Many patients who are looking to improve or freshen their look seek non-surgical options. The benefit of this type of treatment is that procedures are often less costly, carry lower risks, and may require little or no downtime. . Though results are typically not permanent, cosmetic injections are a great way for patients to become introduced into the world of cosmetic enhancement. There are a number of different cosmetic injections available to suit various patients’ needs.
• Botox (Onabotulinum Toxin A) – Botox, which is often thought of as the original cosmetic injectable, works by blocking the messages sent to muscles that causes them to contract. When these muscles do move in a certain way, wrinkles are produced; when chemically relaxed, wrinkles are lessened or eliminated. Dr. Bustillo commonly uses Botox at his Miami cosmetic surgery practice to address dynamic wrinkles like horizontal forehead lines, glabellar wrinkles, and crow’s feet.
• Dysport (Abobotulinumtoxin A) – Dysport is a newer injectable than Botox. In very small clinical trials, Dysport has outperformed the results of Botox. According to ABC News Online, some doctors and patients may prefer one injection over the other, though Botox continues to be more trusted due to its long-term use in the cosmetic industry. Dr. Bustillo performs both Dysport and Botox injections in the office setting at his Coral Gables plastic surgery practice and treatment takes just ten minutes or so to perform.
• Xeomin (Incobotulinumtoxin A) – Xeomin is another recent alternative to Botox injections that is now being used for glabellar lines, or those found in between the eyebrows. One advantage to its formulation is that patients are less likely to develop a resistance to the effects of Xeomin shots.
• Juvederm – Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Juvederm Ultra XC and Juvederm Ultra Plus XC (Hyaluronic Acid) – Hyaluronic acid fillers last about six months. Juvederm Ultra has a thinner consistency than Juvederm Ultra Plus, so the second formulation will create more dramatic results and can be used in more severe facial skin folds. Juvederm Ultra XC and Juvederm Ultra Plus XC are similar to Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Ultra Plus in the viscosity of the substance, but they both contain lidocaine, which helps treat any pain associated with the injection. Dr. Bustillo commonly uses hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm and Restylane to treat tear troughs, nasolabial folds and marionette lines and to add fullness to thin lips.
• Restylane (Hyaluronic Acid) – Restylane is another dermal filler with a hyaluronic acid base, yet not as thick as competing formulas. Doctors may prefer to inject this material into more shallow lines and wrinkles for a more natural effect.
• Perlane (Hyaluronic Acid) – Perlane is preferred over Restylane by some because patients may show longevity in their improvement. It is also thicker, which is perhaps why it is thought to perform better.
• Radiesse (Calcium Hydroxylapatite) – This is really a facial volumizer rather than a dermal filler. For this reason, Dr. Bustillo prefers to use this to treat very deep nasolabial folds and for cheek augmentation. When used in this fashion, it provides excellent and natural results.
To learn more about injectable treatments and other procedures designed to enhance and rejuvenate your appearance, call Dr. Andres Bustillo at his Coral Gables plastic surgery practice at (305) 663-3380. Dr. Bustillo is a renowned South Florida facial plastic surgeon known for producing beautiful, long-lasting results.