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Injectables
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Description

Over the years, skin loses its elasticity, and a lifetime of facial movement leaves permanent lines, wrinkles, and creases. Frown lines, laugh lines, and “crows feet” can be frustrating, because they can result in a tired, worried or angry facial appearance. Softening these lines can often be achieved with dermal injectables which relax the underlying facial muscles, causing the skin to become smoother.


Length of Surgery

10-30 minutes


In/Outpatient

Outpatient


Anesthesia

No anesthesia is required


Back to work in...

Immediately


Back to the gym in...

2-3 days


Treatment Frequency

6-12 months


Risks

Bruising, redness, migration of injectable


Cost

$300 to $600 for each treated area


Duration of results:

Up to a year


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Injectables Costs

Treatment with injectables typically costs $300 to $600 per treatment area. The costs for Botox and Dysport depend greatly on the amount of injectable used. A typical treatment requires anywhere from 10 to 25 units of Botox, or 30-70 of Dysport. The per-unit cost for Dysport is about 1/3 the cost of Botox, but it requires more units to achieve the same result. In general, treatment with Dysport is slightly less expensive than treatment with Botox.

Because this procedure is considered a cosmetic treatment, it is not usually covered by insurance, although the cost for injectables is typically much lower than with more invasive options such as a facelift. Some doctors will offer a reduced fee when multiple treatments are purchased at once or set up a payment plan if the cost is more than you can afford to pay all at once.

Am I a candidate for Injectables?

The most common treatment areas include between the eyebrows, next to the eyes, and the forehead. This type of injectable treatment is best used on the lines that are caused by facial expressions. Ideal candidates for injectable treatments are between the ages of thirty and seventy and are not pregnant or breastfeeding.

What are Dermal Injectables?

Dysport has been used in Europe for more than 15 years, although it is the newest cosmetic injectable available in the United States. Botox and Dysport are the only FDA approved cosmetic injectables that work by relaxing the underlying facial muscle. Botox and Dysport dermal injectables are anti-aging and wrinkle reduction products formulated to be injected directly into the facial muscles. Both utilize a refined botulinum type A toxin which works to relax tense facial muscles, resulting in a younger-looking and well-rested facial appearance.

Injectables Steps

The length of treatment time depends on how much Dysport or Botox is being injected into the treated area. It usually takes between ten and thirty minutes, and can be done in a doctor's office or at a medical spa. No anesthesia is required for the injection of either Botox or Dysport, and you'll be able to leave the office as soon as it has been injected.

The amount of botulinum toxin used for each treatment is carefully calculated to provide the desired results. Cosmetic injectables are delivered using a tiny needle to target specific areas of the face.

Injectables Recovery and Healing Steps

Following injectable treatments, patients are able to resume daily activities immediately. No bandaging is required over the treated area, although some patients do wear makeup to camouflage bruising or redness. Some patients take over-the-counter pain killers to reduce headaches following the treatment. To minimize side effects, patients are advised to avoid exercising, rubbing the area, or laying flat for at least four hours.

You'll notice an improvement in facial lines and wrinkles within just a few days. The results with both Dysport and Botox are expected to last about 3 to 6 months.

Injectables Side Effects and Procedure Risks

Both Botox and Dysport are very safe injectables. Possible side effects of Botox and Dysport injectables include mild bruising and soreness at the site of the injection. On rare occasions, injectable treatments can cause headaches or "spread" to other areas of the face, which can cause eyelid drooping or other mild side effects. Other potential side effects, although rare, include localized numbness or burning during and immediately following the injection.

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