One of the benefits of non-surgical cosmetic services, such as injectable fillers and other injectables, is that they don’t require a lengthy downtime. But the trade off seems to be that they don’t provide permanent results. How long the results will last from a particular treatment depend on the treatment, as well as a few other factors. In some cases, the longevity of the results can influence whether or not you choose one treatment over another.
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BOTOX® is different from the other cosmetic services on this list in a few ways. For one thing, it’s made out of a different material. For another, it treats different types of wrinkles. Botox injections help erase wrinkles and lines created by repeated muscle movements over time, such as the crow’s feet at the corners of your eyes and the two vertical lines between your eyebrows. The treatment works by blocking certain nerve signals, preventing some muscles from moving.
Although exactly how long the results from a single Botox treatment will last varies from person to person, you can generally expect results to last for at least three months. If you like them, you can repeat the treatment to keep your lines from returning.
Belotero is an injectable filler made out of hyaluronic acid. Unlike Botox, Belotero helps minimize the appearance of lines by filling them in. Hyaluronic acid is a smooth gel like substance that boosts volume in the treated area. The formulation of Belotero makes it particularly ideal for injecting into more delicate areas of the face, such as the lines around the lips. Generally, results from Belotero last for at least six months. Many people see results that last for nine months.
Like Belotero, Juvederm is a dermal filler made out of hyaluronic acid. The filler is actually available in a variety of different formulations and thicknesses, depending on where it will be injected and what your goals are. Some formulations of Juvederm are designed to fill in lines and creases. Others are meant to add volume to the cheek area of the face.
Results from Juvederm vary from patient to patient and depend on the type of product used. Typical results can last anywhere from six months to more than a year.
Like Belotero and Juvederm, Radiesse helps to fill in lines and creases on the face. Unlike those two fillers, it’s made of a synthetic calcium. It also acts slightly differently. The injectable works first by adding immediate volume to the treated area. Next, it stimulates collagen production, so that results last longer, even after the initial filler has worn off. Radiesse is considered a semi-permanent filler, meaning it often lasts for longer than a year, and in some cases as long as 18 months.
Wondering which cosmetic treatment will work best for you? Make an appointment with a cosmetic doctor today to discuss your options in full detail.