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An increasing number of men and women are turning to injectables for a more youthful, fresh appearance with fewer lines and wrinkles.
In this guide, we’ll explain the basics of what injectables are and what they do. We’ll also outline the core differences between neuromodulators such as BOTOX® and dermal fillers.
Dermal Fillers Houston: The word “injectables” is actually a broad term that refers to two different subcategories: neuromodulators and dermal fillers.
The core term “injectables” means a chemical substance that is inserted into the skin via injection (with a needle or cannula). Most injectables are used on the face. For example, you might have injectables used on your cheeks to give them more volume, on your lips to give them more plumpness, or between the brows to reduce those pesky two creases that often form there. Of course, there are many other uses for injectables, and you can even use them on your hands or elsewhere on the body in some circumstances.
It’s important to note the difference between neuromodulators and dermal fillers because, although they are similar, they actually treat different signs of aging on the face. Remember, however, that both are considered “injectables.”
Let’s talk about neuromodulators first.
The most popular neuromodulator is BOTOX®. Another one is called Dysport®. Both of these products aim to reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles and creases on the face by blocking nerve signals to the facial muscles. Dynamic wrinkles are those that appear because of repeated facial expressions, like smiling, laughing, or frowning. They include “crow’s feet,” “laugh lines,” and “glabellar lines” (lines between the brows). When the nerve signals are blocked, the muscles become relaxed and smoothed.
Dermal fillers, on the other hand, treat static lines, wrinkles, and loss of volume. These issues occur simply because of aging and gravity. They may be exacerbated by repetitive facial expressions as well.
As the name implies, dermal fillers actually fill in these areas — usually with a substance called hyaluronic acid (HA). This substance is produced naturally in the body, but we tend to lose it as we age. This can cause the face to have a thinned, hollowed-out appearance. With the addition of hyaluronic acid in the cheeks, they appear smoother and plumper. This product is also used in the lips to plump them up and smooth out vertical lip lines.
Dr. Ashley Steinberg offers the following neuromodulators and dermal fillers. During your consultation appointment, she can help you decide which fillers will be right for you. In some cases, a combination of fillers may be used to achieve your ultimate appearance goals.
If you struggle with deep creases on the forehead or between the brows (also known as glabellar lines or the “eleven”), a neuromodulator may be right for you. There are two types of this product that Dr. Steinberg offers, but that’s truly all you need if you decide to go this route.
Dermal fillers or injectable fillers do not freeze lines and creases as neuromodulators do. Instead, they reduce visible signs of aging by filling in wrinkles and “hollow” areas of the face, such as the cheeks and lips. For instance, you can use fillers to enhance and plump thin lips, reduce the appearance of vertical lines on the lips, plump up sunken temples or cheeks, or smooth out creases in the chin. Dermal fillers can also be used on the backs of the hands to give them a smoother, more youthful appearance or in the nose to disguise minor deformities such as a dorsal hump.
There are many types of dermal fillers. Each one is designated to achieve a specific goal on a specific part of the face or body.
How much to dermal fillers cost in Houston?
There is no single price for dermal fillers. You must make a consultation appointment first to find out exactly what types of fillers you’ll need. The overall price may vary, depending on what fillers and how much of each are needed. Filler starts at $750 per syringe, and increases based on type.
How much does BOTOX® cost in Houston?
If BOTOX® can help smooth lines and wrinkles on the face, you’ll need a consultation appointment to know the overall cost of the procedure.
Do dermal filler injectables hurt?
Most of the time, injectables do not hurt. Still, the amount of discomfort you experience may depend on the areas where you are getting injections. If there is any pain during or after your procedure, Dr. Steinberg can offer solutions for improving your comfort.
How long does it take to get injectables?
Most injectables are quick outpatient procedures. Generally speaking, you can expect each appointment to last just twenty to thirty minutes.
Can you have other procedures done while getting injectables?
Generally speaking, if you are interested in getting other cosmetic procedures done — such as face lifts, brow lifts, or neck lifts — you’ll need to book a separate appointment. You can, however, bring these up at your consultation.
Dr. Ashley Steinberg has helped countless patients boost their self-confidence with the use of neuromodulators like BOTOX® and other types of dermal fillers. Her vast experience and attention to detail helps produce natural results, which still allow for normal, seamless expressions and a fresh, youthful glow.
To learn more about what types of injectables may work well for you, contact us today to book a facial fillers consultation appointment.