Whether it’s fillers to plump lips or Botox® for frown lines, injectables are some of the most popular non-surgical treatment options each year. This is for good reason— they come with minimal downtime and produce excellent results with the help of an experienced cosmetic physician. However, injectables are constantly evolving and injectors are finding more new techniques than ever for different products and cosmetic goals. If you’re looking for the latest and greatest in injectable treatments for unconventional goals, then here are some techniques to know about.
Radiesse® for Skin Tightening
Radiesse® is a unique dermal filler that stimulates the growth of collagen in the skin. It does this using calcium-based microspheres which form a scaffold for new collagen. So, rather than simply replace missing volume with a hyaluronic acid gel like other dermal fillers, Radiesse jumpstarts your skin’s natural mechanisms for tightening and softening the appearance of wrinkles normally caused by a lack of volume. This has uses outside of the face, too— some studies have shown that it can even be an effective body vectoring method. The best part is that Radiesse lasts for 12 to 15 months, meaning you can enjoy long-term results without the downtime of more invasive procedures.
Sculptra® for Cellulite
Although Sculptra® is a popular option for facial and buttock rejuvenation, it can be effective as a way to combat cellulite. Despite what you might commonly read on social media or with certain products, cellulite is caused by the way that the female body stores fat— mainly that fibers keep the skin pulled down where they attach to the surface skin and deeper tissues. Sculptra is made with poly-L-lactic acid, a common material in dissolvable sutures that jumpstarts collagen production. Over time, this can help lift and firm skin, reducing the appearance of dimples caused by cellulite. Additionally, the process of injecting Sculptra into areas of cellulite can be used to release the fibers under the skin that pull it down and cause telltale dimples. Together, these two effects can be a great way to smooth over your favorite areas with minimal downtime.
Subcision with Radiesse for Acne Scars
This process is similar to cellulite treatment but can address pocketed acne scars instead. Acne scars are formed by large acne cysts that damage the walls of the pore, triggering the skin to begin generating collagen to repair it. Sometimes, the generated collagen is not as smooth and clear as the surrounding skin, resulting in pits or pockmarks in the skin. These can be famously hard to get rid of. Fortunately, a technique called subcision can be used to break up the tissue under the skin that keeps acne scars pulled downward (with the help of a local anesthetic). This can be paired with Radiesse, a dermal filler that can generate new collagen and provide volume to ‘fill in’ acne scars. Paired with the right laser and skincare treatments, this can be an extremely effective way to reduce the appearance of acne scars.
For patients looking for improvement in facial features, cosmetic surgery can be costly and require extensive downtime. With the right cosmetic physician, however, dermal fillers can be an effective option for augmenting and reshaping areas like the nose (non surgical nose filler) and chin. These two areas can have a large impact on your overall look and profile, especially if they are weak or under-projecting, so it’s common to look for the best options. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers like Juvéderm® or Restylane® be used to artistically craft a better, more flattering profile with no downtime and results that last for around one year.
Kybella® for Jowls
Kybella® is one of the most effective options for reducing a double chin without downtime or surgery. It’s made with synthetic deoxycholic acid, which is normally found in the digestive system to aid in fat breakdown. When injected into fatty areas like the chin, it can gradually melt fat with regular treatment sessions. Kybella can also be an effective option for jowls— these often appear because the fat of the face falls forward over time and sags, bringing the skin with it. By injecting a small amount of Kybella in this area, the fat can be reduced for smooth, jowl-free skin.
One area where aging can begin to show before any other is the hands. This is because most people neglect sunscreen and skincare on their hands, meaning they can begin to become thin and aged more quickly than areas like the face. Although fat transfer is a traditional option, this can be more invasive than many patients are comfortable with. This means that fillers can be an excellent option, specifically with Radiesse. Along with adding volume, Radiesse can stimulate new collagen in the skin for long-lasting volume even after the product has been metabolized.
Botox® for Jawline Slimming and Lip Flip
Botox has a multitude of uses, both medical and cosmetic. Although it’s most common as a cosmetic treatment for wrinkles in the upper face, there are a lot more options with the right cosmetic physician. Botox works by blocking chemical signals from the brain that often cause movement in the muscles of the body. This process is called neuromodulation, and it’s extremely effective and safe. For patients who grind their teeth or tense their jaw constantly, jawline Botox can be an option to relax the jaw muscles and prevent further damage. The result of this bad habit is often a wider jaw from constant tension, meaning Botox can effectively slim the lower face. Another option is the ‘lip flip’ for patients with thin upper lips as a result of genetics or aging. This works by placing a tiny amount of Botox in the muscle at the top of the lip, causing the lip to curl upward. Often, the result is more lip space and a more balanced top to bottom lip ratio. Both of these techniques can last for between three to six months and comes with no downtime versus surgical alternatives.
Despite their ease of access and popularity, injectable treatments still come with risks. That’s why it’s important to partner with a cosmetic physician with the right experience and techniques to achieve the results you’re looking for from advanced injection techniques. More commonly, injectable treatments are available at medical practices with no relation to cosmetic treatments like regular physicians, dentists, and gynecologists. Treatments at these offices tend to correlate with bad results and even bigger risks. At Reflections, we are one of the foremost providers of advanced injection treatments in the greater Martinsville and Livingston areas— and beyond. Our award-winning cosmetic physicians focus solely on cosmetic improvement using the latest and most creative techniques for injectable treatments, stretching the bounds of each option for more variety than what is available at any other cosmetic practice. We pride ourselves on being able to offer non-surgical injectable alternatives for the treatment package that fits you and your goals best.
Injectables can do a lot in the right hands. During a consultation at Reflections, we can assess your ideal improvements and create the right treatment options with the best in fillers and neuromodulators so you can avoid the downtime and high costs associated with surgery. To meet with our expert team and discuss your best options for injectable treatments and your cosmetic goals, contact our Martinsville and Livingston offices by calling or filling out our online form.