The popularity of injectable anti-aging treatments has increased recently as an alternative to facelifts especially in Houston and San Diego. Potential clients are looking for a less invasive procedure for smoothing out lines and wrinkles and restoring their youthful appearance. They want something convenient that can be done in the office in a short amount of time.
Medicard Financial, a Canadian group funding cosmetic procedures surveyed 2,500 cosmetic surgeons in 2005 and discovered that Juvederm, Restylane, and Botox were the most popular and recommended treatments for aging. According to the survey, women made up 83.5% of customers but the interest among men is increasing.
Injectable anti-aging treatments can:
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- Plump up thin lips making them fuller
- Lift sagging skin on the face and neck
- Smooth forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet
Benefits of Injectable Treatments
- Injectable fillers plump up the skin creating a smoother, firmer look to the skin that lasts between 8 and 12 months.
- The cost can vary according to the number of treatments and where they are placed.
- Very few side effects due to not being an animal product – minimal redness and swelling
- No recuperation time – you can immediately resume normal activities
Here is a quick primer on the different anti-aging treatments available in San Diego and Houston so you can make an informed decision about products that will be used. Deciding which one is best for you will be determined by your preference and any medical conditions that may be affected by the treatment.
Hyaluronic acid plumps up the skin and helps it to retain moisture longer (like a sponge). It can be used for re-shaping the nose, filling in sunken eyes and cheekbones, defining the jawline and eliminating wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet). It is good for moderate to severe wrinkles. Each vial costs between $500 – $700 and several vials may be needed per treatment. There is little risk of side effects as this is not an animal product – no allergic reactions. Redness, swelling, and bruising are common but temporary.
Restylane is another Hyaluronic acid similar to Juvederm that hydrates the skin. Hyaluronic acid is produced by the body naturally but declines as we age due to hormones, UV rays, and medications.
Restylane smoothes out wrinkles, fills in the under-eye area, plump up lips, lifts eyebrows, minimizes laugh lines, and restores fullness to the cheeks, chin, and jawline. It can also fill acne scars, lift sagging jowls and reshape or contour the nose.
The length of time the effects last will depend on how much was injected and the placement. When injected in areas close to the bone, it seems lasts longer. Restylane treatments start at $1,000 and but can be as high as $2,500.
Botox ( clostridium botulinum) is injected with a very thin needle into the tiny muscles in the face. Botox is a neurotoxin and relaxes the small muscles in the fact temporarily inhibiting facial expressions. It is used to minimize lines on the forehead between the eyebrows, near the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet), smile lines around the mouth, and muscles in the neck.
Botox lasts between 3 and 4 months and costs around $10 per injection. The cost increases if you have it done in a dermatologist’s office. The cost is low compared to other treatments but several treatments may be needed for optimal results.