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A Guide To The Most Commonly Used Injection Terms in Aesthetic Treatments

Dermal Fillers

By Emel Gerdaneri • Medical review by Gokce Haspolat, MD

A Guide To The Most Commonly Used Injection Terms in Aesthetic Treatments

Maybe your forehead hasn't wrinkled since 2002. The author is referring here to the year botox was approved for cosmetic use.

Maybe you don't know the subject at all, you don't know what filler injections can do to your face. Either way, you should brush up on your vocabulary before your next or first treatment.

We asked Gokce Haspolat MD to prepare a guide for us:
Gokce Haspolat

“Of course I do, this will also be helpful to avoid confusion in medical terms.

Botulinum Toxin

botoxIt is a medicine made from a purified protein obtained from a species of bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. It is the most popular injectable treatment ever.

It works by preventing nerves from releasing the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which triggers muscle contraction. This relaxes the overactive wrinkle-causing muscles so lines become less pronounced.

Botox was the first name brand where botulinum toxin was available and most popular for cosmetic injections, but it is used in Dysport in our country. It has been approved by the FDA.

FDA Approval

FDAThe Food and Drug Administration has a process of conducting clinical trials to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of ingredients.

You really need to soften a line or freeze a muscle to prove effectiveness.

Here, the FDA, with years of research and experiments, investigates and examines whether the products we use in aesthetic treatments are suitable for human health.

Dermal Filler

dermal fillerSubstances that can be injected into or under the skin, and in some cases just above the bone, to create a physical change.

Permanent fillers such as silicone and semi-permanent fillers such as polymethylmethacrylate with a lifespan of up to five years are no longer widely used.

Hyaluronic acid fillers, whose results last up to two years but are reversible, are preferred by many doctors today.

Hyaluronic Acid- HA

hyaluronic acidIt is the most popular filler because it is said that more than 3 million injections are made in 1 year in the world. It is actually a sugar that plumps the skin by holding 1,000 times its weight in water.

Since it occurs naturally in the skin, it is much less likely to cause allergic reactions than other types of fillers.

Different brands and types of hyaluronic acid fillers offer the content in different concentrations and particle sizes.

Smaller ones are good for filling in shallower lines and sensitive areas like the lips, while those with larger particles can add volume to cheeks and soften nasolabial folds.


hyaluronidaseIt is a group of enzymes that can break down hyaluronic acid fillers within hours without compromising the levels naturally found in your skin.

Potential, but rare, side effects include temporary itching, redness, and swelling at the injection site. Those who are not satisfied with the filling application can have it done.

It can also be used as a safety switch in case it hits a blood vessel, which could potentially cause blindness or skin tissue death.

Lidocaine, Anesthetic Cream

anesthetic creamIt is a local anesthetic ingredient that manufacturers add to certain hyaluronic acid fillers to help reduce the pain patients experience, and they often put lidocaine in it.

Fillers feel like pins and needles, so we usually apply numbing cream to the area first.

Then, as it is injected, the anesthetic inside the filler diffuses so that each injection is less painful than the previous one.

I would also like to say that Botulinum toxin injections are less painful. It's like a bee sting that passes quickly.

Poly-l-lactic Acid

poly-l-lactic acidIt is a type of sugar contained in the FDA-approved Sculptra filler to plump up the nasolabial folds for up to two years.

Unlike the sugar that makes up hyaluronic acid, it does not occur naturally in the body and cannot dissolve.

Edema, Swelling

edemaThe most common side effect of hyaluronic acid injections is swelling after a day or two because the hyaluronic acid draws water from your skin.

Supporting yourself with more pillows than usual during the night and avoiding salty foods can help.

Never press on swollen areas because you risk causing more swelling. You'll probably even move the padding away from where it's placed.”

Medical Doctors Perform These Procedures

medical doktorsFinally, I would like to add this. Every treatment you will have should be done by a medical doctor.

Estheticians or nurses working in beauty centers do not have the right to do this type of treatment and it is not legal. Be sure to check the doctor's credentials."

Written on 24/05/2022


Last Update: 13/10/2022

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