Have you thought about plastic surgery, wrinkle reduction systems or facial fillers? One of the more popular options in Lake Nona and throughout Orlando is Juvéderm. But what is it and how does it work?
Everyone’s skin ages differently and you might want to rejuvenate problem areas. Young, healthy-looking skin contains an abundance of a naturally hydrating substance called hyaluronic acid (HA). As you age, sunlight and other factors can reduce the amount of HA in your skin. This lack of HA causes your skin to lose structure and volume, creating unwanted facial wrinkles and folds – like those parentheses lines around your nose and mouth.
The Juvéderm® family of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers provides a smooth, long-lasting correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles, folds, and volume loss. With just one treatment, you could get smooth and natural-looking results that last up to a year. Juvéderm injectable gel is available in two formulations—JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC for versatility in contouring and volumizing facial wrinkles and folds in the skin, and JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus XC, a robust formulation for volumizing and correcting deeper folds and wrinkles in the skin. This allows Juvéderm to better tailor to your unique skin volume needs. Juvéderm is an excellent alternative to a face lift, and can provide up to 80-90% of the effect of surgery with a more natural appearance.
The Juvéderm® family of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers provides a smooth, long-lasting correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles, folds, and volume loss.
What am I putting in my body?
Juvéderm is made of Hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a naturally occurring component of your skin. In fact, 40% of your dermis (the deep layer) is made from HA. Some forms of HA are derived from other animals (roosters, pigs) but these forms of HA have unique proteins that can make them more susceptible to an allergic reaction, whereas Juvéderm is manufactured using HYLACROSS™ technology, creating a smooth-consistency gel. Bacteria are completely removed at the end of their process and there is no residual protein to cause an allergic reaction with Juvéderm.
Is there anything I would need to do before treatment?
We recommend you stop medications that can prolong bleeding, such as aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), for at least a week prior to receiving treatment in order to reduce the risk of bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
What can I expect after the treatment?
Because Juvéderm is a simple, nonsurgical wrinkle treatment, there is minimal recovery or downtime, and the results are instant. So you can schedule an appointment on the way home from work or the gym, or even while the kids are at soccer practice. You will be advised to avoid strenuous exercise, consumption of alcoholic beverages and extended exposure to sun or heat for 24 hours and then you can get right back to your daily routine. Bruising is the most common consequence after the procedure and it can vary from person to person; most of the bruising will resolve within one to two weeks.
Unique Benefits of Using Juvederm Voluma™ XC
Have you heard of Voluma to help lessen the appearance of the “smile lines” around your face and cheeks? How do you know if it will work for you and when should you expect to see a positive change?
First, let’s discuss what Voluma actually is.
What is Voluma?
Voluma is a unique hyaluronic acid filler from the makers of Juvederm and Botox. Hyaluronic acid is proven to restore age-related volume loss in the cheeks and cheekbones, the root cause of many aging changes. Before Voluma, surgery was the only option to lift the overlying skin and lessen the appearance the deeper soft creases.
Voluma was approved by the FDA in December 2013 and is the first filler to “temporarily correct age-related volume loss in the cheek area of adults over the age of 21.”
Key Benefits of Voluma
As we age, a combination of fat and bone absorption causes skin to sag and a hollowing of the cheeks to develop. Voluma works to temporarily restore the effects of aging by restoring the volume in the mid-face. Voluma treats the root problem of mid-face aging changes, and improves the appearance, convexity, and contour of the area! Some of the primary benefits include:
It is the only hyaluronic acid-based filler to receive FDA approval.
Results appear noticeable upon treatment.
Age reversing effects can last for up to 2 years.
How Does Voluma Work And How Many Syringes Will I Need?
Voluma is a hyaluronic acid filler. Hyaluronic Acid is a moisturizer that is found naturally in our skin. Over time, the amount of Hyaluronic Acid diminishes, which leads to sagging. By replacing this component in the skin, Voluma is able to return the firm, plump, and contoured look of the young mid-face.
Best administered by Board-Certified physician specialized in a core-facial aesthetic specialty (such as Ophthalmology) or an experienced Physician Assistant, a pre-filled Voluma syringe is injected deep into the skin, just above the cheekbone to restore volume. If pain is your concern, no need to worry. Juvederm Voluma XC comes pre-mixed with lidocaine for patient comfort. Lidocaine will numb during and after the injections.
While each patient is different, the number of syringes each patient may need depends on the amount of volume loss. A general rule of thumb is one syringe per decade of life. Some patients may benefit from less, and some may need more. The ultimate effect is outstanding, however!
How Long Does Voluma Last?
Patients who dislike returning for frequent procedures would be happy to know that Voluma can last for up to two years. Like other fillers, Voluma is made of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in the skin. While most fillers are injected into the nasolabial folds, like laugh lines, Voluma goes deeper and is applied to the top of cheekbones. This allows physicians to reverse signs of aging by lifting the face and restoring volume.
What Are the Side Effects of Voluma?
Similar to other fillers, Voluma has a few side effects, which include tenderness, bruising, and swelling; all of which clear up within a week of treatment.