20 August, 2022
When you say injectables, which ones do you mean? The term “injectables” can actually refer to a variety of non-surgical treatments and procedures and it can be a little difficult to negotiate which ones do what and which ones might give you the results you’re looking for.
Let’s take a closer look at each of them, what they do and how they work.
Also known as muscle relaxants, these do exactly what they say they do – reduce the appearance of wrinkles. “Anti-wrinkle injections are most commonly used to treat crow’s feet, forehead lines and smile lines, however they can be used almost anywhere on the face. They work by a natural purified protein (“Botulinum Toxin”) being injected in to the selected muscles, which interferes with neural transmission between the brain and the muscle. This means that when your brain is telling your face to frown or squint, the muscle can’t receive the message and won’t contract (preventing the formation of wrinkles). Full results take up to two weeks to take effect and will generally last for three months.”
Advantages: Done right, by a qualified and suitably experienced and skilled practitioner, anti-wrinkle injections can be addictive, simply because it works. They can keep you wrinkle-reduced and youthful looking and help you maintain a healthy, fresh appearance.
Disadvantages: Not done correctly they can cause your face to “freeze” and appear as though it has no movement, and is unable to show expression. It doesn’t last and you will have to have top-ups to keep the wrinkles at bay. Can last up to 5 months.
Dermal fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar substance found in the skin, used to contour, plump and add volume to ageing skin. Dermal fillers are able to subtly change the shape of your face to create a more attractive profile or more desirable appearance, eg. highlight cheekbones or define a jawline, etc. Commonly used in the lips to give those beestung pouts, they can also be used to smooth out and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Often used in conjunction with anti-wrinkle injections.
“When injected appropriately, using the right product in the right area for the right person, dermal fillers instantly restore, enhance and define target areas. They can be used to replace volume loss and shape facial features. Dermal filler products are available in various viscosities to suit the indication being treated i.e. areas that require a more structural enhancement require a thicker, less malleable product while thinner fillers are used where softer features are required.”
Advantages: An instant effect that can contour and shape your face, restore volume or smooth out wrinkles without surgery.
Disadvantages: Like anti-wrinkle injections and many non-surgical treatments, dermal fillers are not permanent and will eventually dissolve and lose effect – you will need to have regular appointments to keep the results. Most products can last between 6 – 8 months.
These injections contain deoxycholic acid (a substance found naturally in our bodies) and works by destroying fat cells which your body then naturally metabolises them. This treatment is used to help contour and shape your face by getting rid of unwanted fatty tissues in the targeted area/s, in particular around the jawline and under the chin. . “Most patients experience visible improvement within 2 – 4 treatments. Re-treatment is not expected unless the patient gains significant weight.”
Advantages: This is a more permanent treatment than other non-surgical treatments so you get more bang for your buck. The results this treatment is getting is really making it a popular one, and some of the before and after photos you see with this treatment are astounding.
Disadvantages: At the moment, this treatment is limited as to where it can be used – it is currently only TGA approved for the lower chin and neck area.
PRP is also referred to as the “vampire facial” as it involves extracting your own blood to be centrifuged to separate the platelet rich plasma cells from the red blood cells and platelet-poor plasma to create your own concentrated “super plasma”. This is then re-injected into your skin in the targeted areas triggering all sorts of wonderful responses including stimulated collagen production and increased growth factors and stem cells which are responsible for improving the overall health of your skin. PRP is a more natural and effective way of getting healthier skin from the inside out. Getting amazing results, it is also now being used to stimulate hair growth and dealing with a variety of different skin conditions.
Advantages: One of the biggest advantages of PRP is that it uses your natural biology. “PRP uses your body’s natural biology to address skin imperfections and restore lost volume by using your own plasma to stimulate the formation of new collagen production. By using your own cells, there is virtually no risk of adverse events occurring such as immune rejection or transmitting disease. Our clinics use aseptic techniques and only fully qualified Nurses and phlebotomy trained paramedical technicians offer this service.”
Disadvantages: There really aren’t any disadvantages with this treatment. It is extremely popular with many of the stars and perhaps the only thing is that you need a few treatments to get the best results and then it’s recommended you get yearly treatments after the initial sessions to maintain optimum results. As with all injectable treatments some bruising may
These involve a series of micro-injections of hyaluronic acid into the targeted areas. These are an effective injection treatment. “Used to improve skin texture and health over time by deeply hydrating the skin from the inside out, the most common areas to treat are the hands and face. The stabilised hyaluronic acid is a soft, gel-like substance that absorbs water (up to 1000 times its weight). This results in long-lasting, deep skin hydration to the treated areas, giving it improved firmness, elasticity and smoothness. This is a very popular treatment for sun damaged skin to rehydrate and improve elasticity.”
Advantages: While it takes time to see the results, the results are long-lasting.
Disadvantages: The results take time to appear, so you have to be patient.