One day you might look into the mirror and barely recognize the person staring back at you. As we age, our body produces fewer amounts of what it needs. Cell regeneration is decreased and older skin cells stay on our skin longer. These older cells can show up as facial aging and appear as dark spots, wrinkles, and sagging skin.
Unfortunately, facial aging is not usually appealing. And it makes sense to want to minimize these physiological changes or at least the appearance of these changes.
One way to reduce the signs of facial aging is through anti-aging injections. Injections like Botox, which is one of the most common forms of anti-aging facial injections, and dermal fillers can give your face’s skin a second lease on life. Injections have the power to smooth out wrinkles, boost collagen production, and reduce the signs of thinning skin.
Read on to learn about the common facial aging injection types and 7 injections to reduce facial aging.
Types of Facial Aging Injections
While there are a number of injections available for facial aging, they usually come in two forms: neurotoxin proteins and dermal fillers. Each does different things physiologically but might show similar-looking facial aging benefits.
For example, both types of injections can smooth out the skin and decrease the sign of wrinkles. However, dermal fillers will also make the skin look plumper and add volume. Dermal fillers are great for someone who has thinning, sagging, or gaunt skin.
At the neurological level, Botox blocks the neurotransmitter functions, allowing the facial muscles to relax and thereby decreasing the appearance of wrinkles on the face.
For facial aging, neurotoxin proteins are usually injected into crow’s feet (which is the skin at the corner of the eyes), on the forehead (frown lines), and around the mouth.
Neurotoxin injections might provide the following benefits:
- Reduce wrinkles
- Crow’s feet
- Forehead furrows
- Frown lines
- Fine lines
- Lip lines
- Bunny lines
- Lift corners of the mouth
- Soft the chin and jawline
Dermal fillers are hyaluronic acid-based fillers that plump up the cheeks, lips, and skin, smoothing it out in the meantime. Since hyaluronic acids are naturally occurring in the skin, and in the connective tissue, this is a very organic method of improving facial aging.
Benefits of dermal fillers include:
- The organic filler uses an acid already produced in the skin
- Does not affect neurons like other injections
- Creates plump skin and smoothness
- Can add volume in addition to removing wrinkles and other facial aging signs
- Fairly affordable
Like all injectables, the dermal filler procedure takes less than an hour, has minimal downtime, minimal side effects, and is very affordable. The effects might take a week to show up, but the filler starts to work immediately after the procedure.
Common dermal fillers include Restylane, Restylane Silk, Juvederm, and Belotero.
7 Facial Aging Injection Procedures
If you’re looking for an injection for facial aging, you have a range to choose from. In addition to the neurotoxin injections and dermal fillers listed above, plasma-rich platelets (PRP treatment) and the unique formula in Sculptra can also support facial aging.
Here are 7 injections to consider for facial aging:
One of the most common facial injections, Botox has taken the anti-aging world by storm. A neurotoxin protein, Botox, or Botulinum toxin, prevents the neurons from releasing the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
Outside of aging benefits, Botox might be injected into the head to treat migraine headaches, into the armpit sweat glands to control excessive sweating, or used to treat cervical dystonia, overactive bladder, and more.
Aesthetic improvements include:
- Correcting a gummy smile
- Lifting sagging eyebrows
- Diminishing neck bands
Popular dermal filler Restylane is another injection that can improve the appearance of wrinkles on the face. Restylane is the most popular injectable filler on the market today, due to its efficacy at reducing wrinkles and for lip augmentation.
Restylane injections are placed in the spots which show signs of facial aging, such as the cheeks and forehead. Whether it is due to lost collagen or other tissue, Restylane will smooth out the skin and make it look plumper. Volume is boosted because of the water in the injection.
An injectable cosmetic filler, Sculptra injections can decrease wrinkles, tighten up loose skin, and increase the plumpness of the skin by improving the body’s collagen production.
Sculptra is not a normal dermal filler or Botox injectable. Instead, the Sculptra solution naturally encourages the body to produce collagen and therefore does not metabolize over time. Instead, Sculptra is a longer-lasting solution than other treatments.
- PRP for Facial Aging
Otherwise known as the Vampire Facial, PRP or platelet-rich plasma is a regenerative injection therapy that can reduce the signs of facial aging. Using the patient’s own platelet-rich plasma blood, PRP can encourage new cell regeneration in targeted areas.
PRP therapy for facial aging has been known to improve fine lines, wrinkles, scars, acne, age spots, and sagging skin, among other facial aging concerns.
- MIC Injections
While technically still an injection, MIC, or Methionine, Inositol and Choline, injections do not need to be targeted into the face. MIC injections are injections that a person can take in order to improve their overall metabolism, which allows for greater cell regeneration.
MIC injections might improve facial aging as it allows for more new cells to be produced in the face. However, MIC injections might also improve other signs of aging throughout the body, such as in energy levels, metabolism, and muscle mass and fat ratios.
A powerful dermal filler, Belotero uses hyaluronic acid to rejuvenate the look of your skin, add plumpness and volume, and to reduce the signs of wrinkles. Belotero increases the skin’s ability to act as a cushioning agent and gives your skin some much-needed nutrients, which are optimal for skin health.
One of the biggest benefits of Belotero is that the intensity can be adjusted. This brand is often referred to as a starter filler so that the patient can get used to what a dermal filler would look like and how it would affect their skin.
A targeted injection into the chin, Kybella effectively (and near-permanently) removes the fat cells that are housed under our chin. Through the use of a synthetic form of acid, otherwise known as deoxycholic acid, Kybella is able to naturally break down the fat in this area.
In using deoxycholic acid, Kybella is actually using an acid that is naturally found in the GI tract. Therefore, Kybella is considered to be a natural “fat burner” and destroys the fat cells in this area.
Facial Aging Injections Through ageEnvy
At ageEnvy, we understand what it can be like to go through changes as we age. We want the aging process to be as enjoyable as possible, and sometimes uncertain physiological changes show up on our skin and make us look older and more tired than we appear.
Consider simple and non-invasive anti-aging injections for your facial aging. All of these injections require zero downtown or surgery, and you can go about living your life just after the procedure.
Finding the right type of injection is a process that you can go through with your provider! Your ageEnvy provider can recommend which dermal filler or injection is right for your aging needs, and they can inform you of everything you need to know to get the process started.
See today how quick and effortless facial aging injections can help you on your way to looking, and feeling, younger!