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A Professional Nurse Injector Explains What You Should Know About Cosmetic Injectables

An increasingly popular way to enhance your features without surgery is through the wonders of cosmetic injectables. From filling in facial hollowness to smoothing and preventing the formation of lines and wrinkles, there’s a reason that millions of Americans are opting for these non-surgical treatments.

At Vively Body Science, we’re a group of professionals who care deeply about the science and art behind aesthetic treatments. We’re owned and operated by medical physicians, Drs. Laurel and Joshua Martini, and our small but mighty team also includes an advanced practice aesthetician and an aesthetic nurse injector.  

Vively’s nurse injector has over fifteen years of experience, and she receives a lot of questions and inquiries about the injectables we offer at Vively Body Science. Below is the most vital information for patients looking to learn about aesthetic injections. 

What are cosmetic injectables?

Cosmetic injectables are injection procedures that are used to enhance your appearance through neurotoxins/neuromodulators or dermal filler

These injectables aim to boost your features and your skin through sculpting the face, improving hollowness, reducing or eliminating wrinkles, and more. Many of our patients use these non-surgical treatments to combat signs of aging and appear more youthful. 

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Types of Cosmetic Injectables

While many people may only know of Botox (which we know and love) when they think of cosmetic injections, there’s actually a lot more to them! There are important distinctions between neurotoxin injections and dermal filler. Below, we cover how these injections differ from one another.

Neuromodulator/Neurotoxin Injections

Repeated facial expression through muscle movement and contraction can cause wrinkles and folds to form on the face. Collagen reduction and sun damage can also cause them. One of the best ways to treat these wrinkles and folds is with neuromodulator/neurotoxin injections.

How Neuromodulator/Neurotoxin Injections Work

Neurotoxin or neuromodulator injections refer to substances that work to make the muscle relax, in order to smooth the appearance of the skin and prevent further formation of wrinkles and folds. They accomplish this through muscle-relaxing botulinum toxin type A injections. The results are not permanent, but they last for months and you can schedule your neurotoxin top-off as needed from your provider.


Neuromodulators/neurotoxins can create symmetry in key places of the face and reduce, eliminate, or prevent moderate to severe wrinkles and lines.

Neurotoxins like Botox temporarily reduce muscle activity beneath the skin to moderate the formation of frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles. 

Jeuveau and Dysport injections can smooth moderate to severe glabellar lines (between the brows).

There are subtle differences to the formulation and results of these three types of injections at Vively. We can help you choose the best option for your individual needs during your complimentary consultation.

Treatment Areas

Commons areas of treatment for Botox, Jeaveau, and Dysport include:

        • Forehead
        • Crow’s feet
        • Frown lines
        • Lips (for symmetry)


There are many benefits for patients who choose to receive neurotoxin injections, including:

        • Reduction or elimination of fine lines and wrinkles
        • Prevention of future line and wrinkle formation
        • Improved confidence and boosted self-esteem
        • Younger appearance from reduced lines and creases

Treatment Process

Before a treatment, you will meet with a Vively specialist to discuss your treatment goals and how neuromodulator/neurotoxin injections can help you achieve those goals. We can also answer any questions you may have and address your concerns. Based on this consultation, we will create a personalized treatment plan to achieve your desired results. 

During the procedure, you’ll relax in our comfortable treatment room. We will then inject your neuromodulators or neurotoxins to the treatment area(s). This procedure is minimally invasive and should cause little to no discomfort.

After your treatment, you can get right back to your normal routine. We recommend you not lie down for four hours and avoid intense physical activity for the first 48 hours afterward. We also ask that you avoid direct sunlight for several days after your treatment. 

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Dermal Filler Injections

Dermal fillers are a type of cosmetic injection that restore volume to the treatment area to combat facial hollowness and enhance specific features. 

As we age, our collagen production slows down, which can lead to skin laxity and hollowness in the under eyes, cheeks, and other areas. 

Dermal fillers can rejuvenate these places or enhance other features to give them shape, such as the lips and cheeks.

How Dermal Fillers Work

Dermal fillers restore volume using ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, a naturally occuring substance in our bodies and skin. The volumizing ingredient plumps the area to smooth out wrinkles and enhance volume. This results in smoother skin with a more youthful appearance. While the results aren’t permanent, you can enjoy your results for many months and schedule a filler top-off as needed.


Dermal filler results depend on your unique treatment and types of dermal fillers used. At Vively, we carry Restylane, Sculptra, Prollenium, and Juvéderm products. Each of these products has unique benefits, and we will work with you to find the best treatment option. 

Treatment Areas

Below are common areas of treatment for Sculptra, Prollenium, Restylane and Juvéderm families of products.

        • Enhance and define your lips 
        • Smooth wrinkles and creases around your eyes, nose, and mouth
        • Reduce nasolabial folds and marionette lines
        • Increase fullness and lift the skin and lips
        • Reduce wrinkles on the hands


Patients enjoy a multitude of benefits, including:

        • Fuller, supple skin for a youthful appearance
        • Fewer wrinkles and creases through additional skin volume
        • Boosted confidence and self-esteem

Bonus: You may find that makeup applies easier to your skin’s smoother surface, especially lipstick!

Treatment Process

To best tailor the treatment to your needs, you will meet with a Vively specialist to discuss your desired results and how dermal fillers can help achieve them. Your specialist will examine treatment area(s) and determine if fillers are the best option for you. You can also take this opportunity to ask questions or address any concerns you may have. Based on this discussion, we’ll create an individualized plan to achieve your desired results.

During the procedure, we’ll keep you comfortable during your dermal filler injections. We’ll make sure the process is streamlined and timely to minimize any pain.

After treatment, you should avoid strenuous exercise, extensive sun or heat exposure, and excessive cold exposure for the first 24 hours. Normal post-treatment effects are redness, swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort. These are temporary and to be expected. You can take acetaminophen (Tylenol) for any pain, but avoid any ibuprofen or aspirin for the first 48 hours after treatment. To treat swelling, an ice pack can be applied to the site for a short period of time.

Cosmetic Injectables in Wayzata | Frequently Asked Questions

As these are some of our most popular treatments at Vively Body Science, below are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about neuromodulators/neurotoxins and dermal fillers.

What is the difference between injectables and fillers?

There is no difference between injections and fillers, because fillers are an injection. Essentially, fillers are a type of cosmetic injection. 

As we discussed prior, there are two cosmetic injection types: dermal fillers and neuromodulator/neurotoxin injections.

Are cosmetic injections safe?

Yes, they are safe. These are common treatments sought by millions of people nationwide.

Who is a good candidate for cosmetic injections?

Good candidates for injectables are over 21 years of age seeking increased volume and fullness to the treatment area, or decreasing or eliminating fine lines and wrinkles. Neurotoxins and fillers are not for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Are there side effects?

Some patients report slight swelling, bruising, and itching at the injection site after treatment.

How long does the injection treatment take?

This can vary patient by patient, but most injection procedures take up to an hour depending on the depth of the treatment plan.

Do you have more questions about fillers or neuromodulators/neurotoxins? Contact us at Vively Body Science today to learn more about these treatments and our other skin and body treatments we offer. 

Expert Cosmetic Injectables in Wayzata at Vively Body Science

We hope you feel more informed about the cosmetic injections offered at Vively Body Science. If you’re thinking about trying cosmetic injections, schedule a complimentary consultation so we can discuss your goals and create a treatment plan catered to you. We have more than eighteen years of experience with neurotoxin and filler injections, and we’d love the opportunity to help boost your confidence through our services.  

You can also try out our instant virtual consultation tool. Simply choose your areas of concern to receive tailored treatment recommendations straight to your inbox.

However you contact Vively, we’re always happy to assist you and create an individualized care plan to suit your needs. Our incredible team ensures thorough care from beginning to end of any service or treatment at our clinic. 

We’re the go-to med spa in Wayzata, Minnesota, and we’re committed to promoting healthy living by providing minimally invasive services for you to look and feel fantastic as you age.

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