Fine lines and wrinkles are easy tells of age, and all of us, at some point, will develop them. This is a hard truth to bear, but there are ways to be proactive against the effects of aging. One great way to regain facial volume and tighten skin, for example, is a type of injectable called a facial filler.
Facial fillers are a strikingly simple way to eliminate wrinkles. They are solutions made of special proteins and neurotoxins that work to tighten skin, destroy fat cells, and restore facial volume. One common filler ingredient is a sugar molecule called hyaluronic acid (made up of d-glucuronic acid and N-acetyl-d-glucosamine). In 2003, the FDA approved the compound for use on wrinkles, and since then, it has restored the facial balance of millions worldwide. The best part? Its results last anywhere from 6 months to a year.
Hyaluronic acid is also present in the body—more specifically, in the synovial fluid, which reduces friction between the bones and cartilage and prevents pain that such friction can cause. Because the body cannot produce this fluid without water, those who do not hydrate enough experience achy joints and osteoarthritis; on the contrary, if someone produces too much synovial fluid, they may contract rheumatoid arthritis. Those diagnosed with osteoarthritis can luckily visit their doctor for hyaluronic acid injections into the joints.
Hyaluronic acid has many amazing properties. It can retain up to 1000 times its own weight in water, which means that one gram can hold up to six liters of water. And in addition to protecting the face and joints and smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, it can hydrate the skin, eliminate acne, and promote the creation of collagen. For these reasons, it is not only used in in injectables, but also in pills, serums, and topical oils.
Another commonly used facial filler—and one of the most popular beauty products on the market—is BOTOX. Approved by the FDA in 1989, BOTOX has become a household name not only because of its astounding anti-aging properties, but also its ability to treat conditions like strabismus, chronic migraines, and axillary hyperhidrosis.
Wrinkles and folds, like crow’s feet and frown lines, form because we constantly contract our facial muscles. BOTOX blocks nerve signals from the muscles and causes them to relax. This both smooths current wrinkles and prevents others from forming in the future. When BOTOX is injected for the purpose of facial rejuvenation, results can last about 3 to 6 months, but it can also treat such problems as crossed eyes, excessive sweating, chronic migraines, and overactive bladders.
- Crossed eyes,or strabismus, is a condition that affects roughly 4% of the population. It can either be a slight hindrance or an issue that completely obscures vision. Scientists first discovered, in 1989, that BOTOX could treat this problem.
- Around 5% of people experience axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating), but largely due to embarrassment, less than half actually speak to their doctor about it. In 2004, BOTOX was FDA-approved to treat this condition.
- When some patients reported that their migraines had improved after injection, medical professionals discovered that BOTOX blocks the signals of neurotransmitters that cause pain in the head. In 2000, BOTOX was officially introduced as a treatment for chronic migraines.
- Roughly 43% of people have an overactive bladder but are either unknowingly suffering from it or are reluctant to discuss it with their physician. In 2011, BOTOX was approved by the FDA as a treatment for overactive bladder syndrome. It is injected directly into the bladder muscle, where it blocks the nerve signals that cause spasms and discomfort.
If you are interested in facial fillers, you should entrust your skin to a doctor with the experience to provide the best facial fillers results possible. Take top New York facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Andrew Jacono, for example, who runs the J Spa Med Spa in Long Island, New York. Take control of your face and fight against aging today by calling (516) 773-2424!