There are many ways to combat the various signs of facial aging by using different cosmetic plastic surgery and non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures, but by far the most popular for both men and women are injectable treatments like Botox® and facial fillers. According to statistics compiled by the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), nearly ten million treatments using Botox® or various facial fillers were done in 2016, which actually accounts for the majority (56.2%) of all surgical and non-surgical procedures performed that year. Still, despite their overwhelming popularity, there are still some aspects of these treatments that people don’t fully understand. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about cosmetic injectables so you can make an informed decision about whether they are the right choice for you.
How can the different facial injectable treatments work for me?
Generally speaking, there are two categories of facial injectable treatments and they work in distinctly different ways. Neuromodulators like Botox® and Dysport® alter the transmission of nerve impulses to specific muscles, temporarily decreasing the movement that causes dynamic facial wrinkles to form. On the other hand, facial fillers like Juvéderm®, Restylane®, and Perlane® use hyaluronic acid, a substance that exists naturally in youthful skin, to restore lost volume to key facial features, giving them a fuller and more rounded appearance.
How long with the results of my facial injectable treatment last?
Many cosmetic plastic surgery procedures and facial rejuvenation techniques can effectively “press pause” on the developing signs of facial aging, but nothing can stop the aging process entirely. Although individual results will vary, the effects of Botox® can generally last an average of three to six months, while the results of hyaluronic injections can last from six months to as long as two years, depending upon the product, before additional maintenance treatments are necessary.
Can I get an injectable treatment on the same day as an important event?
Injectable treatments can often be performed in as little as fifteen minutes and usually do not require anesthesia, so patients can potentially resume their regular activities immediately after the procedure without the need for post-surgical downtime. However, some may experience redness, mild swelling, or occasionally even minor bruising at the injection site, and the results of some treatments may take a few days to fully manifest. While you may see some improvement on the day of the procedure, it may require 24 to 48 hours before you truly achieve optimal results, so I would recommend that you plan any activities accordingly.
Do I have to get injectable treatments from a doctor, or can they be performed by anyone?
While injectable cosmetic treatments are significantly less invasive than other forms of plastic surgery, they are still serious medical procedures with the potential for side effects. For this reason, they should always be done under the supervision of a board certified plastic surgeon, and by a practitioner who has all of the necessary qualifications and experience, like our own certified physician assistant and cosmetic injector Kalyani Pandya, MMSc, PA-C. This will help ensure both that you benefit from the highest standards of patient safety and that the individual performing the treatment has the necessary familiarity with facial anatomy to achieve the best possible results.
It has always been my facial rejuvenation philosophy that every face requires a customized approach that incorporates both non-surgical and surgical procedures to achieve optimal results. If you are interested in finding out exactly what facial procedures would be best for you please contact me, Dr. Fernando Burstein, so that we can schedule a full consultation. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest facial plastic surgery news.