Have you noticed lately that when you look in the mirror, you appear tired or worn out? Are deep lines starting to appear on the surface of your face and skin in the form of crow’s feet, frown lines, or folds near your mouth and nose? Do your lips and cheeks seem to be losing their youthful volume and suppleness? Millions of Americans struggle with these exact issues every year, but millions of Americans have also discovered a solution: hyaluronic acid dermal fillers such as Juvederm, offered by our team at Fountain of Youth Medical & Wellness Spa in Sanford, FL.
What Is a Dermal Filler?
A dermal filler is a quick, easy, non-surgical solution for aging skin. When our skin matures, we begin to lose many of the elements that give it a youthful appearance. Collagen decreases, as does elastin, and these are both responsible for keeping the skin taut and supple. In addition, we begin to lose the amount of hyaluronic acid that our skin naturally possesses. When this happens, we begin to lose volume in the skin, which leads to deeper folds and more noticeable wrinkles.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
Although this sounds like it might be a harmful substance, hyaluronic acid is actually a completely natural chemical that is found in everyone’s skin. It binds to water and keeps your skin naturally hydrated. When we age, our skin begins to lose the amount of this valuable substance. The result is that our skin starts to take on a thinner appearance unless we can reintroduce more hyaluronic acid back into the skin. This is exactly what these fillers do, and this process makes skin look naturally fuller and more youthful.
What Is Juvederm?
This is a specific type of hyaluronic acid filler that is injected under the skin. It is a non-toxic substance and works to correct lines on the face as well as to add volume to the lips and cheeks. It can add a defined contour to the edges of the face, chin, and nose. By reintroducing hyaluronic acid, it can be used to counter many of the most visible signs of aging skin.
One of the reasons this particular filler has been so popular with millions of Americans is that it has several different varieties, allowing for a maximum amount of customization and targeted treatment.
What Are the Different Types of Juvederm and What Do They Treat?
Each type of this filler is specially formulated to deliver targeted results to specific treatment areas. The most common places to use hyaluronic acid fillers are cheeks, lips, nasolabial folds, facial lines, and frown lines. By creating a unique mix for each treatment area, we can address the special concerns of every part of the face.
Sunken or Hollow Cheeks – Voluma XC
Do your cheeks seem to have lost their volume in recent years? Are they thinner or giving off a hollow appearance? This is a common effect of aging, but for many people, this is a serious concern. When we lose hyaluronic acid in our cheeks, it can give the impression that we are unwell, even if we are in perfect health. The issue may be as simple as restoring some volume and hyaluronic acid with Voluma XC.
How Does Voluma XC Work?
Voluma XC adds volume to your cheeks and sharpens the contours in the process. It is a smooth gel injectable that delivers long-lasting results. Because Voluma XC is injected into a deep layer of skin, it stays in the cheeks for longer than many other dermal fillers. Patients who use Voluma XC to treat sunken cheeks will find that they experience positive results for up to two years after their initial injection. The treatment is FDA-approved as a non-surgical treatment option for contouring and volumizing the cheeks.
Lips and Lines Near the Mouth – Volbella XC
Perhaps your problems are located elsewhere. If your trouble spots are thinning lips or lines around the region of the mouth, then you may want to look at Volbella XC instead. Thinning lips can be especially challenging because they are one of the most common signs associated with aging. Lips are also especially sensitive parts of the face, and extra care must be taken when injecting this area with a filler. Patients may also wish to alter the shape and outline of the lips. Volbella XC has been specially created to address these concerns.
How Does Volbella XC Work?
Volbella XC can be used to increase the size of your lips, but it can also contour the shape. In addition, many patients use Volbella XC to change the appearance of their lip lines. One of the things that makes Volbella XC unique is that it actually uses a slightly diluted concentration of hyaluronic acid in order to give it a “softer” feel and look. Volbella XC has been found to last for 12 months on average, making it a viable long term option when compared to many other dermal fillers.
Moderate Facial Folds and Wrinkles – Vollure XC and Ultra XC
Treating the lips and cheeks is important, but maybe you need to pay more attention to certain lines and folds that have become more evident recently. Many people particularly struggle with nasolabial folds and smile lines. These lines can become quite pronounced if not corrected. Vollure XC is the newest of these treatments and has been designed to address this exact problem. Ultra XC can also be used in these cases.
How Does Vollure XC Work?
Vollure XC will smooth and soften the appearance of these folds and wrinkles. It is used for moderate lines and is considered to be a medium level of concentration when it comes to the amount of hyaluronic acid in the formula. Vollure XC lasts for roughly 18 months, which is an excellent lifespan for any dermal filler that addresses smile lines.
How Does Ultra XC Work?
Ultra XC can be used for these moderate folds and wrinkles as well. Ultra XC is a versatile treatment, and it has been used for many applications like moderate folds and facial wrinkles, but also for augmenting and adding volume to the lips. Ultra XC has also been found to be effective for the treatment of acne scars, which sometimes require a finer touch. Ultra XC typically lasts for roughly 12 months after the initial injection session.
Heavy Facial Folds and Wrinkles – Ultra Plus XC
Sometimes, facial folds or wrinkles can become extremely deep and difficult to treat with normal concentrations of hyaluronic acid. These deep folds can be especially concerning for many patients, as they are quite noticeable. For these deeper issues, there is Ultra Plus XC.
How Does Ultra Plus XC Work?
Ultra Plus XC is a thicker version of Ultra XC. It can be used for nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and even certain areas of the cheeks. Because Ultra Plus is a gel formula, it can be used to create more volume in areas that really need an extra-strong, volumizing boost. Ultra Plus XC lasts for roughly 12 months.
What Is Treatment Like?
Patients often wonder what the actual treatment is like. In point of fact, they are often surprised by just how quickly it goes by and how fast the recovery period is.
Quick, Easy Treatment
Juvederm is an incredibly quick treatment, and an injection session often lasts just 15 or 20 minutes. Sometimes, depending on the areas being treated, it can last longer, but this will rarely be over 40 minutes in total. It is a non-surgical treatment, which means that there is no incision made in the process. During the injection, you will have the benefit of the anesthetic lidocaine, which will help lessen any potentially uncomfortable effects of the treatment.
No Downtime Necessary
After the treatment, patients can resume almost all their normal activities. They will not need to spend time in bed recovering as they might need to do with a surgical treatment option. In addition, the lidocaine anesthetic is a local anesthetic, which means that patients will not feel the intense grogginess that can sometimes accompany heavier painkillers. When treatment ends, many patients go back to work or the rest of their day without any major interruption in their plans.
Few Restrictions on Activities
There are only a few restrictions that we will typically recommend. Before treatment, it is helpful to avoid aspirin and other similar painkillers, as they can cause changes in the blood flow that may interfere with treatment. After the injection session, it’s also a good idea to avoid heat or sunlight in large doses.
Tanning salons, sunbathing, saunas and hot showers should be avoided for the first day or two. Additionally, massages should be postponed for two weeks after the injection, as these can potentially disrupt the adjustment process following treatment. With the exception of these minor restrictions, there’s nothing that needs to be avoided.
What Results Can I Expect?
After an injection, you will see a noticeable difference right away as the hyaluronic acid begins to work in your system and combine with your dermal layers. The filler takes a few days to begin to set. During this time it is important not to judge your results as final. Typically you will get a good idea of your final results about two weeks after the injection was performed. At this point, the hyaluronic acid has been integrated into your skin, and the water-binding properties have been activated.
How Long Will It Last?
Depending on the type of filler used, you will usually see quality results for one to two years, with Voluma XC lasting the longest of all the varieties. Some patients report seeing results even beyond this point, but everyone experiences this a little differently. When your hyaluronic acid is reabsorbed by the skin, it may be helpful to get follow-up treatment. Annual maintenance treatments can help you keep your results at their peak quality.
Is This Treatment Safe?
Juvederm was approved by the FDA in 2006 and has been used millions of times since then. It was found to be a safe and reliable treatment in clinical studies, and over two million Americans get the injection annually. One of the reasons it is such a safe treatment is that it relies on a chemical that is already in your skin. This helps avoid complications like allergic reactions or rejection of the treatment.
It should be noted that the treatment is not recommended for any patient who is pregnant or currently breastfeeding. In the rare event that a patient has an allergic reaction to the lidocaine anesthetic, another filler may be recommended instead.
Get Started Today
You can take the next step when you call the Fountain of Youth Medical & Wellness Spa in Sanford, FL. Our staff will help set up a one-on-one aesthetic consultation where we’ll get to know your personal goals. We’ll also go over your medical history and ascertain that this is the best treatment for you. With Juvederm, you can get the full and youthful skin you’ve been waiting for. Contact Fountain of Youth Medical & Wellness Spa in Sanford, FL, today!