In the last few years injectables have become extraordinarily popular among both men and women. Although dermal fillers and neurotoxins are typically discussed during the same conversation, and both treatments require injections, the similarities stop there.
There are basically two types of injectables: Neurotoxins which relax muscles; and Dermal fillers which restore volume and are injected directly into the problem areas.
How Neurotoxins work:
Neurotoxins such as Botox, Xeomin and Dysport treat the wrinkles of the forehead and eyes (crow’s feet). They stop the small muscle contractions that cause facial wrinkles. They do this by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles, so that the injected muscles can no longer contract. This causes the wrinkles to relax, soften, and over time, even disappear entirely.
Soft Tissue fillers:
The soft tissue fillers restore volume and are injected directly into the area being treated. The soft tissue filler Dr. Sabry uses will depend on the degree and depth of correction you want. An additional consideration will be the length of time – a few months to roughly two years – you want the correction to last. In some cases patients want to ‘try out’ their new look with a substance that reabsorbs quickly before opting for a longer lasting option.
- Hyaluronic Acid-Based Fillers
- Collagen-Based Fillers
- Semi-Permanent Fillers
- Permanent Fillers
- Filler injections are quick and only require a topical anesthetic at most
- Results are immediate and there is little to no downtime
- Fillers provide a subtle look that can be adjusted to meet your aesthetic needs
- Frown lines
- Crows Feet
- Neck bands
- Deep-set eyes
- Nasolabial folds
- Droopy corners of the mouth
- Upper Lip lines
- Thinning lips
- Sunken acne scars
- Back of the Hands
- Non surgical nose correction
- Chin augmentation
After a thorough assessment and conversation about your goals Dr. Sabry will recommend a treatment plan. His approach is typically incremental so that improvements are gradual, natural, and well-controlled. You will be advised to avoid aspirin, Motrin, and similar blood-thinning products for 8 days prior to injections to minimize risk of bruising.
Injectable sessions may last up to 45 minutes depending on the area being treated. Dr. Sabry almost exclusively uses disposable blunt cannulas for fillers and not needles to minimize discomfort and bruising. These are also ‘safer’ procedures, particularly around the eyes. In most cases, there is no bruising at all. Should small bruises occur, they can be easily covered with makeup.
Many patients will either return to work or to social activities within hours of their injections. One exception would be lip enhancement, which will result in some noticeable swelling for one or two days.
Commonly used injectables in Dr. Sabry’s practice:
Juvéderm™ – Ultra, Ultra Plus, XC, Voluma XC
Restylane™ – Lyft and Silk
Autologus cell therapy (Fat and PRP)