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Beauty: Plastic Surgery

Injectables: quick facts what are they, should you use them?

Injectables are one of the fastest growing cosmetic treatments in the country. There are many reasons for this trend. They require none or little down time, offer good results and few adverse side effects. Continue below



In addition to that when you compare them to invasive surgeries, they are much cheaper.

The following table lets you take a quick look at the current most popular FDA approved injectables.


Hylaluronic Acid.

Botulinum Toxin

Fat injections

Bovine based collagen

Human based collagen

Calcium Hydorxy-

Name Restylane, Hylaform  Botox and Myobloc Fat Injection Zyderm, Zyplast  CosmoDerm CosmoPlast  Radiance 
What It Is A substance found in all living organisms Botulinum toxin type A - produced by Clostridia Botulinum bacteria.  Fat transfer from one part of the body to another Derived from purified bovine (cow) collagen Derived from human collagen  Synthetic form of material found in bone and teeth

How It Works Adds
Temporarily relaxes the muscle  Adds volume  Adds volume  Adds volume  Adds volume 
Injection Areas  Nasolabial folds, forehead wrinkles, smile lines and lips  Forehead, frown lines, crow's feet and vertical neck bands Nasolabial folds, crow's feet, lips, frown lines, and facial recontouring Nasolabial folds, crow's feet, frown lines, and lips  Nasolabial folds, frown lines, crow's feet, and lips Nasolabial folds, frown lines, crow's feet, and lips
Results 4 months to 1 year: depending on formulation Up to 6 months Highly variable: months to years Up to 6 months Up to 6 months 2 years and
possibly longer
Average Cost * $542  $387 per procedure $1,300 per procedure $389 per procedure Unknown $1119
US Availability Yes – FDA approved  Yes – FDA approved for frown lines; other uses are "off-label" Yes – Does not require FDA approval Yes – FDA approved Yes – FDA approved Yes - cosmetic use "off-lab"
Back To Work  No
Minor: 1-4 days Extensive: 7-14 days No
Possible Reactions  Swelling, redness, and tenderness Bruising, redness, droopy eyelid, flu-like symptoms, headache  Swelling, bruising and lumpiness Slight bruising and allergic reactions Swelling, redness and bruising  Swelling, redness, brusing, and lumpiness 
Does not 
allergy skin
None identified at this time Requires a donor site (i.e., thighs, abdomen, or buttocks) Requires allergy skin test–at least one month wait Does not require allergy skin test Does not require allergy skin test  

* According to ASAPS 2004 Statistics
  Information provided by: American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 

Related articles: Voice lift and brachioplasty
laser Treatments
  Peels Light peels TCA peels  Deep chemical peels
Easy changes to look better
Beauty injections:
Stop the wrinkles (Paralyzing agents such as Botox)  
Fill in wrinkles and folds: dermal fillers  
Temporary dermal fillers
Almost permanent dermal fillers



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