The Dr CP guide to aesthetic injectables

Cosmetic injectables guide

Cosmetic injectables are consistently the most popular aesthetic treatments partly due to their versatility. As well as improving skin health and reversing many of the signs of facial ageing, they can be used to subtly enhance or tweak facial features. In the right hands, they are considered safe and produce consistent results.

Injectables are increasingly seen as an acceptable lifestyle choice for women and men of all ages. But, what’s the difference between a filler, a freezer or a hydrator? How do you know which one is the right one for you? And, more importantly, who should be injecting you?

Each type of cosmetic injectable works slightly differently and can address different concerns. The first step is always a consultation to discuss what’s bothering you and what you’re hoping to achieve and then Dr Claudia can advise you on which treatment – or combination of treatments as cosmetic injectables often work best together – is most appropriate for you.

Dermal fillers:

These are typically composed of a hyaluronic acid gel, a naturally occurring component in the skin which helps it attract water and remain plump. Initially, they were just used to soften obvious lines, but now can be used to sculpt and define the face. The top dermal filler brands such as Juvederm and Restylane have several products with various sized particles that can be used for filling and shaping different areas of the face.

Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are temporary and will last between six and 18 months depending on where it is used. Semi-permanent dermal fillers are more viscous, and the body takes longer to absorb them. Composed of a synthetic compound known as poly-L-lactic acid, semi-permanent such as Sculptra also stimulate the body’s production of collagen and results can last several years.

Fat dissolving injectables:

These contain an ingredient known as sodium deoxycholate which destroys fat cells so they can be safely removed through the body’s lymphatic system. The process works gradually, and it can take a few weeks to see the results, but fat dissolving injections can be highly effective at reducing stubborn deposits of fat on the flanks, abdomen, thighs and back, as well as under the chin and along the jawline for a more youthful, sculpted appearance.

Injectable moisturisers:

These are a relatively new entry into the cosmetic injectables and the most well-known is Profhilo. Also composed of hyaluronic acid, the consistency is slightly different to dermal fillers, and it is injected in five strategic points just underneath the skin’s surface.

It not only boosts and hydrates the skin, but it also kickstarts the body’s collagen production so ageing and sagging tissue is lifted and remodelled. As well as the face, Profhilo can be used for the décolletage and hands. Results typically last six months.

Wrinkle relaxing injections:

Botulinum toxins have long been the most popular and well-known cosmetic injectable available. They work by delivering small amounts of a neurotoxin to temporarily block the nerves that signal our facial muscles to contract and relax. Anti-wrinkle injections are highly effective at smoothing the dynamic wrinkles that form as a result of this constant muscle movement, so are used to treat crow’s feet and frown lines in the upper part of the face. Results last between three and six months.

Who can administer cosmetic injectables?

Only wrinkle relaxing injections are a prescription medicine and therefore must be given by a medical practitioner who has prescribing rights such as a surgeon, doctor, or nurse prescriber. This does mean that other injectables can be administered by a beauty therapist or aesthetic practitioner with no medical training or qualifications.

Earlier this year, the Government announced it would introduce a licensing scheme to try and address the rise in botched cosmetic procedures. However, in the meantime, choosing a properly qualified and experienced medical professional is a must for a safe and successful result.

For more advice on cosmetic injectables, call 0115 772 2363 to arrange a consultation with Dr Claudia.