The older we become, the more prone we are to notice certain signs of aging, including volume loss-related wrinkles, lines, and folds. As we age, we start to produce supportive proteins and fibers at a reduced rate, including collagen and elastin. Without a sufficient quantity of these supportive structures, the skin sags and loses volume. At Biotech Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Aventura, FL, we offer Juvederm to our clients with these cosmetic concerns.
What Is the Right Age for Juvederm?
As a good general rule, anyone who is 22 years of age or older may qualify for Juvederm injections. Therefore, there isn’t really a “right” age to receive treatment. At first, this injectable dermal filler was popular among people in their 40s and 50s who had moderate-to-severe concerns. It can still be used to correct moderate-to-severe concerns, but it is now much more common to see clients who are in their 20s or 30s.
Although younger people tend to only suffer from mild aging signs, like fine lines, this treatment may still be a good fit as it delays the natural aging process significantly. Also, this treatment may be a good fit for you if you’re looking for a non-invasive contouring method. Clients of all ages love its contouring abilities.
Ultra XC is by far the thickest, densest filler in Juvederm’s line of products. Therefore, it is ideal for people with moderate-to-severe skin laxity and very deep wrinkles. Typically, clients who seek this robust treatment are at least 40 years of age.
What’s great about this filler is it is one of the most versatile formulas in this line since it can effectively contour the upper face, midface, or lower face. For instance, this versatile filler can be used to improve the shape of the lips and erase lip lines.
Voluma Xc is another notably dense formula that is also usually reserved for severe cases. Again, people who seek this treatment are usually over 40 years of age, but younger clients may seek this formula for the treatment of hollow cheeks following extreme weight loss or undereye bags. What’s great about Voluma is it can contour the cheeks and undereye region, lift, sagging cheek skin, and make clients look younger and healthier.
Volbella is more commonly sought than Ultra or Voluma by younger clients. Typically, it is used to erase mild-to-moderate mouth lines in individuals who are in their 20s. However, older clients can still benefit from this treatment, using it to erase mouth lines and contour the shape of their lips. Specifically, it can be used to volumize the lips, correct asymmetry, and erase laugh lines, smoker lines, and lipstick lines.
Everything You Need to Know About the Treatment Process
Your Filler Options
There are many formulas in this family of fillers, and each is designed to be extremely effective in a different region of the face. For instance, if your concerns are related to your cheeks and undereye region, Voluma XC is appropriate for you. If you’re worried about mouth lines and the appearance of your lips, Volbella will be a better fit.
During your initial evaluation, we will evaluate your cosmetic concerns to determine the right formulas for your goals. It is not uncommon for clients to need two or three formulas to achieve their desired aesthetic.
Your Initial Evaluation
The most important step in your treatment process is your initial evaluation. The preparation is important, as are your injections, but the initial evaluation ensures you are healthy enough for this treatment to be safe for you. It also ensures your cosmetic concerns are caused by volume loss, which ensures it will be effective for you. Finally, it ensures the most appropriate formulas are selected so you can achieve your desired aesthetic.
If you’re looking to contour parts of your face, like your cheeks or lips, we recommend bringing in a reference picture of how you want your end results to look.
Preparing for your treatment session is another very important step in your treatment process. Adhering to all preparation guidelines ensures your treatment process will be safe and effective. One of the most important preparation steps you must take before your treatment is wearing sunscreen diligently for two weeks. This is to prevent skin irritation.
You should also not receive any cosmetic treatments that may cause skin irritation, like chemical peels or laser skin resurfacing, for two weeks before your treatment. For a minimum of seven days in advance of your treatment, you must stop taking blood-thinning pharmaceuticals and using products containing Retinol. In the 24 hours leading up to your treatment, you need to make sure you’re hydrated and keep your skin moisturized.
Your Treatment Process
During your treatment process, we will administer the formula or formulas of your choice into several strategic locations in your targeted treatment areas. These injections will be administered into the subdermal layer of your skin, so they will not be painful like intramuscular injections. Also, you can rest assured your treatment will be comfortable because each formula we offer includes a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area almost immediately.
Typically, sessions take between 20 and 30 minutes from start to finish. However, if you don’t want to feel the first few injections, we can apply a topical anesthetic to your skin before your treatment. Waiting for your skin to numb may add around 15 minutes to your treatment time.
There is very little you need to do to care for your skin after your treatment session. For instance, there is no downtime required, so you are free to go back to work on the same day as your treatment. Nevertheless, there are a few restrictions you should adhere to for the best results. For instance, you must continue avoiding the use of Retinol and blood-thinning pharmaceuticals for at least seven days following your session.
It is also very important to wear sunscreen diligently and avoid anything that can cause sweating, like vigorous exercise and steam. It is perfectly acceptable to participate in moderate physical activity, like a gentle bike ride or walk. Lastly, you should not forget to massage your face very gently for the first few days following your treatment to make sure the filler settles into the treatment area evenly.
You will see the initial results of your treatment immediately after your session. This is because the filler adds a bit of volume and starts attracting extra water molecules to the treatment area as soon as it is injected. However, it will take a couple of weeks to see the final results of your treatment. Your final results will look like your initial results, but they will be due more to the extra collagen your skin produced in response to the injected hyaluronic acid.
Depending on the formula used, your results will last between six and 24 months. For instance, the results of Voluma injections will last for roughly two years. On the other hand, Volbella results may only last for six to nine months. Similarly, Ultra results may last 12 to 18 months.
Your Maintenance Sessions
What’s great about this dermal filler is one treatment is effective enough to give you your desired results. However, you need to schedule regular maintenance sessions so you can maintain your results. Depending on the formula chosen, you may want to schedule touch-up sessions every year or two.
Who Qualifies for This Treatment?
Individuals who are at least 22 years of age usually qualify for this treatment. However, you should be aware that you will not qualify if you are breastfeeding, pregnant, or trying to become pregnant.
Additionally, you must not be allergic to lidocaine, you must not be allergic to the proteins in the filler, and you shouldn’t have a history of anaphylaxis. Moreover, good candidates for this treatment have fairly healthy skin and no history of keloid scarring. You will most likely qualify for this treatment if you are seeking to:
- Augment the lips
- Contour the cheeks
- Volumize the face
- Erase wrinkles and folds
Use Juvederm to Restore Your Youthful Countenance
It’s normal to start seeing volume loss-related lines and wrinkles as you age, but you don’t have to live with them. If you think you could benefit from an injectable dermal filler, please reach out to us today at Biotech Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center in Miami, Coral Gables, Sunny Isles, Bay Harbor Island, or Aventura, FL to schedule your initial consultation.