Cosmetic Injectable Fillers

Plastic surgery trends today show that minimally invasive procedures are the most popular types of Cosmetic procedures being done today. Procedures such as Botox, Microderm abrasion and Chemical peels far outstrip surgeries such as Breast Augmentation and even Liposuction.

Of the aforementioned minimally invasive procedures, Botox is by far the most popular. Other popular injectable procedures are Dysport , Juvederm and Restylane.

The term injectables loosely refers to a collection of materials that are injected under the skin to give it a more youthful appearance.  Each of these materials have their own advantages and disadvantages.

Human skin tissue is held together by 3 main components: Elastic, Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid. The interaction of the aforementioned components together gives skin its firm and smooth appearance. However, as we age this composition loses its firmness leading to the appearance of wrinkles.

Some of the most commonly used Injectables are:

  1. Collagen Injections – These help supplement your skins own Collagen resulting in smoothing facial wrinkles.
  2. Botox – Botox is not a filler though it used to smooth wrinkles though in a different way than aforementioned collagen injections. Most fillers work by supplementing body tissue in one way or another. Botulinum toxin however works by relaxing the underlying muscles and thus smoothing out wrinkles that way.
  3. Radiesse – Aqueous gel suspension filler that also stimulates your body’s own collagen production.
  4. Body fat – Eliminates the risk of allergic reaction. Thigh or abdomen fat is injected into the target area to help smooth wrinkles.
  5. Hyaluronic acid – This is a natural material produced by the skin to help keep its elasticity. The injections help replenish the amount of acid lost as you age. Most commonly used Hyaluronic acid brand names are Juvederm, Perlane and Restylane.

The permanence of the results will differ based on the type of injectable used. Associated risks will also vary based on the injectable treatment.

The most significant risk associated with injectable treatments is the possibility of having an allergic reaction. Prior to commencing treatment, your Doctor will do a skin test to determine if you are allergic to the type of injectable you will be receiving.

Due to the temporary nature of the results, injectables require multiple treatments to maintain the results desired. The number of treatments will also vary based on the type of treatment being done.

Health insurance companies classify injectable treatment as an elective procedure hence they typically do not pay for it. Compared to Surgical Cosmetic procedures by Dr Zacharia, injectables are significantly cheaper and can thus be more easily paid for out of pocket. 3rd party patient financing companies do offer affordable monthly payment options to Patients with good credit.

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