You’ve probably heard the phrase “lunchtime procedures” to describe cosmetic treatments such as injectable fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic. At the Dallas Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics, patients rely on these treatments to maintain a youthful appearance—without the downtime or expense of more expensive procedures. And, serving as a national training facility for teaching doctors how to perform injectables, provides patients an additional level of confidence they are receiving the highest level of expertise in cosmetic dermatology.
Injectables can be used for much more than smoothing out wrinkles and lines, especially with the advanced formulations available today. Not only do these treatments take a few minutes, but they’re also typically more affordable than other nonsurgical procedures.
Preventive Injectable Treatments
We’re seeing an increase in the number of younger patients investing in BOTOX Cosmetic and certain fillers to pre-empt the onset of wrinkles. Instead of waiting until wrinkles or lines become more noticeable, they come in for injections that either address minor concerns or can actually delay the signs of aging.
This is especially true for BOTOX and Dysport, which smooth skin by temporarily immobilizing tiny facial muscles that create “dynamic wrinkles” around the eyes and on the forehead. These “expression lines” develop after a lifetime of squinting, frowning, smiling, and other change facial expressions. Getting BOTOX in your mid- to late-20s can help delay the appearance of these lines.
In fact, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reported in 2018 that more than 70% of facial plastic surgeons saw an increase in the use of injectables in patients under 30.
The “Tweakment” Era
Another trend we’re seeing: Younger patients want subtle changes, or tweaks, that enhance their appearances in ways that prompt friends or family to compliment their looks without thinking they’ve had “work” done.
These tweakments, as they’ve been called, actually reflect what I’ve already been doing as a dermatology practice in Dallas. People now want more natural-looking results that don’t change the way they look, but simply enhance their physical characteristics with some fine-tuning.
Because the results of injectable treatments aren’t permanent, follow-up appointments are needed. BOTOX, for example, typically lasts about 4 months before it’s naturally absorbed into the body. Dermal fillers may last from several months to 2 years, depending on the product or products used. Our dermatologists can create custom treatment plans that address your specific concerns and goals.
If you’re thinking of getting an injectable treatment and want to learn more about how they can improve your appearance, contact us using the online form to request a consultation. Or call us at (214) 631-7546 to schedule an appointment.