Many patients who seek a dermatologist, come with the concern of wanting to look “younger” and seeking “anti-aging” treatments. Really though, it’s not about looking younger necessarily, it’s about looking one’s best at every age and minimizing the things that make one’s skin look weathered and less vibrant. This often involves minimizing wrinkles, folds, and creases in the skin. Not so many decades ago, dermatologists were fairly limited regarding the anti-aging treatments they could prescribe. That has all changed with the development of injectable wrinkle relaxants and injectable fillers. These amazing anti-aging products have made looking younger (and more importantly, more radiant) easier than ever. Even better, use of these products typically comes with minimal side effects while producing incredible and near immediate results.
Each of the skin fillers and injectables discussed below has been fully approved by the FDA. Moreover, these products have been successfully used thousands of times in a clinical setting. One of the best ways to ensure spectacular results that really will have you looking younger is to work with a board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Steele. Although some of these injectable wrinkle relaxants and fillers may be advertised at spas and in other settings, it is advisable to look upon these treatments as medical procedures. As such, they should always be performed by a doctor in a medical setting. Only this way can you be reasonably certain that your procedure will be safe and effective. You’ll be looking younger with a minimum of risks, and you’re probably going to love the results.
Botox and Other Injectables
Wrinkle relaxant injectables like Botox, Dysport and Xeomin have been in the news a great deal in recent years thanks to their reliable efficacy in anti-aging through wrinkle treatment. These products have been fully approved by the FDA and have been shown to be remarkably effective when used in a clinical setting. The procedure is quick, easy and relatively painless. Nonetheless, the results are usually spectacular. Patients who undergo this procedure often end up looking better and even younger than they thought would be possible.
Wrinkle relaxant injectables (sometimes called neurotoxins) perform a very specific purpose when they are used on the face and neck. A highly trained, experienced dermatologist like Dr. Steele performs a precise series of injections on the places to be treated. The chosen injectable effectively relaxes the targeted muscles that cause a permanent line or wrinkle. With the muscles unable to pull as hard, lines smooth out often to the point of disappearing, making one look more youthful and radiant. When fine lines aren’t necessarily the issue, but rather a heavy scowl or jowls, injectable relaxants can also be used to soften the appearance of deep furrows and creases.
Botox and similar products are frequently used on the lines that form between the brows just above the bridge of the nose. They may also be used to treat crow’s feet or forehead creases. A roughened chin or folds at the corners of the mouth may similarly be treated. With the virtual disappearance of these common trouble spots, these anti-aging wrinkle relaxants are a patient favorite with a high level of satisfaction for both men and women.
If you decide to try an injectable treatment, then you can expect the procedure to occur right at Steele Dermatology or your doctor’s office. There is no hospital stay or downtime associated with having one of these anti-aging procedures. However, your doctor may ask you to refrain from exercise or other strenuous activity for the rest of the day.
Wrinkle relaxants like Botox are introduced to the skin through extremely thin needles. Most patients experience no pain. They may liken the injections to receiving a small pinch. A topical anesthetic or ice may be applied if the patient prefers it. It’s not typical to see immediate results with wrinkle relaxant injectables. Three to seven days may be required before the full results become evident. Most patients find that injectables like Botox are effective for a period of a few months. With few side effects and excellent results that can have you looking younger, it’s no surprise that more people are seeking these anti-aging treatments from dermatologists.
The other powerful weapon in your dermatologist’s anti aging armory are injectable skin fillers. With well-known brand names like Juvederm, Restylane and Radiesse, these products can be used to help patients who are interested in looking younger and healthier. Unlike wrinkle relaxant injectables, these injectable filler products do not affect the muscles beneath the skin’s surface. Instead, they fill in lines, wrinkles and folds to make the skin appear smoother. Results are long lasting and can last for up to 2 years depending upon the filler substance that is used. Most of these plumping or volumizing treatments require less than half an hour to perform and do not result in downtime. When done well, the results look natural and simply restore or maintain a youthful glow to the face.
One of the most popular categories of injectable fillers is those that are composed of hyaluronic acids. This substance is naturally produced by the body, making it an excellent choice. Hyaluronic acid fillers generally look and feel soft and natural and are easily incorporated into your own skin tissues. It’s unusual to experience side effects with this treatment, with slight bruising or swelling being the most commonly seen problems.
Besides hyaluronic acids, there are a few other types of filler with slightly different properties that are designed to use in different ways than hyaluronic acids. For instance, Radiesse is made of calcium hydroxyapatite which can be used in the lower or upper face deep volumization. Sculptra is not exactly a filler because it stimulates your body to form new collagen, but it is also an effective way to add volume to the face.
In the early days of fillers, collagen was the only choice. However, with the safety, efficacy and reliability of hyaluronic acid injectable fillers in recent years, collagen skin fillers have become less popular. Since collagen must be obtained from an animal source, using collagen requires skin testing to ensure you won’t have a reaction (which is very rare). Patients can trust that all of these substances are clean, safe and effective regardless of the type of filler, collagen or otherwise. Board-certified dermatologists, such as Dr. Steele, buy only from reputable companies that provide products manufactured to strict health and safety guidelines.
Looking Young Is Easier Than You Think
All of the products and procedures mentioned here have been performed thousands of times across the country with spectacular results. Moreover, when used in a clinical setting like Steele Dermatology’s office, patients can rest assured that the risks of side effects will be minimized as much as possible.
Dermatologists have long wanted to offer their patients these kinds of revolutionary anti-aging treatments. With such a diverse array of procedures, it’s possible for your doctor to prescribe the treatment that is right for you. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Steele today to learn more about how easy it may be for you to start looking younger tomorrow.