What are the 3 Types of Cosmetic Injectables?
The three types of cosmetic injectables share a method of administration, but they work very differently. All three can play a role in your anti-aging management.
Botox® and its relatives are called neurotoxins because they use a compound called botulinum toxin. Botox® works on dynamic lines and wrinkles, which are formed by muscles pulling on the skin. It interferes with signals from the facial nerves to the target muscles, telling them to stop contracting. This allows the skin to relax and become smooth. Results appear in a few days and will last three to four months.
Dermal fillers add volume to the face, enhancing facial features or plumping away lines and wrinkles. The Juvederm® family of products includes several types of fillers designed for different areas of the face. Juvederm® fillers use hyaluronic acid, a complex molecule that helps hold onto moisture in the skin. Depending on the formula, results can last anywhere from six months to two years.
Kybella® is the first FDA-approved treatment for submental fat (fat under the chin). When injected, it uses deoxycholic acid, a molecule used in the digestive system, to break down fat cells. The body will remove these fat cells over a few months. Since fat cells do not grow back, Kybella®’s results will last indefinitely as long as you maintain healthy body weight. This non-surgical method of removing a double chin continues to increase in popularity.