Pros and Cons of Long-Term Injectables

by Marisa Amorasak

long term injectables

The market for dermal fillers has been growing at a remarkable speed. Just a few years ago, injectables were a relatively new cosmetic alternative to facelifts, fat transfers, and facial implants. Even well-seasoned cosmetic clients weren’t familiar with the idea of a simple syringe making a significant improvement to their crow’s feet, nasolabial folds, and frown lines. Now, products like BOTOX® Cosmetic have become household names and are commonly used by a range of people who want to look younger, fast. There are currently a number of available injectables that are specially formulated to last for an extended period of time—some of them up to three years! These injectables present a fantastic way for people to obtain effective results without the need for surgery or frequent touch-ups. Read on to learn more about long-term dermal injectables, and the pros and cons to each one.

Artefill®. This collagen product is the longest lasting dermal filler available. Composed up 80% bovine collagen and 20% Precision-Filtered Microspheres™, Artefill is FDA-approved for the treatment of nasolabial folds. That’s the vertical lines that run from your nose to your chin and deepen when you smile. Artefill can also be to fill other facial wrinkles, acne scar revision, and lip and chin augmentation. One or two sessions of Artill injections are necessary to achieve the best results. Best of all, Artefill lasts a minimum of five years and in many cases, lasts a lifetime. But given Artefill’s possibly permanent results, it’s important to carefully consider if it’s right for you. Although it doesn’t have the downtime or pain associated with surgery, it may last just as long. Many doctors recommend having other injectables to mimic the effects of Arterfill before committing to Artefill.

Sculptra. Sculptra Aesthetic is well-known throughout the cosmetic community for its lengthy results. Approved by the FDA to treat wrinkles, Sculptra can last between one and three years. It’s made of poly-L-lactic acid (PLL), a natural substance that has a low reaction rate with the skin. The unique thing about Sculptra is that rather than filling the skin with plumpers, the PLL kick-starts a mechanism that makes the skin’s tissues and elastins grow. The “biostimulating” aspect of Sculptra is appealing to many people who want a solution to their wrinkles but don’t like the idea of foreign bodies floating around their bloodstream. The downside to Sculptra is that since the filler forms from your own tissues, it can take between four and six weeks to see results. Sculptra also tends to cost more than other fillers, but many patients find that the end results are worth the price.

Radiesse™. Radiesse is a gel-form dermal filler made up of calcium and phosphate. It’s used to fill in wrinkles and to plump up lips and cheeks. It can also be used underneath the eyes to counteract hollowness and dark circles—a great alternative to blepharoplasty. Radiesse lasts between two and five years. One of the biggest perks to Radiesse is that it’s non-toxic and so no test injections are necessary. Since Radiesse lasts for so long, it’s recommended that patients try a more temporary injectable first before moving onto the long-lasting results of Radiesse.

While long-term injectables offer the piece of mind of permanent or near-permanent results, they should also be considered a serious commitment. It’s important to talk to a certified skincare professional before receiving any type of injectable, particularly ones that can last the rest of your life. Healthy Skin Portal is proud to connect potential patients with reputable aestheticians and plastic surgeons in a nearby area. Contact our representatives today to learn more about long term injectables or to schedule a complimentary consultation!

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