Cosmetic injectables like Botox and dermal fillers provide anti-aging results quickly and with little or no downtime. One drawback of injectables is the results are temporary, as the body eventually metabolizes the product. Because of this, patients that want to maintain the effects of treatment benefit from regular appointments.
Here, Dr. Michael McCracken of McCracken Eye and Face Institute explains how often the average Botox or fillers patient schedules treatment. Keep in mind that everyone tolerates these products differently, so there may be some slight variation to the longevity of the results. Also, how often you schedule treatment depends on your personal preference.
Botox is a neuromodulator designed to smooth dynamic wrinkles from contraction of facial muscles. Within a week of a treatment, patients should see a visible improvement in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. These results typically last up to four months, at which point Botox treatment should be repeated.
Restylane and Perlane
Restylane and Perlane are hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers that restore volume to the skin and smooth out deeper wrinkles and folds. Dr. McCracken often uses Restylane under the eyes to reduce the appearance of bags under the eyes. The results of these fillers tend to last from six months to a year.
Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Ultra Plus
Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Ultra Plus are also hyaluronic acid fillers designed to smooth deeper wrinkles and folds and restore smooth, natural looking contours to the face. Their results last a bit longer — from six months to a year.
Juvederm Voluma XC
Juvederm Voluma XC is the first dermal filler specifically designed to add volume and slight lift to the cheek area. Results can last up to two years.
Juvederm Volbella XC
Volbella, another product from the Juvederm family, is designed to plump thin or flat lips and minimize fine lines around the lips. Dr. McCracken also uses Volbella under the eyes to reduce baggy lower eyelids. Results usually last up to a year.
Juvederm Vollure XC
Vollure, which was recently approved by the FDA to smooth moderate to severe nasolabial folds and similar facial wrinkles, can produce long-lasting results. Clinical studies showed the improvements last up to 18 months.
Kybella is injected similarly to Botox and dermal fillers, but it has a unique and specific purpose: to eliminate excess fat underneath the chin with an ingredient called deoxycholic acid. Kybella requires several treatment sessions — usually two to four, spaced six to eight weeks apart — to see desired results. Some patients may need six sessions to see results. However, once the desired outcome has been achieved, it should be permanent.
For more information about any of the injectable products mentioned in this post, please contact McCracken Eye and Face Institute by calling (720) 851-6600 or sending us an email.