Ultimate Guide To Injectables

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Aging is inevitable. Looking it doesn’t have to be thanks to modern injectable treatments.

From neurotoxins to natural collagen dermal fillers, injectable treatments present a non-invasive and non-surgical alternative to certain surgical procedures. The treatments themselves only take minutes too, and there’s no downtime required afterwards.

Best of all, the results can last up to 3 months for neurotoxins and around 6-24 months for fillers, depending on the type used and how quickly your body metabolizes them.

Thus, it’s hardly surprising that more and more people are availing of both neurotoxins (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, etc.) and natural collagen dermal fillers – either to smooth lines and wrinkles and plump up sagging skin or to prevent early signs of aging from forming.

But how do you know which injectable treatments are right for you? And did you know that while Botox and natural collagen dermal fillers are both injectables, they aren’t the same?

Read on and find out more.

Know Your Injectables: Neurotoxins vs. Dermal Fillers



Years of smiling, laughing, frowning, and knitting your eyebrows can cause the skin to crease, leading to fine lines and wrinkles to appear when you make certain facial expressions (e.g., frown lines or “11” lines between the brows, bunny lines, forehead lines, and crows’ feet). These are called dynamic wrinkles.

Neurotoxins work by temporarily paralyzing the facial muscles underneath the skin, helping smooth the resulting lines and wrinkles while still allowing you to move your face.

Sometimes, they can also be used for “pre-juvenation” or wrinkle prevention. Injecting a bit of neurotoxin early on can ensure that you’ll need less later – and even prevent new lines and wrinkles from forming.

There are quite a handful of FDA-approved neurotoxins on the market, but the most popular one is Botox.

Dermal Fillers

As you age, your body produces less collagen, which can result in volume loss.

Dermal fillers plump up or “fill in” areas where you’ve lost volume, such as undereye hollows or sagging cheeks. Most dermal fillers are made up primarily of hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in the body.

Fillers can also be used to add volume or symmetry to the lips. For instance, dermal fillers are frequently used to fill in thin lips or to correct asymmetry between the top and upper lips and to reveal a natural Cupid’s bow for that perfect pout. 

Lastly, fillers can be used to plump up and fill in static wrinkles. Unlike dynamic wrinkles (which neurotoxins address), these appear even when your face is at rest. Examples include marionette lines or nasolabial folds.

In the right hands, neurotoxins and/or dermal fillers can keep you looking youthful for much longer – without looking frozen or overdone.

Our injector at Dentistry by the Bay has had extensive training and experience in delivering beautiful, natural-looking results for countless patients in Petoskey, MI. They take time to consult with each one about their unique concerns and goals to come up with a customized treatment for the best outcome possible.

Book a consultation today to get started.