The injectable revolution: Where and what are the latest trends

Are you a big fan of the Korean skincare movement? K-Beauty is a revolution in itself, and the involved skincare steps are earning avid fans because they produce results. 

Whether you’ve already set up your K-Beauty skincare regimen or you’re so new to the process that you’ve never even heard the term, you can take advantage of the injectable revolution. 

What are injectables all about?

If you think Botox when you think injectable, then you’re in the right ballpark. Where people in the United States begin thinking about trying Botox, a filler, or other injectables when they hit a milestone age, in Korea, it’s part of the beauty process almost from the outset.

Because of the acceptance of injectables in Korea, the price is much more affordable. People go regularly, sometimes weekly, so the new products are available much faster. 

In Korea, you can find injectables that do the following:

♦ Create a rounded forehead
♦ Plump up your cheeks
♦ Make a V-shaped jawline
♦ Botox “erases” visible pores to create glass skin
♦ Hyaluronic acid to turn up the corners of the mouth
♦ Booster shots designed to prevent aging in the first place
♦ Skin brightening injections

Where can I get injectables?

Once you get over your fear of the needle, it all sounds pretty fantastic. But where can you get Korean beauty injectables? The obvious answer is in Korea, but some of these injectables are offered in the United States. 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States has relatively strict rules and guidelines about getting dermal fillers and other injectables approved so they can be available for mass consumption. 

Korea doesn’t have to jump through all of the regulations, which means there are more products, they’re less expensive, and more people use them. It can also mean there might be more risks involved.

A woman receiving Botox treatment

What kind of injectibles can I get in the United States?

There are options in the United States that include hyaluronic acid fillers, neurotoxins, and fat-melters. 

Hyaluronic acid fillers

These fillers are used to improve your skin’s contour and reduce depressions that are caused by wrinkles or scars. Hyaluronic acid fillers are very effective and widely accepted in the United States. 

You’ve probably heard of the name brands Restylane or Juvaderm, but there are others, and more are expected in the near future. Try these fillers for:

♦ Acne scars
♦ Crow’s feet
♦ Smile lines
♦ Forehead frown lines or worry lines
♦ Lines at the corners of your mouth
♦ Perfecting lip borders
♦ Scars due to burns or wounds
♦ Smoker’s lines around the mouth


Neurotoxins are the most popular cosmetic injectables in the United States. This is the category where we find the familiar Botox. There are other brands or names for Botox, but they all work in the same way. 

Neurotoxins block nerve impulses to your muscles, making them relax. This means your expressions aren’t as dramatic, and the appearance of wrinkles is reduced. This is a great treatment for areas where your facial expressions impact wrinkles.

♦ Frown lines between your brows
♦ Forehead wrinkles and creases
♦ Crow’s feet
♦ Mouth corners
♦ The chin


Mesotherapy is also referred to as fat melters or fat-melting injectables, and they are one of the newer injectables in the United States. While often called non-surgical liposuction, mesotherapy has little in common with liposuction, the only real comparison is that they both target unwanted fat. 

A patient undergoing mesotherapy

Mesotherapy uses a combination of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and pharmaceuticals to accomplish the following:

♦ Remove unwanted fat
♦ Reduce cellulite
♦ Fade wrinkles
♦ Recontour the body
♦ Tighten the skin
♦ Lighten dark pigmented areas

To get the best results with any injectables, select a licensed professional to do the procedure. Meet with that person beforehand to discuss your expectations, the process, your health history, and anything else that concerns you about getting an injectable.

An experienced professional will know how to select the right products to give you the results you want with the best outcome. Don’t be surprised if they layer on different types of injectables to get the results you want. 

You should also expect to have follow-up treatments for maintenance.

To put it simply

As injectables become more common, they’re finding greater acceptance and creeping into the beauty routines of people who are not only looking to “fix” problem areas but also to prevent them. While their availability in Korea is different than it is in the United States, there are still many options available.

If you’re considering injectable treatments, it’s best to consult with a certified professional to determine what type or types would best target your problem areas. 

There’s no age limit for getting these skincare treatments, and thinking about them early might be the best way for you to prevent signs of aging in the future.