Cosmetic Injections 101: Everything You Need to Know

Cosmetic Injections 101: Everything You Need to Know

Mar 01, 2021

Our skin elasticity reduces as we age and start to fold and form lines and wrinkles. Other factors like over-exposure to UV light speed up the aging process. The UV light breaks down the collagen and elastin fibers that are found in the deep layers of the skin. Without collagen and supporting tissues, the skin will lose strength and flexibility. This causes sagging and the premature formation of wrinkles. Smoking and repeated facial expressions also accelerate the process of wrinkling.

While you may not have control over the aging process, you can reduce the wrinkles and smoothen your face with cosmetic injections. Before you visit your doctor or dentist near you for your cosmetic procedure, here is some information:

What are Cosmetic Injections?

Cosmetic injections are substances that are injected into the face to reduce the lines and wrinkles. Botox and dermal fillers are the two available injections used to improve your skin appearance.

1. Botox

Botox is an injection that can reduce the wrinkles in the skin.

It is a protein made from Botulinum toxin that is produced by the Clostridium botulinum. The component used in Botox is a toxin that can paralyze the muscle. But, our dentist in Huntington, NY, will use small doses to reduce the wrinkles and lines.

Botox is also approved by the FDA as a treatment for various health issues like excessive sweating and eyelid spasms.

The dentist or doctor will inject a very thin needle into the affected muscles to soften the facial lines. The injections improve the frown lines between the eyebrows, forehead lines, and lines in your throat or neck.

2. Dermal fillers

Dermal fillers are substances with a gel-like consistency that are injected into the skin. These fillers address several issues like deep under-eye circles, smoothening lip lines, lifting cheekbones, and rejuvenation of the hands.

Dermal fillers are substances that are either synthetic or natural. These substances are available in different types such as:

  • Hyaluronic acid is the most commonly used filler. It is found in some fluids and tissues in the body and it adds plumpness to the skin.
  • Calcium hydroxylapatite is found in bones
  • Polylactic acid stimulates the production of collagen.

Each of these fillers is used in different stages and signs of aging. They also differ when it comes to how they work and how long they last. Some of these fillers can last for six months and others up to two years.

Who Can Do Cosmetic Injections?

Getting Botox or Dermal fillers from unlicensed clinics or medical practitioners increasing your risk of getting botched. Cosmetic injections should be done by licensed and experienced dentists, doctors, or nurses. You need to check the licensing of the clinic before you go for your treatment.

While we are still in the eligibility criteria, you need to be of legal age to have cosmetic injections done. Botox and dermal fillers are also recommended for people who have wrinkles and facial lines.

Do The Injections Hurt?

Our dentist in Main St. Huntington is trained and skilled and therefore the injection is quick. Also, the needles are fine and small and do not cause discomfort. However, you will feel a slight pinprick sensation and can be a bit uncomfortable rather than painful.

How Long Do the Injections Last?

The duration of the treatment will depend on the type of injection you get. Botox, on average, can last for three to four months, but some people can last for four to six months. Also, remember if it is your first time, you may notice that the Botox may not last as long as the second treatment.

Are Cosmetic Injections Safe?

Botox and dermal fillers are safe when used in the correct dosage. After the treatment, you may notice skin redness and swelling around the treated area. You may also experience minor bruising and mild headache, but this clears after a while. It is important to avoid alcohol or strenuous activities for 24 hours following the treatment.

Schedule an Appointment

Visit Smile Huntington clinic for more information on cosmetic injections, how they work, and the expected side effects. Our dentist at Smile Huntington, also cater patients from Huntington Station, Lloyd Harbor, Cold Spring Harbor, and surrounding communities. Call us now to book an appointment with our expert dentist near you.