People often turn to the Juvederm family of dermal fillers as a safe and effective way to smooth out moderate to severe wrinkles and folds in the face. A non-invasive alternative to cosmetic surgery, this filler augments areas where collagen has been lost and even stimulates the body’s own natural collagen production. At CJM Aesthetics in Bay Village, OH, our talented medical team is proud to offer this family of products in addition to a comprehensive menu of other restorative services.
What Can You Expect From Juvederm Treatments?
Juvederm dermal fillers are delivered via ultrafine needles just under the skin to improve facial contours and restore volume where collagen has been lost. Each product in the family is uniquely formulated to target different areas of the face. Each product in this family is made from a modified form of hyaluronic acid (HA).
Treatment sessions are completed in-office and last less than an hour. There is little to no downtime, making it convenient to return to your normal daily activities. You may be advised to follow a few precautions, however, between sessions and directly after treatment.
Before Your Session
During your consultation, our medical practitioners will examine your skin and take note of any skin problems such as acne or eczema. It is important to come to your appointment prepared to answer questions about your medical history and any prescriptions you may be taking. If you are immunocompromised in any way, please bring that to our attention.
Our team may advise you to avoid over-the-counter blood-thinning medications such as anti-inflammatory medications like Advil and aspirin in the days leading up to your session. These drugs can increase your chances of bruising and bleeding after treatment. Also, minimizing activities such as tanning, waxing, or bleaching can reduce irritation to the skin and help maximize your results.
During your session, the hyaluronic acid gel will be delivered just under the skin via ultrafine needles. Thicker formulations, like Voluma, may be gently massaged and molded into the area to encourage a smooth and symmetric application. Some of these products contain lidocaine, a topical analgesic, but most patients report a comfortable experience. Sessions typically last under an hour.
After Your Session
In the days and weeks following your session, it is important to keep following the advice given to you in the consultation stage. Now is also the time to take especially good care of your skin, and you should avoid intense heat and exercise in the 48 hours following treatment. As with most things, drinking lots of water and eating healthy meals will ensure that your skin receives the nutrients and hydration it needs.
How Juvederm Improves Skin
Dermal fillers improve the appearance of facial contours by augmenting lost collagen in the skin. This family of products uses hyaluronic acid (HA), a polysaccharide that can hold up to one hundred times its weight in water. The body naturally produces HA as an important agent of hydration in the skin. However, as we get older, production slows, causing our skin to dry out and stretch thin.
The formulas in each product target a different area of the face and have been shown to support soft tissues while enhancing contours. They are specifically created to counter common problem areas around the eyes, cheeks, nose, lips, and chin. Our medical experts are experienced at developing treatment plans using these formulations in combination with each other.
What Areas Can Be Treated?
The midface area includes the corners of the eyes down to the nose, and further down to the corners of your mouth and nasolabial folds (NSFs). such as the nasolabial folds. These areas descend over time, succumbing to gravity as they lose collagen. The NSFs and mouth are two of the first areas to show signs of aging, making us look older and more tired. These dermal fillers have been used to successfully treat and lift the NSFs as well as the middle and upper cheeks.
This area includes the jawline, mouth, and lower cheeks. The lower face is particularly susceptible to the appearance of descending lines and frowning, so this area deserves as much attention as the cheeks. Many doctors mix and match the hyaluronic gels in this family to customize treatments for your individual needs and desired results.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
While most patients seeking dermal filler treatment are over age 30, even young people can experience dull, sagging skin due to health conditions, hormone problems, or skin disorders. If you are over 21 and feeling dissatisfied with your skin, you are likely a good candidate for treatment.
Many people turn to dermal fillers when they find they are not good candidates for cosmetic surgeries or other restorative services. For this reason, dermal fillers have become popular among a variety of demographics for their safety, efficacy, and convenience.
How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?
Until now, collagen replacement treatments were the only true dermal fillers. While they were effective, they were also short-lived. Most collagen fillers lasted less than six months. Hyaluronic acid gels give much longer results – some lasting up to two years or more.
That being said since everyone’s body responds differently to therapeutics, there are a variety of factors that will determine how long results will last. Each product is formulated differently. Some have a molecular structure that resists breaking down in the body longer than others. Some are thicker than others, so they are injected more deeply into the skin. These all play a role in the longevity of results.
How Quickly Will I See Results?
Because injectable dermal fillers are delivered just under the skin, results are instantly noticeable for most people. Some hyaluronic acid gels are thick enough that they can be molded and massaged by hand to instantly improve the contours of the face. Some patients report that their results continue to improve after the first two to three weeks after the gel settles into the skin.
How Is Juvederm Different?
With hyaluronic acid as its primary ingredient, this treatment assimilates easily into the skin and is generally well-tolerated. Research has shown that continued use of HA can actually stimulate the body’s own collagen production over time. In addition, some of the products in this family use HA that has been strengthened with technology that reinforces its molecular structure.
The HA molecules in Vollure, Voluma, and Volbella are modified using a technology called Vycross. This process links together HA molecules of various weights, resulting in a stronger, more durable HA formula. This gives the product the stability necessary to resist breaking down in the body longer than other fillers.
The Juvederm Family
Voluma is the first FDA-approved hyaluronic acid product to contain lidocaine, a topical anesthetic. Because it is the thickest of all the gels in this family, it is injected more deeply into the dermis and molded to the desired facial contours. Voluma is a good option for the cheeks and surrounding skin, as well as the jawline, chin, and mouth. This product is the longest-lasting of all the gels in this family.
In contrast, Volbella is the thinnest of the gels in this family. It is formulated to be softer and more spreadable than its counterparts, making it ideal for treating the fragile skin around the mouth. It’s lighter texture allows for more natural facial expressions and typically lasts for up to a year.
Like Volbella, Ultra XC is also used for the mouth area, but its higher water affinity does more to enhance suppleness for a fuller contour. It also augments moderate to severe facial lines in the nasolabial folds and smile lines. This product has been shown to last up to a year.
Vollure has a medium consistency designed for spreadability so that it can withstand the frequent muscle movements in areas such as the mouth and marionette lines. It is durable enough to handle high-mobility areas, but it is also thin enough to fold with the skin for more natural facial expressions.
This product instantly augments moderate to severe wrinkles and folds near the mouth and nose. Designed to withstand the high-mobility areas of the lower face, this product is injected more deeply into the dermis. Research suggests that this product can last up to a year.
After just one session, treatment results are often immediate. Since these gels are injected directly into the skin, they instantly support underlying tissues to plump and lift the skin. As the skin is lifted, other flaws such as scarring, sun damage, and hollow areas are minimized as well.
Though these juvederm treatments are injectables, the ultrafine needles cover a smaller area than traditional fillers. With the newer technologies, accuracy is improved and the formulas are well-tolerated. Because the HA used in these formulas are not animal-derived and are already naturally present in the body, reactions are uncommon. When reactions do happen, it is usually due to another ingredient in the formula, such as lidocaine.
Since these products last almost twice as long as their rivals, patients experience fewer office visits and maintenance treatments – which saves both time and money. Treatment sessions last less than an hour and are completed in the office. Most people can return to their normal activities immediately after their treatment.
Not only do these products have the benefit of outlasting all of their rivals, but they are also reversible, smooth to inject, and biodegradable. While collagen replacement treatments of the past typically lasted under six months, Juvederm treatments last up to two years in the body. In addition, studies suggest that long-term use can create permanent beneficial changes in the skin, and there is evidence that long-term use can create permanent changes that benefit the skin.
Hyaluronic acid treatments have a low-risk profile, and they continue to be ranked highly by dermatologists. Studies consistently show the benefits of these fillers, including long-term improvement of skin quality. Juvederm products are the longest-lasting, smoothest, and most cohesive hyaluronic acid fillers on the market.
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Juvederm’s HA gel dermal fillers are safe, convenient, and highly effective. These products have evolved a long way from the short-lived collagen replacement treatments of decades past. If you are ready to reclaim healthy, vibrant skin, our medical team is excited to serve you. Call our qualified professionals at CJM Aesthetics in Bay Village, OH to schedule your consultation today.