Health Team

Medical study says facial injections work

Posted May 7, 2010 5:35 p.m. EDT
Updated May 7, 2010 6:36 p.m. EDT

The millions of Americans who get facial injections to drop off the years might be onto something.

For the first time, a medical study has offered evidence that these injections make women look younger.

Procedures such as fillers and botox injections are hugely popular. More than 11 million are done every year.

Sandra Slott, 59, got an injectable filler of hyaluronic acid to plump up and smooth out the lines and wrinkles of her face.

"This is quick, easy," Slott said. "There is relatively no pain involved, and there is no downtime."

Three dermatologists looked at photographs of 10 women between the ages of 42 and 50 taken before and after they received injections.

"The doctors had to look at the person's face, had to look at the women and say, 'How old are they? How old do they look?'" dermatologist Deborah Sarnoff said.

On average, doctors thought the women in the after photos looked seven years younger than their actual age.

Medicis Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Restylane and Perlane injectable treatments, contributed analysis and materials to the study.

There is a cost for those who think looking their best means looking younger. Each shot costs between $800 and $900. There can also be side-effects, such as allergic reactions, pain and bruising.

People who want lasting results will also have to get multiple treatments. The results from Slott's treatment will last about 18 months.

Slott said that for her, injectable facial treatments are worth the costs.

"I hope to have people see me as a younger woman," she said.