As an employee of Innovative Aesthetics, I’m a little ashamed to admit that prior to working here, I was one of those misinformed people who thought that the only people who had Botox or filler treatments were rich, pampered women whom you could TOTALLY tell had it-you know, because they had a tight, pulled up, frozen face look, and could make two expressions-slightly surprised, and/or frighteningly pouty. You know, like the women that we see on reality or talk shows who are addicted to facial work. It didn’t occur to me that these injectables could be such a helpful and widely used set of products.
The first few days I started at IA, our amazing nurse Rhonda Smith, gave me some info about the injectables that we offer here. While I interestedly listened, I remained a bit skeptical. Again, I remind you that I had a bit of a skewed perception. That meant that the first time I was able to take a peek at a Botox client, you’d better believe that I peeked. And….I saw a perfectly normal-looking woman walk out of the room. She was smiling and chatting with Rhonda. Smiling. And chatting. Her eyebrows even moved! Also, she shared no resemblance to the “Real Housewife of Orange County” look that I was picturing. Okay, so clearly I was mistaken. In the years that I’ve worked here, I’ve seen both men and women, various ages (although usually starting in the 30’s), and always natural and satisfactory (and if not satisfied, things were adjusted to their satisfaction).
While we have a lot of clients who know exactly what they want, and what works best for them, we also have many people who are new to this, and need some guidance. To those people, I first recommend our free consultation, where you would meet with one of our nurses or nurse practitioners to determine the best place to start. As a little cheat sheet though, I will list off the wrinkle treating injections that we offer, and a few details about each.
Botox/Dysport/Xeomin-While Botox is the most well-known and commonly used, these 3 are similar, and can often be used interchangeably. Your injector will determine the best one for you, as there are slightly different formulations that can make a difference in the patient. Used for moderate to severe wrinkles in the eye, brow, mouth, and cheek areas. FDA approved to last around 3 to 6 months.
Restylane/Restylane Silk/Restylane Lift (filler)-Augments the lips and eliminates facial wrinkles especially around the mouth and nose areas. Corrects moderate to severe folds and creases. Depending on the type, this can last up to 18 months.
JuveDerm (filler)-Smooths and plumps deeper facial wrinkles and creases, as well as fine lines around the mouth and eyes. It can also augment the lips. Results last for about a year.
Radiesse(filler)-Stimulates the body’s collagen production to to restore lost volume due to aging, adds volume to cheeks, and makes the hands look more youthful. Can last up to 1 year.
Belotero (filler)-More used for fine and superficial facial wrinkles around the eye and mouth area, as opposed to cheek volume and deeper wrinkles. Can last 6 to 8 months.
Voluma (filler)-Instantly adds volume to the cheek area-the apex, apple, and hollow. It can last for 2 years.
Sculptra (filler)-Basically a non-surgical face lift. Over time, restores fullness to deep facial wrinkles and folds. Sculptra is a little different than other fillers, as it actually corrects the facial wrinkles by addressing the underlying causes. Results can last for up to 2 years.
Most of these are finished within a half hour. While bruising or slight swelling may occur, those side effects are not super common. There may be a few aftercare instructions (such as not lying face down for a few hours, so don’t schedule your massage to follow!), but these are normally very low-maintenance procedures. Easy, right? Stop in and make an appointment-your secret is safe with us, and I promise you that your face will still move!