Neurotoxins and dermal fillers are the top two most popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. These treatments are notably common because they are quick, cost-effective, and can treat various aging concerns. At the AESTHETIC CENTER AT WOODHOLME, our team offers numerous injectable treatments for patients like you that are looking for aesthetic improvement.
What Are Injectable Treatments?
Injectable treatments are cosmetic procedures that are used to improve a range of aesthetic concerns such as wrinkles, folds, lines, sagging skin, and facial volume loss. They are often a great alternative for patients who are not yet ready for surgical procedures. The different injectable treatments can be broken down into two groups: neuromodulators and dermal fillers.
These injectable treatments are made from a purified form of botulinum toxin. This toxin allows the muscles to stop forming contractions in the skin, preventing the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. They do this by blocking the nerve signals that tell the muscles to contract. While this may sound severe, it smooths out the wrinkles while allowing you to still make regular facial expressions. The most common brand of neuromodulators is BOTOX.
Dermal filler treatments work to smooth deeper facial wrinkles and restore lost volume for a more youthful appearance. Most dermal fillers are made from an injectable form of hyaluronic acid. This substance is naturally found in the skin and bones. Hyaluronic acid helps the skin to retain moisture, stay hydrated, and add volume. Popular brands of injectable fillers are JUVÉDERM and RESTYLANE.
What to Know Before Getting An Injectable Treatment?
If you are thinking about getting an injectable treatment, you need to be prepared and do your research. It is important to understand the cost, research who the injector is, and evaluate your expectations. This way you will be safe, prepared, and get optimal results.
As with anything, you get what you pay for with cosmetic injections. To be sure you are getting safe care, you should know the normal range of these treatments. While prices vary depending on how much product needs to be used, where it is used, and where you live, fillers typically range between $500-$2000 per treatment. So, if you see deals for $50 injectable treatment, you can take that as a red flag. At your consultation, it is important to discuss your budget to see if it is in line with what your injector suggests the price will be.
Who is Performing the Procedure?
Arguably the most important part of getting any cosmetic treatment is to pick an experienced, licensed practitioner. Most of the success of the results come from the injector rather than the product itself. When looking for an injector, make sure to go to someone with the right credentials and who can show you before and after photos of previous patients. During the consultation with your future practitioner, ask them how long they have been practicing, how many injectable treatments they have performed, and how they were trained. You should also make sure to go to someone who makes you feel comfortable and is patient with you.
What Are Your Expectations?
It is important to be realistic about your expectations when it comes to possible results. It is often helpful to bring in a photo of yourself that you like to show your doctor what you want to look like. Also, you can look over their gallery of before and afters to find a previous patient who looks good to you. This will help to give you a more realistic frame of reference.
Schedule a Consultation
Our team of board-certified plastic surgeons will help to recommend the best injectable treatment plan for you. At your consultation with Drs. Papel, Kontis, and Brown, they will ask about your medical history and goals to determine the best choice of injectable or combination of injectables for your treatment. Get started today by contacting us at the AESTHETIC CENTER AT WOODHOLME to SCHEDULE YOUR CONSULTATION.
Dr. Ira D. Papel is certified in Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Papel earned his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and his M.D. from Boston University of Medicine. He completed a residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and a fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Papel is considered an international expert in rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, and facial aesthetic surgery.