By Sherri Roberts
Cosmetic injectables have become wildly popular in the last 10 years. In 2011 they were the most requested procedures in the nation among both surgical and nonsurgical procedures, with more than 3.5 million performed. Here are a few reasons our patients love them:
Reason No 1
You can erase years off your face in a quick office visit.
That’s right, crows’ feet, forehead lines, those pesky vertical shaped 11s that form between the brows—making you look aged, tired, and even angry—can all be virtually banished for approximately 3-5 months with BOTOX®Cosmetic or Dysport™. By inhibiting the muscle movement that causes the skin to crease when we smile, squint, or frown, these injectables provide the dual benefit of both smoothing out lines and slowing the deepening of current lines.
Hyaluronic-acid based fillers, which are composed of a sugar found naturally in the body, generally work best on the lower 2/3 of the face to fill in lines and folds, including the nasolabial folds—the parentheses-shaped folds that stretch from the bottom of the nose to the corners of the mouth—and marionette lines—the lines that form downwards from the corners of the mouth. These typically last anywhere from six months to one year.
Reason No 2
A kissable, perfectly-plumped pout can be yours.
In the right hands, cosmetic injectables can be used to add natural-looking fullness to improve the shape of your lips without creating the infamous duck lips look. Thankfully, our doctors and nurse injectors possess the skill to avoid this pitfall.
Reason No 3
Your hands don’t have to give away your age.
When it comes to anti-aging treatments, most of us naturally focus on our faces. But often, the appearance of our hands reveals our true age. As we grow older, not only does the tone and texture of our hands become more weathered, but we also lose fat, which causes the veins and tendons to become more prominent. While laser treatments can improve the tone and texture of the skin, fillers can be used to restore a more youthful, supple appearance to the hands.
Reason No 4
Give your eyes a lift—the red carpet secret of many celebrities.
Just as the skin begins to lose its youthful spring and lift as we grow older, the brows also begin to creep lower on the face due, in part, to a loss of skin elasticity and the effects of gravity. BOTOX Cosmetic or Dysport can be injected in a way to provide a temporary lift to the brows, giving the eyes a more youthfully refreshed look—a lesser known benefit that you might ike to try if you wish to avoid or delay brow lift surgery.
Frequently Asked Question
There are so many cosmetic injectables available. How do I know which one is best for me?
This is determined by several factors such as the type of improvement you are seeking e.g., fuller lips or diminishment of fine lines around the eyes; the area that is being targeted; and the degree of correction that is necessary to attain ideal results. Based upon these factors, our skillful aesthetic nurse specialists will choose the injectable(s) that will produce the most effective improvement for you.
To schedule your appointment for a cosmetic injectable consultation and treatment, call our office.
For more information about The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery(ACPS) physicians and the cosmetic surgery treatments and procedures they perform please click here or call us at 713.799.9999. We have offices in and around Houston, Texas.