What are the different types of injectables?

You’ve probably heard of popular injectables such as Botox or Dysport, but do you know how many different cosmetic injectables there are to choose from? 

Whether you want to erase wrinkles and fine lines, plump up your pout, highlight your favorite features, or finally get rid of that double chin, there’s an injectable that will help you achieve your goals. And with this handy guide from the trusted experts at Affiliated Dermatology®, you’re ready to determine exactly which injectable is best for you.

Types of Injectables

Generally, injectables can be organized into three categories based on what they do:

  • Wrinkle reduction
  • Volume enhancement
  • Submental fat reduction

Depending on your goals, one or more injectable types might be right for you.

Wrinkle reduction

What if you could turn back the hands of time and regain the fresh-faced complexion of your youth? With injectables for reducing wrinkles and fine lines, you can. 

Wrinkle reduction injectables, including FDA-approved anti-aging injectables, are formulated to temporarily relax the muscles responsible for the everyday movements contributing to wrinkles. Essentially, injectables are an ideal match for “dynamic wrinkles,” which are the ones you notice when you make various facial expressions.

Injectables for wrinkles include Botox and Dysport, both of which have been proven effective and have achieved FDA approval. Recommended for forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, frown lines, and brow lifts, wrinkle-reducing injectables can be used in a variety of ways. This category of injectables could be a good fit if you want to:

  • Minimize deep wrinkles and fine lines
  • Achieve smoother, more supple-looking skin
  • Take a proactive approach to slowing down the signs of aging

Volume enhancers

Volume enhancers, or injectable fillers, are an incredibly versatile category with a broad range of options to consider. For our patients across the Valley, Restylane and Juvederm are among the most popular fillers.

Different fillers are uniquely formulated to achieve highly specific effects. Because of the many different ways to use fillers, it’s possible to rely on them to plump up your lips, enhance certain features, smooth wrinkles, soften creases or scars, and so much more.

Volume enhancing fillers might be a good option if you want to:

  • Enhance features such as your lips, cheeks, or jawline
  • Reduce the appearance of undereye bags and dark circles
  • Restore volume and minimize sagging skin
  • Target the wrinkles that are noticeable when your face is at rest, such as smile lines

Submental fat reduction

It used to be virtually impossible to get rid of a double chin unless you were willing to undergo cosmetic surgery. But now, thanks to fat-reducing injectables like Kybella, it’s a quick and effective procedure you can get done on your lunch break. This injectable type destroys fat cells under your chin to give you the slim, defined profile you’ve always wanted – and it’s completely non-invasive!

Injectables and Fillers in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and the Valley

Are you considering injectables for your beauty goals? Make sure you trust the professionals – because not all injectors are created equally. 

At Affiliated Dermatology, we pride ourselves on providing continued education and ongoing advanced training for our cosmetic injectors to ensure we always offer our patients the safest and most effective treatment options! No sales pitches or pressure, just a complimentary consultation to find out what skin care treatment methods are right for you!

For more information about cosmetic injectables, schedule a consultation at an Affiliated Dermatology® office today!

How Does PRP Hair Restoration Work?

Even a few short years ago, options were limited for treating hair loss. For most people, dealing with thinning hair meant either creatively combing their remaining hair to disguise the issue or investing in invasive, expensive chemical treatments.

But now, PRP for hair loss has changed everything.

What is PRP?

PRP, or platelet-rich plasma, is a powerful component naturally produced by our bodies. The plasma is found within your blood, where it plays an integral part in your health and wellness.

One of the primary roles of PRP is to promote healing via the proteins and growth factors it contains. Platelets have a fantastic ability to communicate on a cellular level, acting as chemical signals between various cells in your body. Essentially, platelets are the body’s “project managers,” organizing other cells and directing them to complete the necessary actions for healing and rejuvenation.

When you consider just how effective PRP is in supporting healing, it makes sense that it has become a not-so-secret weapon against hair thinning and loss. 

How Does PRP Hair Restoration Work?

PRP for hair loss is a minimally-invasive, chemical-free hair restoration treatment that can be completed in a short and simple office visit.

First, we will do a gentle blood draw to collect a blood sample. The sample is placed in a specialized piece of equipment (called a centrifuge), where it is rapidly spun to separate its different components. Then, with the PRP isolated, we can use it for your treatment.

We deliver PRP injections targeted precisely to the areas where hair is thinning or gone. 

The PRP helps to “reactivate” your inactive hair follicles, directing them to an active growth phase to kickstart hair growth. Over time, your hair will naturally grow back and fill in, resulting in thicker, healthier hair and a more youthful look. 

Will PRP Hair Restoration Work for Me?

PRP is an effective treatment option for men and women experiencing hair loss due to reasons that include:

  • Hormonal hair loss
  • Stress
  • Age
  • Surgery
  • Illness
  • Hereditary hair loss

The treatment can be used for just small areas of the scalp or the entire scalp. 

We can discuss your needs and goals during your consultation to determine whether PRP is the best fit for you. 

How Many PRP Treatments Are Needed?

Each patient is unique, but the recommended treatment schedule for PRP is typically one treatment per month for 4-6 months (or until you achieve your desired results). After that, we suggest maintenance treatments every quarter. 

How Much Does PRP Hair Restoration Cost?

The cost can vary because each patient differs in the number of treatments they need, areas that need treatment, etc. However, most of our patients say they are surprised at just how affordable PRP is – and they often say they wish they had done it even sooner. At Affiliated Dermatology, we also offer complimentary consultations so patients can ask questions and determine if PRP treatment for hair loss is right for them.

Consider PRP Hair Restoration in Phoenix and the Valley

Are you ready for a simple, effective, and all-natural solution for hair loss? At our offices across the Valley, Affiliated Dermatology offers PRP treatments for hair loss and other aesthetic and medical treatments. Contact us to schedule your consultation today if you’d like to know more about PRP hair loss treatments.

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