Are you noticing signs of aging in your skin, like wrinkles around the mouth, nose, and eyes? Are you noticing that your skin appears to be sagging a bit or that your cheeks seem hollow? If you’ve noticed these signs and want to get rid of them, there is a solution in Juvederm, a dermal filler that we offer here at Biotech Cosmetic Surgery & Medical Spa in Aventura, FL.
What Does Juvederm Do?
This is an injectable dermal filler that adds volume and corrects age-related volume loss, wrinkling, and more in the face. It was created by the same company that makes Botox, the world’s most famous injectable treatment, but it works through a different action.
Botox stops nerves from communicating with muscles, calming muscle movement so that wrinkles can smooth out on the surface of the skin. Juvederm adds skin volume so that it plumps up and looks younger and more vibrant. It does this by helping the skin to maintain its hydration better.
How Long Do Juvederm Results Last?
Many fillers only last about 6 to 9 months, but this one has great longevity. It typically provides quality results that will last for at least a year. Some people see results that last as long as two years.
However, there are a number of different products in this line, each one designed to treat a different area of the face and accomplish a different thing. The longevity of your results will depend on precisely which type of product you choose and where you have it injected. Other factors that affect your results and their longevity include your metabolism, age, and lifestyle.
Types of Juvederm Filler
At our clinic, we offer several of the products in this line:
Juvederm Ultra XC has been approved by the FDA since 2010, and it is designed specifically to treat facial wrinkles and increase the fullness of your lips. The primary ingredient is hyaluronic acid, and this formula also includes lidocaine, which makes the treatment very comfortable.
The hyaluronic acid in this formula is specifically made to plump up the skin by increasing volume naturally, and the thickness of this formula is specifically targeted at the lips.
This is the thickest formula in the line, and that’s because it is designed to treat volume loss in the cheeks. It is injected into various areas of the cheeks, and it can lift the cheek line, make the apples of the cheek appear better defined, or fill in hollow areas. Because the skin in the cheeks is thicker than in other places of the face, the thicker consistency of this product is the right choice for volume loss in this area.
This is another thicker formula, and it is an all-around favorite that can treat multiple areas of the face. It is dense and viscous, so it’s especially good for addressing deep facial folds.
What Is In Juvederm?
This filler has two main components. The first is the local anesthetic, lidocaine. This is used to make your treatment very comfortable. The primary ingredient, however, is hyaluronic acid. The hyaluronic acid is what makes Juvéderm such an effective product and so popular among those who seek treatment.
Hyaluronic acid is actually a protein that is naturally produced by the human body and present in many of our tissues, particularly our skin. Its function is to lubricate the joints, deliver nutrients to the skin, and to bond with water in order to maintain our skin and joint hydration.
This dermal filler contains the same protein, and injecting it into various areas of the face will have the same effect as if your body produced the hyaluronic acid on its own. The reason it is so effective, and the reason we need it, is that our bodies naturally produce less hyaluronic acid as we get older. This causes our skin to become thinner and dryer, which allows wrinkles to develop more easily. They can also cause volume loss in the lips and cheeks.
How Long Does Treatment Take?
The length of a treatment session will depend on which type of filler you are using and how many areas of the face you want to treat. In general, sessions tend to last between 30 and 60 minutes for most people.
Is This FDA-Approved?
The first formula in this line was approved in 2006. It has been updated with new versions since, and all of them have been rigorously tested by the FDA and approved.
How Long Does Recovery Take?
Recovery is very quick because there really is none. There is no real “recovery time” required for this treatment. Immediately afterward, you can go back to nearly all your normal daily activities. You’ll just want to avoid excess heat for a day or two, and avoid rubbing the treatment area hard.
Will I Need Multiple Treatments?
The only reason you might need more than one treatment is if you are treating multiple areas of the face and want to address them on different days. It only takes one injection to get results in any single area. You may want to get a maintenance injection a year or so later, once the initial results have started to wear off.
What Is the Treatment Like?
Your first step is to visit us for a consultation, and we will help you determine if this is the best treatment for you. It is a good treatment for most people who are interested in it. The treatment itself is very simple. We will first cleanse the skin in the treatment area to ensure there is no chance that bacteria can enter your body through the treatment sites.
Then, you will relax, and we can even apply a numbing cream if you are concerned about needles. The needles we use are so small and thin that most people don’t even feel them. We’ll inject your product strategically into the areas of your face that you want to see improved, and then you’re done.
How Do I Prepare?
There is almost nothing to be done to prepare. You will just need to avoid alcohol for 24 hours before treatment, and you want to avoid harsh skin treatments, tanning, or anything that could make your skin, especially sensitive in the treatment area. It’s also a good idea to avoid anything that sends the blood, like aspirin, prior to getting treatment. We will give you all the details you need at your consultation
How Soon Do Results Appear?
You will see results immediately, but your final results will take about two weeks to develop. The first results you see will be a pumping effect from the hyaluronic acid itself. Over the next few weeks, your body will produce more collagen, and the area will plump naturally. These will be your final results, which he will keep for an extended period.
Am I a Candidate for Treatment?
If you want to improve the look of your skin, you are probably a good candidate for this dermal filler treatment. The FDA has approved this filler for everyone over the age of 21, and its versatility means that it works for people of various ages and skin types. When you come to talk to us in consultation, we will ensure this is the right treatment for you.
There are only a few reasons you might need to avoid treatment. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should wait to get this dermal filler. There are no known side effects for unborn babies, but the product has not been tested on pregnant women or breastfeeding women, so it is best to wait out of the abundance of caution. If you are allergic to lidocaine, which some people are, talk to us about other fillers that may be a better fit for your situation.
How To Get Started
Call us or visit us online to set up a consultation. We will talk about your goals and take a look at your skin. We will make sure this is the best way for you to meet your goals. We will also review your medical history and any medications you’re taking to ensure this is perfectly safe for you.
A consultation is also a great chance for you to ask any questions you have about this dermal filler. We may also be able to recommend other treatments that will work alongside this one to help you achieve your goals.
Get In Touch Today
Are you ready to look younger and more vibrant? Juvederm may be the answer. Contact us at Biotech Cosmetic Surgery & Medical Spa in Aventura, FL today to get started.