If you’ve been noticing more unwanted fine lines and wrinkles on your skin lately, then you aren’t alone. After a certain age, it becomes more common for certain visible signs of aging to appear. Luckily, at ShineMD Medspa & Liposuction Center in Houston, TX, we know one of the best ways to address these signs of aging is with aesthetic treatments like dermal fillers. Juvederm dermal injections are a non-surgical, highly effective treatment that can restore your youthful appearance.
Are You a Candidate for Juvederm?
The vast majority of people are good candidates for Juvederm dermal fillers. Not only is this particular collection of fillers ideal for people who do not want to have surgery or who have not had success with other injectables, such as Botox, but this treatment is also generally hypoallergenic. The key ingredients in this dermal filler are manufactured from non-animal ingredients, which makes it unlikely to trigger allergic reactions.
Those who are good candidates for this collection of dermal fillers include women who are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding, those who want to contour the appearance of their face, and those who want to eliminate visible signs of aging. This treatment can be used for any gender and any skin type or tone. We can further determine your eligibility during a consultation appointment.
Why Choose Juvederm?
There are plenty of reasons to choose this brand of dermal filler over other options, and that’s why Juvederm dermal fillers are one of the most popular aesthetic treatments across the globe. For one thing, this treatment is non-surgical and minimally invasive, which means it’s a great option for those who want to look younger without the pain and recovery time associated with facelifts.
Dermal injections are also incredibly effective for restoring lost volume, which can be particularly hard to combat if you are experiencing moderate to severe skin laxity. The plumping effect of dermal fillers can instantly increase skin volume, smooth the appearance of wrinkles, and improve the overall texture of your skin.
Is This Dermal Filler Better Than Botox?
One of the most common questions patients have is whether or not dermal fillers are better than Botox. The truth is that dermal fillers and neuromodulators are both extremely beneficial for patients, but each treatment serves a different purpose. While dermal fillers are localized and designed to restore volume, neuromodulators have a thinner spread and tackle wrinkles by relaxing the tension in facial muscles that contributes to the appearance of wrinkles.
That said, many people opt for dermal fillers instead of neuromodulators because there is less chance of developing a tolerance for the ingredients used in fillers, and that means more consistent results over time.
What Can This Dermal Filler Treat?
All fillers in the Juvederm collection are well-known for smoothing the appearance of wrinkles and increasing skin volume for a more youthful appearance. However, it’s worth noting that most dermal fillers are used to treat mild, moderate, and severe wrinkles on the mid-face, which means this treatment isn’t ordinarily used for lines on the forehead. This treatment is most effective for treating concerns such as:
- Skin laxity
- Verticle lip lines
- Smile lines
- Nasolabial lines
- Crow’s feet
- Hollow cheeks
- Chin wrinkles
While this dermal filler is known for restoring volume, it’s also important to note that fillers in this collection can also be used for contouring the face. Contouring refers to altering the shape of the bones and planes of the face to achieve a specific aesthetic appearance. For example, some patients like to contour the appearance of their nose tip, lips, cheekbones, or jawline.
How Does This Filler Work?
Like all dermal fillers, this treatment is administered via a small, thin needle that delivers the special filler formula directly to the localized areas of the face where signs of aging are most visible. Usually, this treatment will take about 20 to 30 minutes to complete depending on how many areas are being treated.
The key to this particular treatment is hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule in the skin that is critical for maintaining moisture in the skin. Hyaluronic acid binds to water and is capable of holding many times its own weight in water, which is why it’s so important for maintain skin volume. This special molecule is also scientifically proven to increase natural collagen production within the skin, which also helps maintain a youthful appearance.
The Juvederm Collection: Which Option Is Right for You?
Since the FDA first approved the original formula in 2006, this collection has grown to accommodate several specialized varieties of fillers that are used to treat specific areas of concern. Because everyone has different needs, skin types, and aesthetic goals, it’s often the case that the specific filler use for your treatment may be one of the specialized formulas. Your options will include:
Vollure is a dense filler that is ideal for smoothing the appearance of severe or pronounced wrinkles on the face. This filler is designed to address deeper wrinkles and folds, as well as filling in hollow areas on the mid-face. This filler can produce results that last as long as 18 months.
Voluma is a variant that is designed specifically for filling in significant lost volume in the cheeks and mid-face. In fact, restoring volume in the cheeks can be especially challenging because both fat and skin volume are lost to the natural aging process, and that means more volume needs to be restored for a youthful appearance.
This particular variant works deep within the layers of skin on the cheeks to restore a plush texture and can produce results that last for up to 24 months.
Volbella is a variant that was formulated for restoring volume in the lips and can even be used to contour the appearance of the lips. Because the lips have thinner and more sensitive skin, Volbella is designed to have a silky texture that moves and feels natural. This filler can last up to six to 12 months at a time.
Ultra Plus is an updated version of the original formula and is ideal for treating moderate age-related concerns on the whole face, including the lips. While this filler is sometimes used solely for correcting the most serious wrinkles, it’s also versatile enough to be used for virtually all areas of concern. The results of Ultra Plus can last 12 to 18 months at a time, depending on where the filler is used.
How Should You Prepare for Your Treatment?
The first step of your treatment process, particularly if you’ve never used a dermal filler before, will be to attend a consultation appointment at our office. The consultation will establish your goals and expectations for your treatment, as well as help identify the filler variant that is ideal for your treatment.
After your consultation, there are only a few things you will need to do to prepare for your treatment. For example, you should stop using any non-prescription medications and supplements, especially those that may cause blood-thinning. You will also need to avoid irritating skin products that may cause dryness or breakouts.
What Should You Expect From Your Appointment?
Your dermal filler treatment will be a “lunchtime” appointment that can be completed in under an hour. The treatment appointment will be comfortable and painless due to the fact that we use a topical numbing cream in addition to the lidocaine that is already in the injectable formula.
Immediately after your treatment, you will be able to return to your typical daily activities, including driving yourself home or going back to work.
What Should You Do After Your Treatment?
After your appointment, you will be given a list of post-treatment guidelines that will ensure that you receive positive results after your treatment. Although there is no formal downtime associated with this treatment, it’s still important to follow the post-treatment recommendations to get the best possible results.
There are specific things you should avoid doing after your appointment. For example, you will need to avoid heat and sun after your treatment, including saunas, hot showers, hot tubs, tanning, and sunbathing.
You will also need to avoid massaging or rubbing your face for at least seven to 14 days after your treatment to ensure that your filler has enough time to settle into your skin. You will be able to use gentle cleansers and tepid water, but please do not use derma rollers, harsh exfoliators, or other at-home techniques that may disrupt the filler.
When Will You See Results?
Most people will be able to see the results of this treatment immediately after the appointment. This is because the hyaluronic acid in the filler will quickly bind with the skin and instantly add volume to the treatment areas. Many patients notice that lips and cheeks appear fuller more quickly, while it may take a few more days for severe lines and wrinkles to appear smoother. Your results will appear quickly and will look natural, which is the goal of this treatment.
Your results may even gradually improve over time as your body responds to the hyaluronic acid in the treatment by producing more natural collagen. It’s common for your results to improve for two to four weeks before settling. Your results will continue to look good for several months even after the hyaluronic acid in the filler is absorbed and metabolized.
How Can You Maintain Your Results?
Maintaining the results of your treatment is easy when you keep up with your regular maintenance appointments. These appointments will be scheduled on a frequency that matches how long the results of your filler are projected to last. For example, this means that if your filler is supposed to last for two years, you will have a maintenance appointment every 24 months. Similarly, if your filler only lasts 12 months, you will need another appointment in a year.
Other things you can do to maintain your results include wearing SPF during the day to prevent premature breakdown of the filler caused by UV ray exposure. You should also use skincare products that promote collagen production, including products containing hyaluronic acid.
Enjoy a More Youthful Appearance Today
The Juvederm collection of dermal fillers has many options to help you achieve your appearance-related goals. from fine lines and wrinkles to contouring the volume of the lips, dermal fillers can effectively restore a youthful appearance with natural-looking results that can last for more than 12 months. If you think this collection of dermal fillers is an ideal match for your aesthetic goals, please contact ShineMD Medspa & Liposuction Center in Houston, TX to schedule your consultation appointment today.