Injectables, including neuromodulators like Botox and Dysport or fillers like Restylane and Revanesse, are popular and well-known for their use in reducing wrinkles throughout the face. However, these products have a wide range of other uses as well, both medical and cosmetic. Regardless of your reason for choosing injectables, the procedure is always simple and non-surgical and requires no downtime.
Surprising Uses for Botox
Botox’s primary ingredient is botulinum toxin, which temporarily blocks connections between nerves and muscles. Commonly, it’s used to stop facial muscles from making severe expressions that result in wrinkles. However, blocking nerve signals in specific areas can also be beneficial in other medical uses.
Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterized by excessive sweating. Patients who experience hyperhidrosis can have Botox injections in their hands, feet, or armpits to reduce sweating in these areas. Botox is effective in reducing sweating because the receptors that trigger muscle movement or sweat glands are similar.
Surprising Uses for Fillers
Most dermal fillers are composed of hyaluronic acid, which naturally occurs in the skin and creates a plump, youthful, hydrated appearance. Dermal fillers are most commonly used to augment areas like the lips, cheeks, or nose or to reduce wrinkles and restore lost volume through the cheeks. However, the products have a diverse range of unexpected uses.
When the earlobes become damaged, loose, or start to droop, strategic injections of a hyaluronic acid filler like Restylane can help add a small amount of volume to the area. Plumper earlobes are also less prone to tearing, so careful injections around a piercing can prevent patients from facing damage due to heavy jewelry or accidentally tugging on an earring.
Fillers like Restylane can be used to improve depressed scars and reduce their appearance. Piercing scars, especially belly button piercing scars, often appear this way. Patients can reduce the appearance of a scar from a piercing they’ve taken out and no longer want with a small amount of filler.
Wrinkles in the earlobes can make patients feel self-conscious and like they look older than they actually are. A small amount of dermal filler can be placed in the earlobe to add volume and essentially fill in wrinkles in this area, the same way it can reduce facial wrinkles.
Reduce Undereye Circles
Sunken tear troughs below the eye can make patients look older or tired and often result in a dark appearance if shadows are cast in the area. Injecting filler carefully in this area can allow patients to look more awake, youthful, and refreshed.
The hands are one of the first areas to show signs of aging due to consistent sun exposure over time. Dermal fillers can be injected into the back of the hands to rejuvenate their appearance and restore lost volume.
Schedule a Consultation
To learn more about injectables and to see if you’re a good candidate, schedule an appointment with Dr. Diktaban. Call our Upper East Side, New York office at (646) 906-9449 or request an appointment online.
Dr. Theodore Diktaban, MD FACS, a double board-certified plastic surgeon with 35+ years of experience, specializes in safe and subtle cosmetic treatments, enhancing natural beauty and boosting self-confidence in the Upper East Side and New York City.