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Douglas A. Taranow, DO, FACOS

The Difference Between Facial Injectables


Posted July 19, 2017 in Injectable Fillers

Woman Getting Facial Filler InjectionsMost people are familiar with injectable facial fillers and their effectiveness in targeting signs of aging. Injectable options are specialized and designed to be individualized to the patient and their goals. Patients can achieve quick results without ever having to go near an operating table. We all live busy lives and want an immediate fix to our aging troubles, and injectables can provide that with minimal downtime and pain. In fact, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery statistics, injectables had a 10 percent increase in 2016. More people want to look younger and achieve beautiful results without having to face surgical knives, long recoveries, and scarring. Patients who are in good health and have realistic expectations may be ideal candidates for injectables. If you are interested in injectable treatments, the next step is deciding on what option is right for you. It all depends on what a patient is hoping to achieve and what area of the face they would like to target.

Deciding on the Right Facial Injectable for You

Injectables are excellent treatments to provide safe, quick, and effective results. There are a variety of treatments available that can be performed alone or combined for optimal results. The following injectables are offered and administered by Dr. Taranow:

  • JUVÉDERM®: This non-animal biodegradable gel is composed of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body. Results last approximately six months.
    • Can target:
      • Creases in the cheeks
      • Marionette lines (lines around the mouth)
      • Loss of volume in the lips
  • JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC: This injectable filler is made of hyaluronic acid designed to lift and contour the midface and may be used to help with the appearance of aging hands. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC can be administered to achieve age-reversing results, lasting up to one year.
    • Can target:
      • Loss of volume in the cheeks, chin, and jawline
      • Hollows under the eyes and at the temples
      • Creases in the cheeks
      • Aging hands
  • RADIESSE®: Comprised of calcium hydroxylapatite acid (CaHA) microspheres suspended in an aqueous gel carrier, RADIESSE® is designed to provide immediate volume by stimulating collagen production. Results can last one year or more.
    • Can target:
      • Nasolabial folds
      • Loss of shape in the chin, cheeks, nose, brows, and jawline
      • Fine lines and wrinkles
      • Aging hands
  • BOTOX® Cosmetic: This injectable composed of botulinum toxin type A works by inhibiting the muscle movement that causes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Results are known to last three to six months.
    • Can target:
      • Crow’s feet near the eyes
      • Forehead creases
      • Frown lines

If you are interested in learning more about injectables, our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Taranow, can help you decide on the right treatment for you. Schedule your consultation today! Contact us by calling (212) 772-2100 or by filling out our online contact form.