Get Ready For The Holidays with Injectables

The holidays are all about celebrating and spending time with friends and family, which means your social calendar is probably going to be packed during the next few months. And let’s be honest – when it comes to holiday parties, you want to look great. For some, substituting cosmetic procedures for sleep and a healthy diet is an option. But not everyone has the luxury of being able to take time off to recover from a nip and tuck.

Well, now you don’t have to.

Injectables make it possible to look your best during this festive season without having to take time off for recovery or extended downtime. From smoothing out lines and wrinkles to getting the plump lips you’ve always wanted, this versatile cosmetic treatment can be totally customized to achieve your aesthetic goals.

To get your best “I woke up like this” face this season, read on to learn how injectables will make sure you’re ready to take on the holidays while looking naturally refreshed and rejuvenated.

Injectables: What Are They?

When people say “injectables,” they’re referring to injectable cosmetic treatments that are primarily used to correct wrinkles and fine lines, or to rejuvenate areas that have lost volume. There are two main types of injectables: those that contain botulinum toxin type A (Botox and Dysport) and dermal fillers (Juvéderm, Restylane, and Perlane). Below, we’ll take a look at how these injectables work and how they can help you look your best during the holidays.

Injectables With Botulinum Toxin

Botulinum toxin type A is a neurotoxin that is essentially a highly refined and produced version of Clostridium botulinum, a naturally occurring bacterium. Although it might sound scary, injectables containing this neurotoxin are completely safe and they have been approved by the FDA for cosmetic use.

When injected, Botox uses this neurotoxin to cause the underlying muscles beneath wrinkles to relax, making it especially effective against “dynamic wrinkles,” or wrinkles caused by repeated movement. In other words, once the muscle relaxes, the wrinkle softens.

Botox can provide the following benefits:

  • Reduces the appearance of forehead lines, horizontal lines between the brows (“11 lines”), crow’s feet, “bunny lines” on the nose, and more
  • Treatment is non-invasive and requires practically no downtime
  • Injections can be completed in minutes

Dysport is very similar to Botox, and it also uses botulinum toxin type A to relax the muscles under wrinkles. However, the protein used in Dysport is slightly smaller than that of Botox, so it may produce results more rapidly than Botox. The results from Dysport typically show up a day or two faster than Botox, but for people with busy schedules, this can make all the difference.

Dermal Fillers

Juvéderm, Restylane, and Perlane are all made from hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance found in all living organisms. Instead of relaxing the underlying muscles, fillers work by filling in stubborn surface depressions like nasolabial folds, marionette lines, furrows, and vertical lip lines.

But they’re not just limited to treating lines and wrinkles. Fillers are also excellent options for restoring areas that have lost volume (like the hollows under the eyes), sculpting the cheek area for a more defined look, plumping up the lips, and filling in deep-pitted acne scars.

Patients can expect the following benefits from dermal fillers:

  • Little to no downtime
  • Quick treatment
  • Smooths away stubborn lines and wrinkles
  • Can improve pitted acne scars
  • Can help you achieve plump lips
  • Restores volume and can sculpt areas of the face

Injectables for the Holidays: What You Need to Know

Your Treatment Session

When it comes to cosmetic treatments during the holidays, the first question people ask is: How long is it going to take? Fortunately, your treatment for injectables will only take between 10-60 minutes, depending on the part of the face being treated.

During the treatment, a mild anesthetic will be used to numb the injection sites. Once your injections are made, you can resume your regular schedule. The beauty of injectables is that they require virtually no downtime. You may experience minor swelling, redness, or bruising, but this should subside quickly, and makeup can be applied immediately after your treatment.

When Will I See Results?

The full results of Botox and Dysport will take a week or two to become totally apparent. In the case of dermal fillers, your results can be seen pretty much immediately. But in general, it’s best to schedule your treatments a week or two before any social engagement, just in case you have bruising or swelling for an unusually long time.

How Long Will My Results Last?

You can expect to enjoy the results of Botox and Dysport for about three-to-eight months. Depending on the treatment area, results from Restylane will last for around three-to-nine months. Juvéderm lasts between four-to-six months, but patients can expect even longer results from Juvéderm Voluma XC. Perlane lasts for about six months to a year.

So, when you stay up all night wrapping presents or binge-watching your favorite holiday movies, your face won’t give you away this year. With injectables, you can still maintain a refreshed look without disrupting your busy schedule, allowing you to focus on what matters: spending quality time with friends and family. And of course, looking good for those holiday party selfies.

Ready to get a head start this season? To schedule an appointment for injectables in San Francisco, contact Dr. Seth L Matarasso today at (415) 362-2238.