuvenation treatments like dermal fillers and cosmetic injectables can be a great way to diminish wrinkles and creases and add volume to facial features; however, our plastic surgeon, Dr. Ram Kalus, emphasizes the importance of understanding the indicated use of each injectable before developing a treatment plan.

Injectables like BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport® are neurotoxin-based products that are delivered into the facial muscles under the dermis (skin). They are traditionally used to temporarily weaken or relax those muscles that often cause lines on the forehead, between the brows, or near the eyes.

Cosmetic skin fillers are similarly injected under and, in some cases, into the dermis, but in contrast, they are able to add volume to lips, cheeks, nasolabial folds, and occasionally the jaw line. JUVÉDERM®, Restylane®, Perlane®, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA, Artefill®, and Radiesse® are popular examples of dermal fillers, and many consist of hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring substance in our bodies.

All forms of cosmetic injectables, including the neurotoxins such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®, and dermal fillers can provide non-surgical wrinkle reduction, and dermal fillers can also correct facial volume loss due to aging or extreme athleticism resulting in very low body (and facial) fat percentages. Dr. Kalus determines the right treatment or series of treatments on an individual case basis with a careful and thorough personal evaluation of each patient.

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