Which Facial Filler is Right for You?

Which Facial Filler is Right for You?

The decision to undergo a cosmetic procedure is always a difficult one. There are endless questions you will want to have answered before you even walk into your doctor’s office. Questions regarding pain, scarring, bruising, and downtime are simply natural. Cosmetic facial fillers in Denver finally offer a simple solution.

In the past, any sort of cosmetic facial surgery left bruises and required downtime. As a result, it was immediately clear when a patient had work done. This opened them up to the potential for criticism. In a society that did not yet understand the value of self-love and how minor procedures help people maintain a positive relationship with themselves, the choice to pursue cosmetic surgery was further complicated.

Fortunately, the 21st century is allowing our society to evolve in more ways than one. As people become more supportive of their friends and family members who choose to address the physical areas that make them most self-conscious, technology is also giving us new, less invasive ways to make those small tweaks that allow you to smile when you see yourself in the mirror every morning.

What is a Facial Injectable?

Facial Injectables come in three core forms: fillers, proteins, mild neurotoxins, and mild acids. It sounds a little scary at first, but all are FDA approved and perform specific functions based on your individual needs.


Injectable facial fillers, such as those present in the Juvéderm line of products, subtlety plump up areas of the face that have lost their elasticity. The lips, cheeks, and nose are some of the most common places where fillers can be administered.

Facial fillers in Denver can also be artistically applied to the nose in a way that mimics a nose job with no invasive surgery. They can even be applied to the under-eye area to reduce the appearance of bags under your eyes.

According to the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, treatment only takes 10-20 minutes, depending on the number of sites requiring injection. You can go back to work immediately afterward. It is best to avoid the sun and strenuous activity for twenty-four hours if you’re going to achieve the best results.

Unfortunately, there is a cost to facial fillers, they don’t last forever. Typically, your results will last between a few months and a year. This depends on the procedural site and the amount of injectable used. However, with another 10-20 minute session, you’ll be right on track.

Botulinum Toxin, Dysport, and Jeuveau

These three fall under the scope of mild neurotoxins. All are FDA approved and simply function to relax the muscles in your face. By preventing the contraction of the facial muscles, these three products work to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Botulinum Toxin is technically a toxin produced by a bacteria known as clostridium botulinum, and it works by temporarily paralyzing the over-active muscles that give your wrinkles prominence. Despite its odd origins, Botulinum Toxin is perfectly safe in the hands of an experienced cosmetic surgeon. It has even been used to treat a number of serious conditions outside of its cosmetic uses.

Dysport and Jeuveau are both very similar to Botulinum Toxin, as they are derived from the same bacterium. Essentially, they are different brands, but they are some minor differences. Those differences boil down to dosing and molecular size, with little else to differentiate them. Speak to your cosmetic surgeon to determine which product will work best based on your individual needs.

In all three cases, you’ll see your results within a couple of days with no required recovery time. Patients should note that some discomfort during the procedure is normal but minimal. Fortunately, the effects last three to four months, so you’ll get to enjoy your effortless results for a whole season.


As an injectable, Kybella works differently from the fillers and neurotoxins listed above. It actually contains a deoxycholic acid that naturally breaks down fat cells and allows your body to dispose of them. The chin and jaw regions are the most common sites of injection.

Unlike the other treatments featured here, the effects of Kybella are permanent. Fat cells will not be re-created; however, a healthy diet is still required to prevent the growth of any remaining fat cells.

Kybella also takes more than one session. Dr. Michael McCracken prefers to administer between two and four injections at six to eight-week intervals to ensure results at his own Denver office.

Your Body, Your Choice

Whether you’re tired of seeing crow’s feet, laugh lines or a double chin, facial injectables give you real, natural-looking results without the consequences or stigma previously associated with cosmetic procedures. Feel free to speak with Dr. McCracken today about what facial fillers in Denver can do for you.

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