OLD What Kind of Injectable Do You Need?
When you look in the mirror, what bothers you? Is it forehead wrinkles? Thin lips? Acne scars?
Injectables can go a long way toward fixing these concerns, but there are so many on the market. To help you figure out if you need Botox or Juvéderm or something you've never heard of, we created this handy guide to injectables.
Injectables for the Face
A: Migraine: Botox
B. Frown lines (AKA glabellar lines): Botox, Dysport, Xeomin
C. Forehead lines: Botox
D. Crow's-feet: Botox
E. Fat loss in cheeks: Juvéderm, Restylane
F. Acne scars: Bellafill
G. Lines around the mouth (smile lines, marionette lines, nasolabial folds, and corner lines): Juvéderm, Radiesse, Restylane, Belotero, Bellafill, Sculptra
H. Thin lips: Juvéderm, Restylane
I. Chin wrinkles: Radiesse, Belotero, Sculptra
J. Double chin: Kybella
Injectables for the Limbs
K. Volume loss in hands, and prominent veins and tendons: Radiesse
L. Armpit sweat: Botox
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.
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)
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. Shop Botox deals to pay less. (Insurance often covers treatments for migraines and sweating.)
How long does it last: 3–4 months
Dysport (botulinum toxin)
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. Shop Dysport deals to pay less.
How long does it last: 3–4 months
Xeomin (botulinum toxin)
Average cost: About $450 for 50 units, which can generally cover one treatment area. Shop Xeomin deals to pay less.
How long does it last: up to 3 months
Injecting the soft tissue with a filler raises the tissue up, resulting in smooth wrinkles and plumper faces and lips.
Juvéderm (hyaluronic acid)
Average cost: Typically, $450–$650 per syringe; two syringes are often needed. Shop Juvéderm deals to pay less.
How long does it last: depends on the formulation and treatment area but a minimum of six months and up to two years.
Restylane (hyaluronic acid)
Average cost: The usual rate is about $400–$800 per syringe; two syringes are often needed. Shop Restylane deals to pay less.
How long does it last: about 6–9 months for the first treatment; up to 18 months with a follow-up treatment
Belotero Balance (hyaluronic acid)
Average cost: $500–$600 per syringe; two syringes may be needed. Shop Belotero deals to pay less.
How long does it last: about 6 months, sometimes longer
Radiesse (CaHA microspheres in gel)
Average cost: $600–$1,000 per syringe; two syringes may be needed. Shop Radiesse deals to pay less.
How long does it last: Can last up to a year or more
Bellafill (PMMA microspheres in collagen solution)
Average cost: $1,000–$3,000. Shop Bellafill deals to pay less.
How long does it last: up to five years for nasolabial folds; up to one year for acne scars
Sculptra Aesthetic (poly-L-lactic acid)
Average cost: $1,500 to $3,500 for an entire treatment. Shop Sculptra deals to pay less.
How long does it last: typically, more than two years
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.
Average cost: $1,200–$1,800 per treatment; patients usually need 2–4 treatments but may need up to 6. Shop Kybella deals to pay less.
How long does it last: Because fat cells are destroyed, results are permanent.
This guide will take you beyond the basics of Botox injections, step by step.
Dysport can help improve the appearance of lines by paralyzing the muscles that form them. Read on to learn all about the wrinkle-fighter.
Dermal fillers, such as Juvéderm, can help correct signs of aging.
One way to enhance your lips, smooth out wrinkles, or add fullness to the face is by using Restylane.
If you've ever had migraines, you might want to consider Botox.
The wrinkle fighter can also curb even the most excessive sweating.
Colleen is a makeup/skincare junkie who has a serious Sephora problem. She writes about all things beauty and occasionally does hand modeling for work. Her job is strange.