Before looking in-depth at Juvederm, it may be helpful to understand the causes of facial aging as it relates to treatment with dermal fillers. Your skin contains certain substances like hyaluronic acid that tend to decline in both quantity and quality as you grow older. The purpose of hyaluronic acid in your skin is to create hydration. HA is ubiquitous in soft tissues like between your joints and skin. In your joints, hyaluronic acid acts as a cushion for harsh impacts. Your skin benefits from hyaluronic acid by becoming more volumized and hydrated.
As you grow older and lose hyaluronic acid, your skin will naturally become thinner and drier. Think of a dry riverbed. The dryer it gets the more cracks develop on the surface. Wrinkles are crack that become creases and folds over time. That is where Juvederm comes in.
A Juvederm treatment can help to reverse the process of facial aging created by a deficiency of hyaluronic acid. It contains hyaluronic acid within an extremely smooth gel that works very easily using the injection delivery method. After injection at the treatment sites, the product begins to immediately draw moisture into your skin to hydrate and plump it. In addition to hyaluronic acid, the gel contains lidocaine to ensure the confort of the patient.
As you grow older, your skin may begin to sag, and your cheeks may flatten. This can be a result of volume loss in your cheek area. The Voluma product was specifically formulated to create volume under the surface of your skin to contour and lift the cheek area.
The Volbella product is a gel that is delivered using an injection into your lips to augment them and correct “lipstick lines” in adults.
If you are dealing with moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles like “parentheses lines” around your mouth and nose, we can inject you with Vollure to temporarily correct these types of wrinkles, leading to a more youthful and smooth facial appearance.
What is Juvéderm?
Juvéderm® is a form of facial filler. This means that it is designed to restore volume to areas of the face where it is administered using the main ingredient, Hyaluronic Acid, or HA.
HA binds water to our skin, plumping it out and making it appear smooth, radiant and youthful. Hyaluronic acid is also one of the naturally-occurring substances that is affected by aging. By reintroducing hyaluronic acid to those areas of our face where we have lost volume, the fullness of our face can be restored, smoothing out lines and wrinkles and enabling us to look rejuvenated and younger than before.
In addition to filling out fine lines and wrinkles, Juvéderm® can be beneficial reducing the appearance of scarring from acne. This is because by plumping out the skin, it will stretch and scarring will become far less noticeable.
The Procedure for Juvéderm®
Juvéderm® is an injectable product, and the fillers are injected directly into the skin at the pre-determined locations. Before the procedure, you will be given a topical anesthetic which will help to numb the areas of your face where it is being applied. However, the needle used is extremely thin and patients experience little or no discomfort even without the anesthetic.
Juvéderm® tends to be placed into areas on the lower part of the face, such as the cheeks, around the nose and mouth and along the jawline. Our experienced cosmetic specialists will work with you to determine where best to place your fillers so that you achieve the improvements that you are looking for.
Juvéderm treatment can typically be completed in a lunch break, and there is no downtime required, meaning that you can head straight back to work or your usual daily activities. Some patients experience some light bruising or swelling around the injection sites, but this usually lasts no longer than 48 hours after your procedure.
How Long Do the Effects of Juvéderm® Last?
Juvéderm is a temporary solution and as such, will need to be administered with some regularity in order for you to sustain your results. Exactly how long the effects last can vary between patients, but typically further treatment is required anywhere from four to nine months after the initial series of injections.