Posted on: 28 April 2018
It seems like every day, there's a new wrinkle treatment cream popping up on shelves. While these creams can help with minor wrinkles, they're not the most effective option for deeper more prominent wrinkles. For those, you are better off turning to injectable treatments. Here are three different types of injectable wrinkle treatments to talk about with your dermatologist or cosmetic physician.
1. Botulinum Toxin
Botulinum toxin injections have been around for years, so they are the injectable option that most people are most familiar with. These injections contain a toxin that causes the muscles near the injection site to relax. This relaxation helps make the skin look smoother, easing the appearance of wrinkles.
The idea of having a toxin injected into your body may be scary, but these injections are very safe when administered by a dermatologist. The toxin does not travel outside of the injection area. Botulinum toxin injections are a good choice for wrinkles on the side of the mouth and eyes. The results last three or four months, on average.
2. Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid is a substance that your skin produces naturally. It improves your skin tone and tightness. As you age, your skin makes less hyaluronic acid, which contributes to the formation of wrinkles. Replacing the hyaluronic acid can help give you a more youthful, toned look. Your dermatologist can do this by injecting hyaluronic acid into the areas of your skin that look saggy and wrinkled.
Hyaluronic acid injections are great for wrinkles in the forehead and to the side of the nose. The results of these treatments last for up to a year, and since hyaluronic acid is completely natural, there are few to no side effects to worry about.
3. Synthetic Fillers
If you have very deep, pronounced wrinkles, your dermatologist may recommend having them injected with a synthetic filler. These substances essentially fill in the empty space beneath your skin, which softens the appearance of wrinkles. Synthetic fillers are generally safe, but since they are made from plastic-like substances, some patients do experience reactions to them. Thus, your dermatologist will test you for a reaction to the synthetic filler before administering it.
Some synthetic fillers, once put into place, last virtually forever. You may need a slight touchup every few years. These fillers are a good choice if you have very pronounced folds next to your mouth and nose or sagging in the jawline.
To learn more about injectable treatments for wrinkles, talk to your dermatologist.Share