Smoothed lines, plumper lips, and filled hollows are on the wishlist for many women, and all for a good reason. Both genetics and the reality of aging affect us all at different life stages, and injectables are a fairly quick and easy solution to those problems. After an in-depth consultation with Dr. Mason, you will walk out feeling reassured about your cosmetic goals. She will prescribe a surgery plan designed with your health, physical, and mental well-being in mind. There are no one-size-fits-all plans at PPS. Each plan is customized, so rest assured that what is designed for you is designed to deliver you your best results.
There are two main classes of injectables—each address separate problems. Many times women actually benefit from both!
Botulinum toxins (i.e., Botox, Dysport) are used to treat wrinkles caused by facial muscle movement. The most common wrinkles treated are the lines between your eyebrows, across your forehead, and the crows feet. Botulinum toxin works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles that make these wrinkles. This gives you a smooth, well-rested appearance.
Fillers (i.e., Juvederm, Voluma, Restylane, Sculptra) do what the name says: fill! As we age, we tend to lose volume, particularly in the upper part of our face. Fillers can restore a youthful appearance by refilling this volume. They can also be used to fill deeper hollows or lines like the “tear troughs” under the eyes or the nasolabial lines between the nose and mouth. Patients of all ages can use them to plump up areas we wish were fuller, like the lips or cheeks. Areas such as the chin and nose can be augmented, and asymmetries can be corrected.
Women of all ages are great candidates for injectables! Here are some problems that can be treated by different types of injectables.
• Lines between the eyebrows (corrugator lines, or “11’s”)
• Lines across the forehead
• Crow’s feet
• Nose wrinkles (“bunny lines”)
• Downturned corners of the mouth
• “Gummy” smile
• Women who need a slightly more lifted brow, or an improved brow shape
• Loss of upper face (cheek) volume
• Deep lines (nasolabial folds, “marionette lines” between mouth and jaw)
• Wrinkles around lips and mouth
• Indented scars
• Thin lips
• Small chin
• Nose deformity
• Hollow temples
• Tear troughs (hollow under the eye, often with dark circles)
During the initial consultation, you will be asked about your medical history to ensure you are in good health and a candidate for injectables. You will then discuss specific injectables and your cosmetic goals. Dr. Mason will examine you so you can decide together on the right procedures. Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all. Dr. Mason will customize a plan just for you. Normally, your injectable procedure can be done on the same day as your consultation.
Injectables are performed in the office, and no sedation or general anesthesia is required. Although they are not painless, they are very well tolerated, and most people don’t require an additional local anesthetic.
Botulinum toxin – Dr. Mason will examine your face to decide the best areas to treat. She cleans your skin and then uses tiny needles to inject the liquid into the exact spots you need. The whole procedure takes only a few minutes!
Fillers – Dr. Mason will cleanse your skin in the areas you have decided to treat. If needed, she will administer a local anesthetic. However, most of the time, this is unnecessary, and the filler itself has a local anesthetic in it. She will use small needles or a cannula, depending on your particular procedure. The filler is injected into the tissue that needs to be filled. She will “mold” it by pressing on your skin with her finger if necessary. The procedure usually takes a few minutes to half an hour, depending on how many areas you are having treated.
Most importantly, no aspirin or ibuprofen for a week before your procedure. These will increase bruising, so they should be avoided. No dental procedures for 2 weeks before or after any fillers since dental procedures increase the chance of infection. There is always a risk of bruising with these procedures, so we recommend that you do not plan any major social events for 2 weeks after your procedure to make sure any bruises have been resolved. Do not smoke and avoid being around people who are smoking.
Botulinum toxin – “Botox” injections actually do not have immediate results. It takes several days to take effect, so do not fear when you see no difference after leaving the office! As it begins to work, you may find that it works faster in some areas than others. Be patient. You will see the full effect you desire in two weeks or less. Depending on you and which brand of Botulinum toxin you use, results will generally last about 3-6 months.
Fillers – Areas treated with fillers often become very swollen for about the first two weeks after the procedure. Once this resolves, you will see a lasting result. Depending on the filler you receive, it may attract water, making the appearance continue to smooth and improve over time. Fillers last between 6 months and 2 years, depending on which you use.
Do celebrate your decision. Do enjoy your refreshed face. Do allow your confidence to skyrocket!
There are so many different options it can seem overwhelming. The different brands of Botulinum toxin are similar but have variations in the length of effect and price. The filler options differ in what areas of the face they are designed for, how deep they are supposed to be injected, how long they last, and price. For example, Juvéderm Voluma is designed to be injected deep on the cheekbones and lasts up to 2 years, whereas Juvéderm ultra is designed to plump the lips and lasts for 6 months to a year. Dr. Mason will help guide you through and make the decisions that are best for your face.
Yes, you can often have Injectables with another procedure. Talk to Dr. Mason to help make the procedure plan that is best for you. If you want to have a surgical procedure performed, we can do your injectables at the same time while you are sleeping. At Perspectives Plastic Surgery, our goal is for you to have the body you’ve always wanted and the confidence to match. There are many options to achieve this. Talk to Dr. Mason about your goals!
Botox – $550
Dysport – $700
Voluma – $800
Restylane – $550
Juvederm – $650