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Injectables:
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With each passing year, the popularity of non-surgical injectable treatments only seems to grow. Our patients love our selection of dermal fillers and BOTOX® Cosmetic at our Tucson practice, because these products offer measurable, natural-looking results without the need for surgery. As their popularity increases, researchers continue to develop products that are longer lasting and more effective. Now is a great time to see their results for yourself. Review answers to the common questions below to learn more.

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If you're ready to enhance the health and appearance of your skin, visit the cosmetic dermatology leaders at Skin Spectrum. To find out how injectable treatments can improve your appearance, request a cosmetic consultation online or call (520) 797-8885.

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Common Questions

Our dermatologists perform all our injectable treatments, and they are asked many questions every day about these impressive, convenient services. Here are their answers to some of the most common questions.


What is the difference between BOTOX and fillers?

BOTOX Cosmetic and dermal fillers are both injectable treatments that decrease the visual signs of aging, but they work in very different ways.

BOTOX's active ingredient is a purified protein called botulinum toxin type A. This ingredient works by temporarily relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles. Because of this, it's used primarily on "dynamic" wrinkles, which are caused by repetitive movement. Dynamic wrinkles include crow's feet and glabellar lines, the vertical "frown lines" that form between the eyebrows. BOTOX is also used to treat medical conditions that are caused by overactive muscles and tissues, such as excessive sweating.

Dermal fillers are a bit more straightforward. These products use active ingredients that are found in the body naturally, such as hyaluronic acid, to fill in wrinkles and restore volume under the skin's surface. Dermal fillers come in a variety of formulations to better suit wrinkles of different depths and locations.

Many patients find that BOTOX and dermal fillers work synergistically to enhance cosmetic results. During your consultation, our specialists will work with you to create a customized treatment plan that may include combining BOTOX and dermal fillers.


What symptoms do injectables treat?

Injectables are highly versatile products that are used to treat many areas of the face. At our Tucson, Arizona, dermatology practice, some common sites for injectables include:

  • Nasolabial folds, or the wrinkles that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth
  • Marionette lines, or the vertical lines that extend downward from the corners of the mouth
  • "Smoker's lines" around the mouth
  • Forehead lines
  • Crow's feet
  • Tear troughs and hollows beneath the eyes
  • The cheeks, temples, or other areas of lost volume
  • Neck bands

Do injectable treatments hurt?

Many of today's injectables, such as the JUVÉDERM® products we offer in Tucson, now come formulated with anesthetic ingredients to improve patient comfort. We also offer topical anesthetics or ice to numb the treatment area prior to an injection. Most patients says these treatments cause slight discomfort; but this can vary from product to product and patient to patient. Each injection is very brief, and most appointments last between just 15 and 30 minutes.

Following a treatment, the overwhelming majority of patients experience no discomfort. Others report mild tenderness, swelling, redness, or itching at the injection site. These symptoms typically resolve within a day or so.


Can I have different types of injectables administered at once?

Yes. Because these products come in various formulations, different injectables are better suited to some parts of the face than others. It is safe to have any of these products administered at the same time as one other. When administered by a trained medical professional, such as the Tucson dermatologists of Skin Spectrum, a combinational approach can yield a smoother, lifted, more youthful-looking face.


I've heard that BOTOX Cosmetic can cause the brow to sag. Is this true?

All injectable treatments carry some risk of side effects, but when they're administered by skilled medical professionals who understand the complex anatomy of the face, these risks are minimized. Rarely, BOTOX Cosmetic can cause eyelid or brow drooping, or ptosis. However, this outcome is temporary and occurs in less than 2% of cases.


Is there anything I can do to prolong my results?

Closely following your doctor's directions is the most important thing you can do to get the most enjoyment out of your results. In most cases, this means refraining from bending or manipulating the treated area for several hours after treatment to allow the product to evenly settle. Practicing good at-home skin care, including sun protection, is another great way to keep your skin looking youthful. Once you begin to see signs of aging reemerge, you may return to Skin Spectrum for a touch-up treatment.


Can I add other services to an injectable treatment?

Absolutely. Many of our patients enjoy the comprehensive results they get when they combine injectables with other treatments, such as microdermabrasion. Not all of our services are good matches for injectables, though. During your consultation, we work with you to help you choose which treatments best match your needs and your lifestyle.

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