Today the most commonly performed procedures in plastic surgery are injectables. Injectables have become increasingly popular because they are not invasive, comfortably performed in the office, relatively inexpensive, and patients see immediate results. Most injectables can be categorized as volume fillers or neurotoxins (muscle relaxants). These products are often combined to obtain the best results.
There are many excellent manufacturers making very reliable fillers. This has been wonderfull for the general consumer since the prices have remained very stable over the years. Most fillers are used to increase fullness to the cheeks, laugh lines, corners of the mouth, lips, and angle of the jaw to hide the jowls. On average, the effect of the fillers lasts from 6 to 12 months depending on the particular filler used.
Neurotoxins (muscle relaxants) are used to decrease the contraction of the muscles that produce wrinkles along the forehead, between the brows, and the crow's feet. When used correctly, neurotoxins can soften the appearance of wrinkles without a "frozen" look. The effects of most neurotoxins last between 3 to 4 months.