Who doesn’t love a new beauty trend? From mud masks to contouring: it’s exciting to try out a promising new beauty regimen for yourself. There are fads that are safe to try at home, and there are others that should only be performed by a doctor. Injectables like neuromodulators and dermal fillers belong in the latter category, never the former.
At Spring Street Dermatology, we use only the best FDA-approved injectables on the market in our New York City skin care clinics. Our team of board-certified dermatologists and physician assistants understands that safe treatment is just as important as beautiful results, and that’s why our entire staff is highly trained and uses cutting-edge technology for all our treatments. Our aesthetic philosophy is to achieve natural results using the simplest, least invasive techniques possible, including with cosmetic injectables.
DIY Cosmetic Injectables: What Are They?
Cosmetic injectables include neuromodulators like Botox® and Dysport® that treat dynamic wrinkles and dermal fillers like Juvéderm® and Restylane® that fill in areas of lost volume and smooth fine lines. Neuromodulators work by relaxing facial muscles that create wrinkles when they contract. Dermal fillers can be used on the face, neck, lips, and even hands to restore youthful contours and minimize the appearance of fine lines.
DIY Cosmetic Injectables are not the same. These injectables are sold online and are intended for at-home use. The products are manufactured and sold outside of the US, and they’ve gained popularity through YouTube channels and TikTok videos that feature people trying them out for themselves. There is even a new start-up offering to “guide” consumers through the injection process virtually, right here in the US.
These products are created to mimic the effects of neuromodulators and dermal fillers used at dermatological offices, but they are not the safe, effective products you’re familiar with. Below are five reasons cosmetic injectables should never be a DIY project. Visit ncbi.nlm.nih.gov to find out more information about the harm associated with DIY injectables.
1. Injecting Is Not As Easy As You May Think
While YouTube and TikTok tutorials may make application look simple enough, proper placement and injection technique is far from straightforward. The trained physicians at our SOHO, Tribeca, and Uptown offices understand that each of our patients has a unique facial anatomy, skin structure, and aesthetic goals, so we are able to select the best product and place it in the exact spot it should be so you can leave with the results you desire. When injecting a DIY cosmetic into yourself, you run the risk of using too much product or placing it incorrectly, and you will likely not achieve the results you were hoping for.
2. You Don’t Know What’s In That Needle
Even if you are able to use the correct amount of product and inject it into the right place, the DIY cosmetic product you are using is itself unsafe. The injectables sold online have not undergone the rigorous testing that FDA-approved ones have. The ingredients, as well as how the DIY injectables are made, is a mystery. There is also no assurance that these products are stored and shipped properly, such as being kept at a safe temperature during the transport process.
The injectables offered at Spring Street Dermatology’s three NYC offices are Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, Juvéderm, and Restylane. These FDA-approved products have been in use by doctors for years, and they have proven results. Botox and Dysport are similar in the results they produce, but our physicians can recommend the best option for you. The Juvéderm and Restylane family of fillers consist of several formulations that are specially created for certain concerns. When you choose to use these products, you can receive a specialized treatment plan for your specific goals.
3. Some Side Effects Can’t Be Reversed
Not only will you likely not achieve the results you hoped for by using a DIY cosmetic injectable, but you can also harm yourself in ways that may not be reversible. Some known side effects of these products are:
- Allergic reactions (sometimes severe and lead to amputation)
- Ptosis (droopy eyelids and eyebrows)
- Bell’s Palsy or facial paralysis
- Diplopia (double vision or difficulty with eyesight)
- Permanent scars
- Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing or trouble with speech)
While some of these side effects are curable, the cost of their treatment will far outweigh the money you may have saved by using DIY injectables.
4. Comprehensive Care is Available At Our Skin Care Clinic
At Spring Street Dermatology in NYC, you can experience safe, expert care and achieve your beauty goals. We can perform injectable treatments, as well as laser resurfacing, microneedling with PRP, and chemical peels for anti-aging and rejuvenation treatment. We can also combine therapies to give you more complete, longer-lasting results.
5. There Are Safe Medical-Grade Products You Can Use At Home
We at Spring Street Dermatology understand the desire for at-home treatments, which is why we have an online professional skincare store with products that are safe to use at home. These physician-curated, tailor-made, and scientifically-proven products are available to anyone, and we even offer a free skincare assessment.
Schedule Your Injectables Treatment in New York City Today
If you are ready to receive safe, quality injectable treatments, contact our skin care clinic today and schedule an appointment at our SOHO, Tribeca, or Uptown office.
The “Quarantine 15,” also known as those extra pounds you might have gained during quarantine, is real and is affecting many. As we have remained indoors much more than usual these past several months, we have not been able to move and burn calories naturally. Our normal walks around the office to see co-workers have been replaced with sitting in our home offices or living room; instead of browsing around the mall or our other favorite shops, we’re clicking through online stores on our computer. We’ve adapted to a less active and more sedentary lifestyle, and some of our bodies have responded with retaining weight.
With no sure end in sight, some might feel like there is nothing that can be done about their changing body, but here at Spring Street Dermatology, we offer several options for concealing unwanted and stubborn fat deposits. With our many TruSculpt options, we may be able to help you make your “Quarantine 15” seemingly disappear.
At our three comprehensive medical and cosmetic dermatology treatment centers here at Spring Street Dermatology in New York City, our dermatologists aim to help you achieve natural, beautiful results using the simplest, least invasive techniques available. With our highly trained physicians and cutting edge technology, we may be able to help you say goodbye to stubborn fat bulges you have accumulated during this quarantine season at our SOHO, Tribeca, and Uptown offices.
TruSculpting offers body contouring without invasive techniques. It uses heat from radiofrequency energy to target and destroy stubborn, unwanted fat deposits. This is different from CoolSculpting, which uses controlled cooling (cryolipolysis) to freeze fat cells. Both devices offer a nonsurgical option for body contouring. TruSculpt is ideal for targeting stubborn areas such as:
- Lower abdomen
- Double chin
- Bra fat
- Back fat
- “Love handles”
- “Muffin tops”
- “Saddle bags”
We usually recommend 2-4 treatment sessions spaced 4-6 weeks apart for optimal results. Many of our New York patients see results within four weeks, with optimal results typically achieved at 12 weeks. You may require minimal downtime after a TruSculpt procedure, and most patients resume regular activities immediately after treatment.
TruSculpt iD, also called WarmSculpting, is the latest noninvasive TruSculpt technology from Cutera that targets problem areas of fat and cellulite that are resistant to diet and exercise. With just a few treatments, you may be able to sculpt your body and walk with confidence, whether you’re inside or finally outdoors.
Like TruSculpt, TruSculpt iD uses radiofrequency energy to heat and melt stubborn fat. TruSculpt iD is designed to be used on the abdomen and flanks, as well as more challenging areas like the upper arms. The TruSculpt iD machine uses slow heat, administered in cycles to melt the fat layers.
The treated areas each require just 15 minutes of heat, keeping this a relatively comfortable procedure. This treatment requires minimal downtime. The treated areas may redden somewhat, but this side effect should disappear quickly. Many patients see results in up to six weeks, and optimal results may be able to be seen after 12 weeks.
This treatment is available exclusively at our Uptown office.
TruSculpt Flex focuses on your muscles, rather than fat reduction. It stimulates the muscles that haven’t been strengthened during quarantine to tone and sculpt them. A single, 45-minute body sculpting session can simulate hundreds of crunches, possibly accelerating the results you would typically see from a series of intense workouts. This non-surgical device is adjusted to your unique fitness level and personal goals. It works in three modes:
- Prep Mode – where the machine replicates the twisting motions you might make during a warm-up exercise, stretching your muscles and slowly building a tolerance to muscle contractions
- Tone Mode – where the machine contracts your muscles until they are exhausted, mimicking strength training to increase strength and endurance
- Sculpt Mode – where the machine aims to develop new muscle fibers and increase your muscle mass and basal metabolic rate (BMR)
By stimulating muscles with an electric current, this treatment can give you the drive you need to strengthen and tone your abdomen, buttocks, and/or thigh muscles, even while stuck at home. This machine uses multi-directional stimulation (MDS), making it possible to target specific muscle groups. Results may be seen within 45 minutes. Optimal results are usually visible 8-12 weeks after the last session. To learn more about TruSculpt Flex, visit cutera.com
This treatment is available exclusively at our Uptown office.
Kybella™ is another treatment that can help address stubborn fat deposits. It is ideal for reshaping submental fat, or a double chin that’s appeared during quarantine. Kybella has made correcting double chins much less invasive, as previously you could only correct this with liposuction, which requires anesthesia and a few days of recovery time.
Kybella is a prescription medication that our dermatologists can inject into unwanted fat at any of our NYC offices. The medicine’s active ingredient is deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in fat breakdown and absorption. When injected into submental fat, Kybella can destroy fat cells, which may then be naturally eliminated from the body. Once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat. Most patients need multiple treatments to attain ideal results. Final results can take more than six weeks to be evident. After an ideal aesthetic response is achieved, it is unlikely you will need a repeat treatment.
Schedule Body Contouring Treatment with Spring Street Dermatology Today
No matter where you’ve gained your “Quarantine 15,” our dermatologists can help reshape your body and face. Contact our New York City office or call (646) 906-9614 to schedule your body contouring procedure.