• What are facial injectables? (also called Fillers)
    Facial injectables are minimally invasive medical anti-aging treatments. These can be used to minimize wrinkles, fill lines and folds, and restore facial contours. These include toxins, traditional fillers, and collagen stimulators. Some examples of recommended fillers are:

TOXINS

Toxins smooth lines and grooves — typically in the upper face — by temporarily weakening or paralyzing muscles. Results appear 3-4 days after treatment.

TRADITIONAL Fillers

Traditional fillers temporarily replace lost fat in the mid to lower face. Each injection literally fills the space below wrinkles so results are immediate.

COLLAGEN Stimulators

Collagen stimulators are facial injectables that are used to replace lost collagen, rebuild underlying structure, and reduce appearance of wrinkles.

  • What parts of the face do injectables treat?
    Different facial injectables are appropriate for different areas of the face. Talk to your provider to ensure you get the results you want.
  • How are facial injectables administered?
    Facial injectables are injected beneath the skin and are to be administered by, and in the office of, a trained provider.

Treatment options for facial aging

• What treatments are available for the signs of facial aging?
The 3 major types of facial rejuvenation can be classified as resurfacing, facial injectables, and surgery.

FACIAL Resurfacing

Facial resurfacing works by modifying the surface of the skin to correct visible signs of sun damage, such as fine lines, irregular pigmentation, and blemishes. Some common techniques are chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser resurfacing.

FACIAL Injectables

Facial injectables include a broad range of substances that are administered by injection to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and restore facial contours. These include toxins, traditional fillers, and collagen stimulators, and each treatment works differently.

FACIAL Plastic Surgery

Facial plastic surgery is usually the most invasive type of rejuvenation and includes a wide range of procedures — most of which are used to lift sagging skin, remove excess fat, or fill hollows. The most popular surgical options for facial rejuvenation are liposuction, face-lift, and fat transfer.

Ask your provider for more information about these procedures.

• What are the visible effects of facial aging?
The visible effects of facial aging are the progressive changes you see when you look in the mirror — including loss of skin elasticity, sagging, forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s-feet, smile lines, lip lines, marionette lines (the lines framing your mouth), as well as changes to the color and texture of the skin and loss of volume. Each filler addresses different issues and several may be recommended depending on your needs.
• When does facial aging begin?
Facial aging usually begins in your 20s when the firmness of your skin begins to decrease. Wrinkles, blemishes, and sunspots may also start to appear, becoming more pronounced with age. Of course, changes vary from person to person.
• What factors contribute to facial aging?
Facial aging is caused by both internal and external factors. Internal (or chronological) factors happen over time and are caused by genetics and the natural aging process. External (or environmental) factors are things in the world around you, including sun exposure, smoking, pollution, gravity, facial expressions, and sleep position. All of these factors can contribute to changes in the skin, as well as changes in facial bones.
• What is the role of collagen loss in facial aging?
Collagen is a fibrous protein in the dermis that gives structure to the skin and provides the foundation for the retention of elastin and hyaluronic acid. Elastin is an elastic protein that helps maintain shape, while hyaluronic acid cushions and lubricates to keep the skin moist. More collagen enables the presence of more elastin and hyaluronic acid.
With age and environmental damage, collagen is lost, and as time goes on, the body’s natural production decreases. The damage to the underlying structure of the skin reduces the skin’s ability to maintain elasticity and retain moisture.

Fillers: