Types of Injections Used for Cosmetic Eye Treatments
Cosmetic eye treatments can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines between the eyebrows and the sides of your eyes. Modern cosmetic eye procedures offer various treatments for patients who wish to revamp their features or look more refreshed. Some of the popular aesthetic eye treatments are injectable. Most people find injectable treatments easy to manage and very effective when administered by medical specialists.
So, what injections do cosmetic surgeons and specialist use for eye treatments? Here are popular FDA-approved injections doctors use for cosmetic eye treatments that may interest you.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
Hyaluronic acid is a chemical that occurs naturally in your skin. HA in your skin helps keep it plump and moisturized. Medical experts make HA injections from a smooth, artificial gel-like substance that looks like the skin's natural ingredient. Because they are clear, smooth, and less likely to cluster, HA injections are the most common cosmetic treatments doctors use under the eyes.
The acid promotes collagen production in the skin. It also provides instant and natural-looking results that may last six to 12 months. FDA-approved HA eye treatment brands include:
Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA)
CaHA is made from calcium and phosphate. These minerals are present in your bones, making the injections safe for your body.
When used in injections, CaHA particles are tiny and held up in an easy-flowing gel. The gel is thicker than HA gel and lasts longer, about 12 months in most cases. Due to its thickness, doctors often dilute CaHA with an anesthetic before injecting it into your skin.
Some doctors avoid giving CaHA injections because they may make the under eyes look excessively white. Others worry that lumps may form under the eyes. FDA-accepted CaHA injections include Radiesse®.
Poly-L-lactic acid is an artificial material that is safe to use on your skin. It is made from eco-friendly ingredients doctors have used for many years as dissolvable sutures.
Medical specialists view poly-L-lactic acid products as collagen stimulators because they help the skin produce natural collagen. When injected, the acid melts away a few days afterward. Results from the treatment can last more than two years. FDA-qualified poly-L-lactic acid eye injections include Sculptra® Aesthetic.
Fat transfer injections are natural. Your doctor draws fat from other body parts, purifies it, and injects them into your lower eyelid skin. The procedure uses your body's fat to plump up droopy lower eyelids and improve the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.
Your doctor may draw fat from the following:
Fat transfer injections need expert training to carry out safely and produce excellent results.
Which Injection Do You Need?
There are many injectables available in the market, making it hard to know which one to use without your doctor’s guidance. These products vary in texture, thickness, and injection depth, which means certain injections work better for particular concerns. Your doctor can examine your situation and help determine what injection will work best for you.
For more about injections used for cosmetic eye treatments, visit Maple Eye and Laser Center at our office in White Plains or Manhattan, New York. Call 914-948-5157 to book an appointment today.