Are you experiencing the telltale signs of aging skin? Do you notice lines and wrinkles on your forehead, thinning lips or cheeks, or perhaps a deepening of folds near the mouth and nose? Millions of patients struggle with these exact same issues every day. Everyone’s skin is different, and there are many factors involved, such as genetics and sun exposure. The signs of aging can come in middle age for some people and earlier for others. One of the world’s leading treatments for symptoms of aging skin is the dermal filler Juvederm, available from the World Wellness Health Institute in Bala Cynwyd, PA.
This is a specific brand of dermal filler that entered the market in 2006 after being tested in clinical trials and shown to be a safe and effective option for the reduction of wrinkles and facial lines. The treatment works by using a naturally-occurring sugar known as “hyaluronic acid” or “HA” for short. By injecting HA into aging skin, dermatologists can restore volume to lips and cheeks or they can mitigate the effects of wrinkles, frown lines, or nasolabial folds. Although there are multiple HA treatments available, this is one of the most well-known and trusted in the world.
How Does Hyaluronic Acid Work?
HA is a chemical that we all have in our skin. It is responsible for delivering nutrients to various parts of the skin and for keeping skin hydrated. HA works by binding to water, which helps the skin retain better hydration as a result.
As our skin matures, several changes take place. Production of collagen decreases, which can lead to greater skin laxity and a higher risk for wrinkles and lines. The amount of HA in our skin also declines. This leads to lost volume in the lower layers of the skin and more visible wrinkles on the surface.
What Makes HA Fillers Effective?
Hyaluronic acid fillers replenish your body’s supply of HA with multiple injections of the substance in a targeted treatment area. When HA is reintroduced into an area of the skin, it gradually begins to bind to water and restores your skin’s natural youthfulness and supple tone. The increase in volume helps to smooth lines on the surface of the skin and can also be used to lift and contour the cheek line or add plumpness to the lips.
What Are the Benefits of Treatment?
HA fillers have gained widespread recognition in the world of dermal aesthetics. While it’s tempting to say that there is one specific reason for this, the truth is that HA fillers have multiple advantages to them.
The active ingredient is a substance that we all carry in our skin. It’s just that as we age, we start to need more of it. By focusing on natural ingredients rather than synthetic chemicals, the filler is able to work with your skin rather than against it.
HA fillers are also popular in part because they are a non-surgical solution to a common problem. For many years, facelifts or other complicated surgeries were the standard treatment for aging skin, but surgery is not always a possibility for every patient.
Excellent Neurotoxin Alternative
In addition, HA fillers can be a different choice from other injectables. Neurotoxins like Botox also do not work for everyone equally, and in some cases they can lose their effectiveness over time as patients build up a resistance to the treatment. HA fillers can be incredibly effective alternatives to Botox or other neurotoxin injections.
Very Quick Treatment Sessions
Because the treatment is minimally invasive and simple to administer, the sessions themselves are almost always under an hour. This has the advantage of being minimally invasive when it comes to your daily schedule, as well.
All varieties of this filler include lidocaine, which is a local anesthetic that acts as a numbing agent. This will help to block any painful sensation and ensure a comfortable treatment.
No Recovery Period
Due to the nature of the injections, you will not need a lengthy recovery period as you would for a facelift or even a partial lift. The filler is meant to be a convenient option for patients who lead busy lives and don’t want to put their entire week on hold for treatment. Most activities can be resumed immediately after a session or within one day.
Trusted Treatment With a High Satisfaction Rating
This treatment has been used by millions of people and has an established track record showing years of positive results. The vast majority of patients are very happy with their results, and many return to get new injections either in a different treatment area or for follow-up treatment if they desire.
What Areas Can Be Treated?
There are many areas of the face that can be treated with this filler. The most common areas are the marionette lines (which stretch from the corners of the mouth down to the chin) and the nasolabial folds (also called parenthesis lines, which stretch from the bottom corners of the nose). Nasolabial folds can often become quite pronounced over time and may require a strong treatment. In addition, certain varieties of this injectible can also target areas around the mouth, fix lip lines, or add volume to the cheeks.
How Fast Do You See Results From Juvederm?
There are multiple types of this filler, and different types will treat different specific areas like the nasolabial folds, lips, or cheeks. Although everyone reacts differently, in most cases you will notice at least some results right away. As the HA becomes absorbed into your skin, you will see an increase in volume and plumpness underneath the skin. However, it is important to realize that it takes Juvederm roughly two weeks to settle into place.
Over the first week or two, the appearance of the treatment may change somewhat as the filler sets. As a result, patients should not assume that the initial results will look like their “long-term” results. Ideal results are achieved after two weeks, once the filler stabilizes.
How Long Do Results Last?
Most Varieties (12-18 Months)
All the major varieties of this filler take roughly two weeks to settle into place, but there is a range of “longevity” when it comes to maintaining these ideal results. Most forms of the filler last at least one year, although some last a year and a half. After this point, a maintenance or tune-up treatment may be needed to ensure the continuation of your desired aesthetic.
Voluma XC (Up to 24 Months)
Voluma XC, which is a particular version used to lift, contour, and add volume to the cheeks, lasts longer. While other varieties will only last a year to eighteen months, Voluma XC will typically show strong results for up to two years after the initial injection session.
What Is Voluma XC?
If you’re struggling with hollow cheeks, then Voluma XC may be just the filler for you. This is a special formula that is designed for the unique challenges of the cheek and cheek line.
The skin on our faces is not all the same level of thickness, and it is the thickest around our cheeks. Because of this, Voluma XC is injected at a deeper level than other varieties of the filler. The deep injection into the lower layer can result in restoring the significant volume loss that many people experience. It also means that Voluma XC can stay active longer, which is why it can show results for two years.
Is This Filler Safe?
This treatment was approved by the FDA in 2006 following rigorous testing and clinical trials. In the years since then, it has treated millions of patients successfully and has been shown to be a safe choice for the treatment of facial lines and wrinkles. Due to the naturally-occurring quality of hyaluronic acid, it is nearly impossible for patients to have an allergic reaction. However, as lidocaine is an essential part of the solution, it is important to let our medical staff know if you have an allergy to this anesthetic.
How Do You Prepare for a Treatment Session?
Fortunately, there is very little that patients need to do in order to get ready for treatment. There are a few things that affect nearly everyone.
Patients are generally advised to avoid topical skincare products or tanning right before treatment, as these processes can result in tender skin that is more sensitive to an injection. In addition, the use of aspirin or other blood-thinning medicines is discouraged. Alcohol consumption before treatment is also discouraged. If there are any other requirements due to your specific medical history, we will make sure to cover them during your pre-injection consultation.
What Is a Treatment Session Like?
The dermal filler will be injected into your treatment area with a very fine, thin needle. These needles are designed to minimize discomfort as well as provide pinpoint accuracy for the treatment session. During the injection, the lidocaine in the solution will ensure that discomfort is minimized. However, our office also has the option of applying a topical numbing cream to the treatment area before the injection, if you so desire. This extra step can help ensure that there is no discomfort from the process, and we take every effort to keep our guests comfortable during treatment.
What Happens After a Treatment Session?
Patients can resume normal activities almost immediately following treatment. Strenuous activities and exercise should be avoided for at least 12 hours to 24 hours. Alcohol consumption should be avoided for 24 hours after treatment. Tanning, sunbathing, and any activities that subject the skin to extreme heat (such as saunas or hot tubs) should also be avoided for one to two days.
How Much Does Treatment Cost?
The cost varies based on the individual patient’s needs and aesthetic goals. Some patients will combine this filler with another brand or perhaps even a different type of treatment altogether. Because of the numerous factors that affect pricing, it’s best to schedule a consultation. A full discussion of the cost (and available financing options) will be included in your personal aesthetic consultation, which takes place before the treatment session.
What Happens During a Consultation?
A personal consultation is our chance to get to know you and your desires for treatment. We get an idea of your goals, what you hope to accomplish, your expectations and concerns. We go over your medical history to ensure that there are no obstacles to proceeding with the treatment.
Of course, a consultation is not just our chance to ask you questions. It’s also your opportunity to ask us anything else you want to know about the treatment so you have all the information you need.
Are you ready to join millions of other Americans in experiencing fuller and smoother skin? You can achieve the look you’ve been dreaming about with Juvederm. Simply contact World Wellness Health Institute in Bala Cynwyd, PA and book your consultation today!