Injectables for the First-Timer: What to Know

Injectables for the First-Timer: What to Know

By Clayman | January 8, 2018

The quest for ageless skin can feel like a never-ending search. There seem to be infinite options for products and procedures that claim to erase your wrinkles and restore your youthful glow. Your anti-aging choices range from daily moisturizers to cosmetic surgeries, running the gamut from simple to complex but leaving you unsure of what might work for you. Regardless of where you are on your journey to younger skin, you may have encountered injectable treatments and been intrigued by their promise of quick and noticeable results without undergoing a serious surgery. If you are beginning to consider an injectable treatment for the first time, you can learn more about your options and what to expect with this introduction to injectables from Dr. Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center and Miracle Spa.

Types of Injectables

There are two main types of injectable treatments: neuromodulators and dermal fillers. Neuromodulators are injectable substances like Botox and Xeomin that work on a chemical level to help relax overused facial muscles causing furrows and creases. Dermal fillers come in a variety of brands and formulas and are used to boost volume in areas of sagging and wrinkling skin. Injectables can be used individually or in a combination of treatments to combat signs of aging brought on by more than one cause.


The main ingredient in Botox and Xeomin is called botulinum toxin. It is a naturally-occurring substance that functions as a muscle relaxer, which makes these treatments ideal for worry or frown lines — wrinkles brought on by repetitive facial expressions that leave your fragile facial muscles overworked and furrowed. If the lines on your face make you look angry or worried even when you aren’t, a neuromodulator might be the right choice to restore a neutral expression and erase unwanted creases. Neuromodulators can be used on the face, jowls and neck to combat signs of aging, and have also been used on many other parts of the body to help with muscle spasms or excessive sweating.

These treatments take about 15 to 30 minutes to administer, and about a week before your full results are visible. Your results typically last three to four months, and you can receive regular injections to prevent your wrinkles from returning — there are no negative side effects associated with multiple or long-term neuromodulator treatments, as long as they are administered correctly.

Dermal Fillers

Brand names for dermal fillers include Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse and Belotero. Many fillers on the market today are made with a formula containing hyaluronic acid, a substance found naturally in the body and skin that helps boost volume by providing cushioning in between your cells. Restylane, Juvederm and Belotero are among these hyaluronic acid products. These brands have multiple types (like Restylane Lyft or Silk, or Juvederm XC or Voluma) that are specifically formulated to accomplish different things. Some are geared more towards deep facial wrinkles, some are better-suited for volumizing sagging cheeks or wrinkled hands, and some are created to treat very fine lines around the eyes or mouth without looking overfilled. Radiesse and a few other brand names use a different natural substance called calcium hydroxyapatite, which is a substantive option for hollow cheeks or deep marionette lines between the mouth and chin.

Dermal fillers provide myriad options for people looking to improve the appearance of wrinkles on their face, neck, decolletage or hands. Hyaluronic acid fillers are compatible with nearly every skin type, while calcium hydroxyapatite fillers typically require an allergy test. These fillers take 15 to 30 minutes to administer, and a week or two for your results to appear. Depending on the amount and type of your treatment, your results will last anywhere between six months and a year.

Before You Schedule Your Appointment

Injectables are generally very safe and very effective. However, it is still important that you seek injectable treatments from a highly-qualified aesthetician, preferably a trained medical professional like a plastic surgeon, an aesthetic dermatologist or a licensed and experienced nurse in a surgeon’s or dermatologist’s office. Injectable substances are highly customizable, so they can give you beautiful, natural results that enhance your features; but in the hands of someone who does not know how to use them, they can cause irritation or leave you looking “overdone.”

If you are interested in learning more about injectable treatments and how you can achieve beautiful, natural results, schedule a consultation with Drs. Mark and Loren Clayman at Dr. Clayman’s Plastic Surgery Center and Miracle Spa in Jacksonville, Florida. Call us today at 904-388-6110.