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What Injectable Is Right for Me?

BY: Colleen Loggins Loster | Nov 19, 2018

woman in her 30s contemplating injectables

When you look in the mirror, is there something that you fixate on? Is it forehead wrinkles? Thin lips? Acne scars? We obviously think you're gorgeous just as you are, but if you can't stop obsessing, you may want to look into injectables

These fillers and freezers can go a long way toward fixing these concerns; however, there are so many on the market right now. To help you figure out if you would like to try Botox or Juvéderm or something you've never heard of, we created this handy guide to injectables.

 

filler and freezer injectables diagram

Freezers

These neuromodulators fight dynamic wrinkles—wrinkles caused by muscle movement—by relaxing the muscles that cause the wrinkles. If your wrinkles still appear when your face is at rest, you may need a filler.

Botox (botulinum toxin)

Treats: frown lines (AKA glabellar lines), forehead lines, crow's-feet, migraines, armpit sweat

Average cost: About $20 per unit; one treatment can use 20–60 units per area. So expect to pay about $500–$800 total for wrinkle injections. 

How long does it last: 3–4 months

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Dysport (botulinum toxin)

Treats: frown lines (AKA glabellar lines)

Average cost: Expect to pay about $300–$400 for 50 units, which can generally cover one treatment area. Dysport tends to be cheaper than Botox. 

How long does it last: 3–4 months

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Xeomin (botulinum toxin)

Treats: frown lines (AKA glabellar lines)

Average cost: About $450 for 50 units, which can generally cover one treatment area. 

How long does it last: up to 3 months

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Fillers

Injecting the soft tissue with a filler raises the tissue up, resulting in smooth wrinkles and plumper faces and lips.

Juvéderm (hyaluronic acid)

Treats: fat loss in cheeks, thin lips, lines around the mouth (smile lines, marionette lines, nasolabial folds, and corner lines)

Average cost: Typically, $450–$650 per syringe; two syringes are often needed. 

How long does it last: depends on the formulation and treatment area but a minimum of six months and up to two years.

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Restylane (hyaluronic acid)

Treats: fat loss in cheeks, thin lips, lines around the mouth (smile lines/nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and corner lines)

Average cost: The usual rate is about $400–$800 per syringe; two syringes are often needed. 

How long does it last: about 6–9 months for the first treatment; up to 18 months with a follow-up treatment

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Belotero Balance (hyaluronic acid)

Treats: chin wrinkles, lines around the mouth (smile lines, marionette lines, nasolabial folds, and corner lines)

Average cost: $500–$600 per syringe; two syringes may be needed. 

How long does it last: about 6 months, sometimes longer

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Radiesse (CaHA microspheres in gel)

Treats: chin wrinkles, lines around the mouth (smile lines/nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and corner lines), volume loss in hands, and prominent veins and tendons

Average cost: $600–$1,000 per syringe; two syringes may be needed. 

How long does it last: Can last up to a year or more

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Bellafill (PMMA microspheres in collagen solution)

Treats: acne scars, lines around the mouth (smile lines/nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and corner lines)

Average cost: $1,000–$3,000. 

How long does it last: up to five years for nasolabial folds; up to one year for acne scars

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Sculptra Aesthetic (poly-L-lactic acid)

Treats: chin wrinkles, lines around the mouth (smile lines/nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and corner lines)

Average cost: $1,500 to $3,500 for an entire treatment. 

How long does it last: typically, more than two years

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Note: Sculptra is often used off-label as a nonsurgical Brazilian butt lift.

 

Other: Kybella (deoxycholic acid)

Kybella is neither a freezer nor filler. Instead, it is an injectable that relies on deoxycholic acid to destroy fat cells under the chin.

Treats: double chin

Average cost: $1,200–$1,800 per treatment; patients usually need 2–4 treatments but may need up to 6.

How long does it last: Because fat cells are destroyed, results are permanent.

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Note: These are FDA- and manufacturer-approved areas for injection. Some doctors will use these injectables "off-label," which means injecting an area that isn't officially approved for injections. For instance, they'll use Dysport to smooth crow's-feet, or even use Botox to raise the nasal tip for a faux rhinoplasty.

 

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