Nonsurgical cosmetic procedures are beneficial in a number of ways. They require less preparation, little to no downtime, and are easier to afford. Nonsurgical procedures also grow in their number of uses each year. New treatments are created or discovered all the time to help patients achieve their ideal look. Injection treatments are one category of nonsurgical procedures that may be used to help patients improve their face as well as their body.
How Injection Treatments Work
Using injections takes more than a needle and some material. It requires strategic planning and careful administration to get it right. Injections also require a trained professional to protect the patient and reduce the risk of complications.
When a patient comes in for an injection treatment, the doctor prepares the injection area first. This often includes numbing the area, which can be achieved with a topical application or local injection. The treatment area is sometimes mapped with small dots on the skin so the doctor can see exactly where the injections go. This area can be mapped at the doctor’s discretion based on their experience or it can be achieved using a template.
Once the treatment area is ready, the patient can sit back and relax. The doctor administers the injections according to the plan, and then it’s all finished! The whole process can take anywhere from a few minutes to a half hour. The total amount of time will depend on the type and number of injections you’re receiving as well as the area being treated. There is little to no downtime after the treatment and most patients are able to return to regular activities quickly.
Injection Treatment Options for the Face
The face is the most common location for injection treatments, which can be divided into broad categories. The first is probably the most recognizable: neuromodulators. This includes Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin. A neuromodulator blocks nerve signals from your brain to prevent your muscles from contracting. Your face has a lot of muscles which create fine lines and wrinkles every time they contract. By blocking those nerve signals, the neuromodulator allows your skin to become smoother. Those lines, in turn, improve. These injections are often used between the eyes and around the forehead.
The next category is soft tissue fillers. These are used in a number of ways, including adding volume to the face, smoothing wrinkles, and boosting your skin’s chemical content. For example, hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane improve smile lines around your mouth. Sculptra and Radiesse are injections which provide significant volume to your face, usually around the cheeks and chin. A number of these injections also provide collagen or boost your body’s production of collagen, which improves the overall condition of your skin. There are many different types of soft tissue fillers available based on your specific needs.
Injection Treatment Options for the Body
Injection treatments for the body aren’t as common as injection treatments for the face, but there are still options for patients. Kybella is probably the most well known. It is specifically designed to treat double chins, which occur when extra fat accumulates under the chin and around the neck. Kybella contains deoxycholic acid, which the body uses to break down fat cells and flush them out of your system.
Varicose veins are another condition that may be treated with injections. These are veins which appear blue in color and are twisted, bent, or crooked. They are typically visible on your lower legs. Sclerotherapy uses injections of a hypertonic saline or a substance called polidocanol to flood the varicose veins. The additional fluid puts pressure on the walls of the veins and eventually causes them to collapse. The veins will close off and fade over time.
Other Nonsurgical Treatments
Injections aren’t the only way to treat a problem without using surgery. There are also many treatments which use energy pulses or lasers to get the job done. These treatments are used often on the face and the body, so you have a number of choices no matter your concerns. Drs. Diane Walder and Stacy Chimento offers a wide variety of injection treatments as well as multiple energy or laser treatments at their office in Miami. They are considered to be one of the leading experts in cosmetic dermatology and are capable of treating many different skin conditions using nonsurgical means.
To schedule a patient consultation with Drs. Walder or Chimento, contact the office at (305) 866-2177.