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Injectables – Know the Terminology (Part 1)
In the year 2002, the injectable Botox was approved for use in cosmetic procedures. In the years since, injectables like Botox have only continued to grow in popularity. In the age of social media, injectables have become a ubiquitous element of life for countless celebrities and influencers, and as a result, more people than ever have embraced injectables as a way to meet their aesthetic goals.
But as with any immensely popular treat, the increased interest in injectables and other cosmetic procedures has led to an unfortunate spread of misinformation. AMAE Med Spa in the Troy, MI area we believe that an educated patient will be a happier and more satisfied patient. In this article we help you brush up on your Injectable terminology – so you understand exactly what’s going on during your Botox, Juvéderm or other dermal filler procedure.
When considering injectables, Troy, MI area patients should take great care to seek out an injector with board certification. Board Certification ensures that their injectables are administered not only by a licensed physician with a medical degree, but by someone who has also achieved expertise in a specific medical specialty. Injectables should only be administered in the office of a board certified physician. Fortunately for anyone visiting AMAE Med Spa for injectables, Dr. Ali is a board-certified plastic surgeon.
In many cases, Troy, MI area patients will have their injectables administered through a cannula. Unlike traditional needles -which have sharp points and are too rigid to bend- cannulas are both flexible and are outfitted with a blunt tip. For these reasons, cannulas are less likely to puncture blood vessels when administering injectables, and in some cases also result in less bruising than traditional needles. Cannulas are, however, wider than traditional needles, and consequently offer less precision when administering injectables. Nonetheless, the greater width of cannulas makes them ideal for delivering larger amounts of injectables to a treatment area, and depending on the procedure, can provide Troy, MI patients with equally satisfactory results to traditional needles.
FDA Approval for Injectables
When considering injectables, Troy, MI area individuals should also make sure they have selected a procedure with FDA Approval (something board-certified Troy, MI area plastic surgeon Dr. Ali will ensure during the consultation). In order for cosmetic treatments like injectables to be FDA Approved, the safety and efficacy of the procedure must be demonstrated to the Food and Drug Administration through clinical trials. When treatments like injectables are granted FDA approval, the Administration has concluded that the “benefits of the product outweigh the known risks for the intended use.” In order to get FDA Approval, manufacturers of products like injectables must submit what is called a Premarket Approval Application (PMA), along with the results of extensive clinical tests performed on the product/treatment in question.
Facial Fillers aka Dermal Fillers
Any substances that creates physical changes to the face when administered into or beneath the skin are known as facial fillers. This means that all of the injectables available to treat the faces of our Troy, MI area patients fall under the umbrella of facial fillers. Currently, the FDA has approved a total of 15 facial filler injectables for use in the U.S. Facial fillers can be either permanent semi-permanent (which can last as long as five years.) However, both kinds of facial fillers include a number of dangerous injectables (such as permanent silicone and semi-permanent polymethylmethacrylate) and should be avoided. At our Troy, MI area med spa, we instead prefer to use Hyaluronic acid fillers -which include injectables like Juvéderm- which offer results that last up to two years, and are also reversible.
The safest injectables available to Troy, MI area patients are hyaluronic acid fillers. For this reason, hyaluronic acid fillers are also the most popular injectables in the world (2018 alone seeing more than 2.1 million instances of hyaluronic acid filler injectables being administered). Hyaluronic acid itself is a sugar that is capable of holding 1,000 times its own weight in water. When used in injectables, this causes the skin of the treatment area to plump significantly. And since hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the human body, it is less likely to trigger allergic reactions in patients than other injectables.
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Injectables – Troy, MI Area
Troy, MI area board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ali offers the absolute best technologies in injectable – and will always ensure that your questions are answered and that you understand the procedure you will be having. Schedule a consultation and our Troy, MI area med spa and we will help you decide which injectable procedure is right for your beauty goals. Then relax in our luxurious Med Spa, while we make you look and feel younger and even more beautiful!