When we talk about body contouring, sometimes it’s easy to make the assumption that we are always talking about the removal of volume. That’s not necessarily the case. In fact, in many instances, patients will want to add volume back into the body. This may sound counter-intuitive (after all, so much body contouring marketing is geared towards losing weight, for example), but it’s an incredibly effective way to make yourself look more youthful and energetic, especially in the face.
That’s right, you can always effect “body contouring” to the face (your head is, after all, firmly attached to your face). Most of the time, this means using an injectable or dermal filler to add volume back to your appearance. As you age, your skin is pulled and stretched (thanks largely to gravity). At the same time, your skin also loses elasticity. These two traits combine to increase your skin to volume ratio over time. This leads to the face looking stretched, thin, and less youthful than many patients like. Injectables and fillers—generally—increase your skin to volume ration, bringing closer to what you had in your youth and, therefore, making you look more youthful.
Injectables and fillers basically work, intuitively enough, by injection. Depending on what you want your desired result to be—or what your particular problem area is—your cosmetic or plastic surgeon will recommend a particular dermal filler or injectable solution. This can mean anything from Radiesse to Juvederm to Bellafill or Restylane. It all depends on what you want, and each type of filler has its own advantages.
If you want permanent results, you will likely need to go with a dermal filler known as Bellafill. Because it is specially formulated to resist absorption back into the body, Bellafill has been known to produce excellent results for over a decade. This means that you would not need another injection after the initial set. This makes Bellafill a popular option for those looking at long term solutions.
Other dermal fillers, however, are designed specifically to be absorbed back into your body. They are often based on a substance known as a hyaluronic acid because that’s a substance that is already naturally found in the human body. Injections such as Juvederm and Radiesse are formulations of hyaluronic acid, and therefore, they will tend to last a number of months to maybe a couple of years, depending on the brand and variation.
We can’t talk about injectables and fillers without spending a little time discussion Botox, especially when it comes to body contouring. Generally, Botox injections are designed to target wrinkles and lines formed by muscle contractions. Botox mitigates those wrinkles and lines by paralyzing the muscle. However, this can also help certain patients get a slimmer jawline—mainly those patients who suffer from TMJ. In most cases, TMJ causes the muscles of the jaw to swell, and this can lead to some patients feeling self-conscious. Botox injections paralyze the muscles responsible for TMJ, diminishing the inflammation and swelling and slimming the jawline.
There are, of course, other ways to slim the jawline. For example, the injectable known as Kybella has recently been approved and released to the market. Kybella specifically eliminates fat around the jawline, specializing in the diminishing of the so-called double chin. So if you’re looking to eliminate some excess fat around your jawline, an injectable may be just the way to do it.
In most cases, patients who elect to receive injectables notice absolutely no interruption of their daily routines. Most procedures can be accomplished in a matter of minutes, making a dermal filler or Botox injection a great way to spend a lunch break. Your plastic or cosmetic surgeon will give you specific recovery instructions, but in most cases, patients can resume normal activities immediately.
Results of dermal filler or injectable treatments will vary, based on the desired results and the choice of injectable. In most cases, the results will be temporary, but patients always have the option of scheduling maintenance appointments to keep up appearances. Because they are quick, non surgical, and offer excellent results, injectables and fillers are a popular way of keeping your body—in particular, your face—contoured just the way you like it.
Most results from Botox injections will last roughly 6 months or so
Most injectable treatments can be accomplished in as little as 15 minutes.
Long term fillers such as Bellafill (formerly Artefill) have been shown to last over 15 years.