If you have lived through winter in the northeast, then you know all about cars getting buried underneath piles of snow, frozen water pipes and people who force their dogs to wear those annoying sweaters. However, most people don’t know that winter also takes an emotional toll. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can alter your mood, leaving you totally depressed during the winter months.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Though experts were initially skeptical about seasonal affective disorder when the term was coined in in the mid-80s, further research has shown that SAD is real. In fact, almost 10% of people living in New Hampshire are affected by this seasonal disorder. SAD can drag your mood down into the dumps, leaving you feeling listless and hopeless about everything. For those who are especially sensitive to seasonal changes, the onset of winter feels like a nightmare.

Hibernate Until the Spring and Emerge Looking Beautiful

There’s not much anyone can do to change the weather. What you can do, though, is focus on improving your beauty during the winter months. While you’re holed up in your house during heavy snowfalls, why not pick up the phone and schedule an appointment with your local dermatologist? If you are uncomfortable with the idea of a plastic surgeon taking a scalpel to your face, don’t worry: facial injectables are much safer and low-impact compared to traditional plastic surgery operations.

The Most Popular Kinds of Injectables

There are 6 main kinds of facial injectables: hyaluronic acid, bovine collagen, autologous fat, polymer, calcium hydroxylapatite, and PMMA. Out of all the methods, PMMA is the longest lasting treatment. PMMA is delivered under the skin in the form of tiny plastic beads that are filled with collagen. Autologous fat is the most natural treatment. Bovine collagen is the least expensive injectable, but if you choose bovine collagen you’ll require an allergy test before receiving the injection. Polymer facial injectables aren’t as long lasting as PMMA treatments, but they do provide a good bang for your buck. The most popular polymer brand of facial injections is marketed under the name Sculptra.

Risks and Side Effects

Facial injectables are FDA approved and generally safe to use, but just like any medical treatment there are certain risks and side effects. If your face doesn’t heal well after the treatment, it may become infected. If after using a facial injectable you experience redness, swelling or pain after the first day, it is possible that you may be developing an infection. Contact a trained medical professional to get antibiotics if you notice any signs of infection. It is also possible that your skin will become lumpy after receiving a facial injectable treatment.

If you become gloomy during the winter months, a great way to stave off depression is to focus on yourself. If you work on improving your beauty and enhancing your skin with facial injectables during winter, you’ll feel more attractive and happy by the time spring rolls around. If you are curious about facial injectables, call up your local dermatologist today and schedule an appointment to find out what kind of facial injectable product will be the best option for you.

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