As we age, our skin’s vital collagen support structure begins to deteriorate. This can lead to a number of common aging concerns, including fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. In the past, invasive procedures were the only effective way to achieve attractive, long-lasting results. Today, we’re proud to offer Juvederm, a line of non-invasive dermal fillers that can be used to create a smoother, more youthful appearance in minutes. Our team at Precision MD in Elk Grove, CA, is ready to help you learn more about this innovative anti-aging treatment.
What Is Juvederm?
Juvederm is the name for a line of dermal fillers created to address common signs of aging in the face. These fillers are approved by the FDA and can treat a number of facial regions, including the cheeks, chin, and lips.
Each filler is specially formulated to maximize its effectiveness when used to correct certain concerns. Their base is hyaluronic acid, which is produced by the body as a cushioning, hydrating sugar and can be used to build long-lasting volume under the surface of the skin. This gel filler safely dissolves into your body over time and can be used for long-term treatment as desired. Each appointment lasts just 10-45 minutes on average, depending on how many areas you choose to treat.
The injections are completely painless thanks to a combination of topical anesthetic and lidocaine, which is included in each unit of filler. Thanks to the variety of products we offer, you could see mild to severe signs of aging improve with just one treatment. This can seriously boost your self-esteem as you watch your ideal image appear before your eyes.
What Concerns Can Be Treated?
Juvederm’s natural base of hyaluronic acid makes it safe and effective for most patients and stages of the aging process. In addition, cross-linking technology in the gel filler allows it to address several common signs of aging. Here are a few of the most-treated concerns at our office.
Fine lines can seem barely visible, but they grow deeper with time and create an uneven texture in the skin. These lines often form in the skin around the eyes, brows, across the forehead, and around the mouth. Treatment with a dermal filler helps fill these thin lines by tightening and lifting the skin.
Wrinkles are slightly more noticeable than fine lines and can affect every area of the face. A dermal filler can help erase wrinkles by volumizing the skin, treating even severe wrinkles caused by progressive collagen breakdown.
Loose and sagging skin is the direct result of the collagen framework breakdown in the skin. You may notice your skin sagging around your eyes, mouth, and jawline, giving your whole face a downturned appearance. A dermal filler is able to correct mild to moderate skin laxity by filling the skin and restoring its firm, smooth appearance.
Cheeks and Midface
The face can begin to lose volume as the aging process progresses. This most often impacts the midface, which can appear sunken, and the cheeks, which may appear hollow instead of full and round. Dermal fillers can lift the midface and create plump, younger-looking cheeks in one simple appointment.
The lips often become thin and ill-defined with age. If you want to create a natural, attractive volume in the lips, this dermal filler is an excellent treatment option for most patients. The gel filler creates a smooth, skin-like texture, fills fine lines around the mouth, and redefines and plumps your lips.
Which Fillers Are Available?
We are proud to offer a broad range of Juvederm fillers to meet all of your anti-aging needs. Here is an overview of what each filler can offer you:
This filler is designed to be used to fill the skin around the mouth, including mild to moderate nasolabial folds, smile lines, and smoker’s lines. In addition, we can use this filler to restore the natural border and fullness of your lips.
Ultra Plus XC
This product is used to erase moderate to severe nasolabial folds and lines around the nose and mouth. Because the skin in these areas is thicker, this filler formula is about 20% thicker than Ultra XC. This allows us to treat severe signs of aging with ease.
This volumizing filler is the only FDA-approved dermal filler for the cheeks. We use this filler to restore lost volume to your cheeks and midface, giving your entire appearance a subtle lift and enhancing the treatments administered in other areas.
Vollure is used to treat moderate to severe lines and wrinkles in various areas of the face. Its slightly thicker formula gives it a powerful smoothing ability and allows us to erase even the most stubborn signs of aging.
This unique filler was created for filling lines around the mouth and boosting the volume of your lips. With one easy treatment, we can erase smoker’s lines, redefine the border of your lips, and plump your upper and lower lip to achieve a more youthful appearance.
How Fast Does It Start to Work?
As an injectable dermal filler, Juvederm creates immediate lift in the treated areas. This allows our talented doctors to see the results of each injection and build volume steadily to create your ideal image. It also means that you can begin enjoying your new, smooth skin as soon as your appointment is over.
The recovery period for this treatment is straightforward for most patients and requires zero downtime. You will notice improvements in your appearance as the injected hyaluronic acid creates a hydrating effect, which can increase the brightness and glow of your skin.
How Long Does It Last?
Depending on the filler or combination of fillers used, this treatment can deliver results lasting six months to two years in total. Your individual results may vary based on your skin type, the nature of your concerns, and your general skincare after treatment.
One of the most important things you can do to prolong your results is to limit your time in direct sun exposure and wear sunscreen whenever you are outdoors. Once your results begin to deteriorate, you can choose to have touch-up injections or pursue follow-up treatment to maintain your ideal image.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate?
If you’re an adult man or woman who wishes to see signs of aging corrected and smooth, youthful skin restored without surgery, you could be an ideal candidate for treatment with Juvederm. A good candidate is generally healthy and has informed expectations about the results they may see after treatment.
The majority of candidates are over the age of 40, but many younger candidates who wish to correct developing signs of aging find that this treatment is a convenient, effective way to keep their skin looking its best. The hyaluronic base makes this filler safe for almost every skin tone, type, and sensitivities.
You may not be an ideal candidate if you have an active skin irritation or infection in the target area. In addition, this treatment may not be right for you if you experience severe skin laxity, which cannot be effectively treated with a dermal filler, or dynamic wrinkles, which are caused by facial muscle movement and can be treated with a neurotoxin like Botox. If you have questions about whether this treatment is right for you, one of our doctors can help you evaluate your specific concerns during your initial consultation.
What Should I Expect?
If you’re considering treatment with dermal fillers, you might be wondering what you should expect. Here is a general idea of what our patients experience when they have a Juvederm treatment at our office:
During your initial consultation, you will meet with one of our doctors and discuss your desired results. Your doctor will examine your skin, assess your areas of concern, and review your medical history. These steps will help them determine whether treatment with dermal fillers is right for you.
f you are approved for treatment, your doctor will recommend a personalized treatment plan based on your unique concerns and ideal image. This plan will include the types of fillers that will best address your aging concerns and a general idea of how often you should pursue treatment to maintain your results.
Preparing for this treatment is fairly simple, and your doctor will provide you with detailed instructions at the end of your consultation. We recommend that you avoid blood-thinning medications and alcohol for several days before your treatment to reduce your risk of bruising or bleeding.
In addition, you should wait to try any new skincare products or treatments that could irritate your skin. Finally, you limit your sun exposure and avoid sunburn before your appointment to keep your skin healthy and more likely to make a quick recovery.
We recommend that you avoid applying makeup to any of the target areas before your appointment. Your doctor will clean your skin, then apply a topical numbing cream to the target areas. This will ensure your comfort during treatment. Once your skin is completely numb, your doctor will inject the dermal filler into your skin.
Each injection will fill and plump the skin, allowing your doctor to build volume and create your ideal image instantly. Your appointment could take between 10-45 minutes, depending on the areas you have treated. If you choose to combine dermal filler injections with one of our other treatment options, your appointment may take longer.
Once your treatment is complete, you can see your results. You should notice that your skin appears firmer and smoother and that the noticeability of lines, wrinkles, and loose skin in the target areas is greatly reduced. Once your doctor gives you instructions for recovery, you can return to your normal activities with zero downtime.
To speed your recovery, you should keep the injection sites clean and avoid any irritation to your skin. Do not use any untested skincare products or treatments for several days after treatment, and wear sunscreen whenever you are outdoors to avoid sunburn.
You should avoid touching or rubbing the target areas for 48 hours to allow the dermal filler to settle. Your skin should be healed within a week of treatment.
Since your results are immediately visible, you can expect to enjoy them from the day of your appointment until they begin to absorb safely into your body. This process typically begins six months to two years after treatment, but you may achieve longer-lasting results by avoiding harmful sun exposure and having touch-up treatments as needed.
Once your final results fade, you can return for your next treatment if you wish to maintain the image your first treatment achieved.
Contact Us for More Information!
To learn more about the restorative powers of this family of dermal fillers, contact our team of experts at Precision MD in Elk Grove, CA, to schedule an initial consultation today! We look forward to serving you soon.