We all want to look beautiful and counter the effects of aging, and one way to do that is through the administration of injectables. Let’s look at what injectables are and how they can benefit you.
What are Injectables?
Injectables are a class of medications and cosmetic treatments used to address a range of medical and aesthetic conditions, administered into the body via injection through various routes depending on the condition being treated. They should be administered by a qualified healthcare professional who has received appropriate training and certification in their use, such as dermatologists, plastic surgeons, nurse practitioners and registered nurses.
Aesthetic Uses for Injectables
Injectables are often used to treat the following:
- Wrinkles and fine lines. Botox, Dysport and Xeomin can be used to temporarily relax the muscles causing dynamic wrinkles, such as frown lines, forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet. Dermal fillers such as Juvaderm, Restylane and Sculptra can be used to fill in static wrinkles and fine lines, and restore facial volume.
- Volume loss. Dermal fillers are used to restore volume to areas of the face that have lost volume due to age or weight loss, such as the cheeks, temples and under-eye region.
- Facial asymmetry. Injectables can be used to corrector enhance facial asymmetry, such as adding volume to one side of the face or correcting a drooping or uneven smile.
- Lip augmentation. Dermal fillers can enhance the size and shape of lips, correct asymmetry and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth.
How Long do Injectables Last?
The duration of injectables depends upon the type use, the amount of product injected, and the individual patient’s metabolism and lifestyle factors. However, most treatments last for several months to a year or more before the effects wear off.
- Dermal fillers can last about 6-9 months, or up to 2 years, depending on the type. In areas with more movement, like the lips, the filler can break down more quickly.
- Botulinum toxin injections can generally last 3-4 months.
- Neuromodulators typically last about 3 months.
Are There Adverse Effects from Injectables?
As with any medical procedure, there is potential for adverse effects and risks associated with the use of injectables. While they are generally safe when administered by a qualified professional, it is important to be aware of potential risks and complications. They can include:
- Bruising caused by damage to small blood vessels under the skin.
- Swelling immediately after treatment or developing over the following days.
- Temporary redness and tenderness at the injection site.
- Rare cases of infection at the injection site.
- Allergic reaction to the ingredients in injectables causing swelling, redness or itching.
- Temporary numbness in the treated area.
- Granulomas, or small lumps under the skin, that may require further treatment.
It is important to discuss any potential risks with our Medspa professionals here at Mira Spa + Salon prior to undergoing treatment. Additionally, be sure to follow all pre- and post-treatment instructions (see our website for details) to minimize the risk of adverse effects. If you do experience any severe or persistent side effects following treatment, be sure to contact us right away.
Mira Spa + Salon’s Injectable Treatments
Here at Mira Spa + Salon, we commonly administer the following injectables:
- Xeomin, a brand name for botulinum toxin type A. It temporarily relaxes muscles, which can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles including moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows, smoothing out crow’s feet or reducing forehead wrinkles. It does not include additives, which may reduce the risk of allergic reactions or resistance to the medication.
- Versa+, a brand name for a line of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers produced by the company Revanesse. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance in the body that helps to keep skin hydrated and plump. Versa+ is a long-lasting and natural-looking filler used to add volume and contour to the face, smooth out wrinkles and fine lines, and enhance facial features.
- Lips+, also a brand name for a hyaluronic acid dermal filler produced by Revanesse. It is specifically formulated to enhance the volume, shape and contour of the lips, and can be used to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth for a natural and long-lasting result.
- RHA or Resilient Hyaluronic Acid, a dermal filler produced by TEOXANE Laboratories designed to mimic the natural HA found in the skin to produce a more natural and long-lasting result as compared to other dermal fillers. It uses cross-linking molecules that create a 3-dimensional meshwork that allows the HA to move and adapt to facial movements while maintaining its structural integrity. Common uses include adding volume and contour to the face, smoothing out wrinkles and fine lines, enhancing the lips, correcting facial asymmetry, and improving the appearance of under-eye circles or hollows.
- Liquid Facelift, a non-surgical cosmetic procedure using dermal fillers and neuromodulators like Botox to rejuvenate and restore volume to the face. Dermal fillers add volume and contour, fill in wrinkles and fine lines, and enhance facial features such as the cheeks, lips and jawline. Neuromodulators relax the muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles like frown lines, forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet. The result is an overall improvement to the skin’s texture and tone, and a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
Set Your Beauty Appointment with Mira Spa + Salon
Our registered nurse will be glad to speak with you about your beauty concerns and design a treatment plan that will produce your desired results. When you’re ready to see the difference, contact us here at Mira Spa + Salon at 571-313-8962, or book your appointment online.
Mira Spa + Salon is open 7 days a week and conveniently located in Reston, Virginia. We look forward to seeing and serving you.