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Injectables 101: Are Neuromodulators and Dermal Fillers Right For Me?


WRITTEN BY: Dermatology
Sunday, July 27th, 2014

As we age, it is common to explore skin revitalization and rejuvenation options to keep a youthful look. Neuromodulators (BOTOX® and Dysport®) and dermal fillers (Juvederm®, Restylane®, Radiesse®, and others) can enhance your skin’s appearance by reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

There are many misconceptions about injectable procedures and their effects on the body. Before deciding if these treatments are right for you, check out these facts recommended by our experts at the UPMC Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Center.

What Are the Main Benefits and Results?

Bone volume and fat in the face and neck naturally decrease with age. Injectable treatments — like neuromodulators and dermal fillers — can combat these natural losses to restore a more youthful, balanced look. Patients are often very satisfied with the results of these nonsurgical options and continue to receive treatments to maintain their desired facial aesthetic.

What Is the Difference Between the Types of Injections?

Neuromodulators, including BOTOX and Dysport, relax muscles to reduce fine lines and wrinkles in the face and neck. These treatments can help combat smile lines, forehead lines, and other wrinkles associated with age.

In contrast, dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, and many others, replace lost volume to rejuvenate and lift certain sections of the face. These treatments may also soften smile lines and under eye circles while building up cheek volume.

How Long Do the Procedures Take?

Injectable procedures are short. The typical procedure time is less than 20 minutes.

How Long Will the Effects Last?

Depending on the type of injectable, results can last anywhere from three months to two years.

  • Neuromodulators can provide temporary results of three to four months with occasional touch-up treatments.
  • Dermal fillers offer longer lasting results ranging from six months to two years.

Are There Side Effects?

In general, treatments require little to no downtime. Patients can return to normal activities almost immediately. Mild swelling or bruising may occur, and it typically lasts about a week.

The best options for you will depend on your personal needs, goals, and lifestyle. Talk with your provider and inform yourself of procedures before undergoing any cosmetic treatments. At the UPMC Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Center, both neuromodulator and dermal filler injections are administered and monitored by physicians and medical professionals.

To learn more about cosmetic injectables and procedures, please visit the UPMC Cosmetic Surgery and Skin Health Center website or call 412-647-4200 to schedule a consultation,

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The Department of Dermatology at UPMC diagnoses and treats all kinds of skin diseases and dermatologic conditions. The Department offers services and information in the areas of general dermatology, medical dermatology, pediatric dermatology, dermatologic surgery, dermatopathology, cutaneous oncology, and cosmetic dermatology. Read More