As millions of people continue their fight against wrinkles, it is reported that Americans spent more than $2.7 billion on Botox and injectable cosmetic fillers in 2013. While Botox is used to relax facial muscles that can induce facial wrinkling, injectable gel fillers consist of substances such as hyaluronic acid or calcium hydroxylapatite (Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane, and Radiesse), which fill in lines and wrinkles. These fillers produce effects that can last from six to twelve months. While it is very rare, injectable cosmetic fillers can sometimes leave tender, hard growths beneath the skin, particularly in cases of non-professional treatment.
Botox and the cosmetic fillers listed above are considered to be safe and effective as long as they are administered by a dermatologist or medical professional trained in their use. Fillers injected at parties, homes, non-medical spas, and other unsuitable venues can lead to questionable and even disfiguring results.
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