Get The Facts About Three Types Of Cosmetic Injections

Posted on: 19 March 2020


If you are unhappy with the appearance of your face due to wrinkles or fine lines, then you might want to consider getting some cosmetic injections. These procedures are a lot more approachable than cosmetic surgeries. Typically, you can have an injection and go right back to work the same afternoon. One decision you will need to make, however, is which type of cosmetic injection you desire. Here is a look at three common options. 

1. Botox

Botox is perhaps the best-known of all injectable cosmetic treatments. It is made from a toxin secreted by a specific species of botulinum bacteria. When injected into the muscle, Botox paralyzes that muscle temporarily. This helps ease the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Botox is very useful for crow's feet and wrinkles around the lips. You may have some swelling for a day or two after the injection, but your results should be fully apparent about three days after treatment. Botox lasts about three months. 

2. Collagen

Collagen injections are another common choice. They are better at filling deeper wrinkles, such as the folds between your nose and mouth. Collagen injections can also fill in deep scars, such as those left by former acne breakouts. The effects of collagen injections can last one year or longer. The downfall to this option is that the collagen used is usually derived from cow tissue, which means some people react negatively to it. Your doctor may want to test you for allergies before administering the injections.

3. Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a substance that your skin produces naturally but that becomes depleted as you age. If your skin looks thin and saggy overall, this may be the type of injection for you to consider. Your doctor will administer numerous tiny injections of hyaluronic acid throughout the area to be treated. Since this is a substance found naturally in your body, the risk of reaction is very, very small. The effects are immediately apparent but continue to be enhanced for several weeks following treatment. You can expect hyaluronic acid injections to last about three to six months.

In some cases, your doctor may recommend a combination of these injections in order to achieve the look you desire. For instance, they may inject some collagen into the folds beneath your nose and hyaluronic acid in your cheeks where your skin has started to look papery. Work with your doctor to create a personalized treatment protocol. For more information about cosmetic injections, speak with a medical professional.