Injectables have revolutionized the practice of plastic surgery. Currently, cosmetic injections are the most common procedures performed in plastic surgery. The term ‘injectable’ is used to refer to products that are injected into or underneath the skin. The two major categories of cosmetic injectables used in plastic surgery practices are neurotoxins and fillers.
The most common and well known neurotoxin is Botox. Botox is used to temporarily weaken or paralyze muscles. The product is injected into specific muscles in order to reduce the movement of these muscles. By reducing movement of these muscles, the wrinkles caused by these muscles are diminished or eliminated. The effects of Botox last for about 3 months. Botox may be injected into a variety of muscles depending on the concerns of the patient.
Fillers are the other type of injectable used for facial rejuvenation or enhancement. Facial fillers are placed into areas where volume has been lost, such as the cheeks, nasolabial folds, or wrinkles of the face. Facial fillers may also be placed in areas where the patient desires greater volume, such as the lips. There are many different fillers available. The most popular fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, such as Juvederm or Restylane. These fillers provide immediate improvement when injected by a skilled surgeon.