FAQ: A Guide to Cosmetic Injectables
Based in Los Angeles at Westside Aesthetics, Dr. Alexander Rivkin is a Yale-trained, board-certified cosmetic surgeon who specializes in non-surgical cosmetic procedures. He regularly relies on injectables as safe and cost-effective alternatives to invasive plastic surgery procedures. Unlike traditional surgery, injectables rarely cause pain, swelling or discomfort, and they necessitate little to no downtime.
What are injectables?
Injectables – also dubbed “fillers” – are cosmetic solutions that are injected into the skin via a needle to address a variety of age-related concerns. Depending on the filler selected, injectables can offer both immediate and long-term results that vary from temporary to permanent.
What are injectables used to treat?
Injectables are typically used to:
- Fill in deep lines, folds, and facial wrinkles
- Re-contour sunken hollows
- Eradicate dark circles and puffiness and/or lift sagging eye skin
- Reshape a sagging jawline
- Plump up thin lips
- Balance asymmetrical lips
- Fill in acne scars or pockmarks
- Correct irregularities in the nose, i.e. create symmetry, balance a bump in the bridge or lift a drooping tip
How do they work?
Temporary injectables such as Restylane and Juvederm work by restoring volume with natural substances like hyaluronic acid, which stimulates the production of collagen to restore smooth, youthful-looking skin. Permanent fillers like Artefill rely on microspheres that remain in the skin, plumping and lifting areas of the face affected by lines, wrinkles, and folds.
Why use injectables?
Injectables are safe, highly-regulated cosmetic solutions that offer subtle and natural improvements for a variety of different skin concerns without the need for an invasive, expensive, time-consuming procedure.
What kind of injectables does Dr. Rivkin offer? How long do they last?
Dr. Rivkin offers his patients both temporary and permanent fillers. Temporary fillers include:
- Botox (3-5 months)
- Restylane (6 months)
- Juvederm (7-9 months)
- Radiesse (9-14 months)
- Evolence (1 year)
- Sculptra (2-3 years)
Permanent fillers include:
- Artefill (10 years or more)
Are they safe?
Injectables are considered safe and are routinely used as alternatives to cosmetic surgery. Temporary injectables are made from hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in skin and cartilage and thus rarely causes allergic reactions. Artefill is comprised of microspheres made from polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), an ingredient commonly used in medicine. It requires a simple allergy test prior to the procedure.
Dr. Rivkin only relies on injectables that bear the FDA’s seal of approval. The Federal Drug Administration has approved the following fillers for cosmetic use:
Are there any negative side effects associated with fillers?
As with any injection, patients may experience some minor swelling, irritation, or bruising, but any residual side effects heal quickly and can be concealed easily with makeup.
What happens to injectables over time in my body?
All injectables offered at Dr. Rivkin’s LA offices, with the exception of Artefill, are derived from biodegradable materials that break down naturally and are absorbed by the body. Over time, initial results gradually diminish with no lasting effects on the body.
Why choose Dr. Rivkin and Westside Aesthetics for an injectable treatment?
Because each injectable touts its own unique benefits and indications, Dr. Rivkin meets with patients individually to determine which filler is more appropriate for their concerns. During this complementary consultation, Dr. Rivkin will evaluate the condition of your skin while reviewing your medical history and your treatment goals. In addition to his board certification, Dr. Rivkin also serves as a faculty member at UCLA [link] and he has been handpicked to partake in a number of clinical trials corroborating the efficacy of injectables. Call us today at (310) 443-5273 to set up an appointment or fill out our contact form.