Injectables are the cutting edge of Medical Aesthetics and the news is out. A decade ago, Botox was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use and now dominates the neurotoxin market (US competitors include Dysport and Xeomin). The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported 5.7 million procedures in 2011, and the Botox Cosmetic Homepage reports over 11 million users. Neurotoxins erase fine lines and wrinkles by immobilizing the muscles into which they are injected. Generally, neurotoxins are appropriate for the top third of the face. If your areas of concern are forehead wrinkles, “angry 11’s” between the eyebrows, or crows-feet, neurotoxins relax away these wrinkles with results lasting between 3-4 months.
Dermal Filler restores volume and is typically used to treat the bottom half of the face. Juvaderm,Restylane, Radiesse, Perlane and Sculptra are the brand names that you have heard of (and are even beginning to run television commercials). The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported 1.9 million procedures in 2011 and the pleasingly plump cheeks of many 50+ celebrity women in the tabloids speak volumes for volumizing. Dermal Fillers can plump your pout, fill in deep creases in laugh lines or marionette lines and add volume to your cheeks. Considering that most Dermal Fillers last up to 6 months or more, it’s clear that Dermal Fillers are just as popular as neurotoxins.
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