Do you see lines and wrinkles beginning to develop on your face? Are you under the age of 40 but still noticing signs of aging developing in various areas of your face? Do you want a painless, instant solution to fine lines, wrinkles, and loose skin, regardless of your age? If so, you may be interested in learning more about Juvederm, a line of popular dermal fillers designed to provide attractive lift and volume to your skin. At Salas Plastic Surgery in Miami, FL, we are excited to offer this transformative treatment to meet all your skin-rejuvenating needs.
What Is Juvederm?
As a family of dermal filler products, Juvederm offers a wide variety of benefits for patients seeking treatment. Each filler is uniquely formulated to treat a different facial region, but they all have a base of hyaluronic acid, a sugar existing in the human body that helps provide hydration and a plumping, skin-firming effect. The hyaluronic acid is used to create a malleable gel with a small amount of lidocaine to ease discomfort during injections.
Once injected, this gel creates a natural, skin-like texture and provides a subtle lift to smooth away wrinkles and tighten loose skin instantly. Depending on the filler used and your own unique situation, these fillers last an average of six months to two years, though some patients see their results last even longer.
As the aging process continues, the filler harmlessly absorbs into the body. After this point, you can safely pursue follow-up treatments and continue treatments for as long as desired to maintain your ideal image. Our patients can effectively minimize signs of aging and keep their skin looking its best with a personalized treatment plan recommended by one of our doctors.
What Are the Benefits of Treatment?
This modern solution to signs of aging offers our patients a quick and easy way to completely transform their skin in one simple appointment. The natural base of the gel filler means that treatment is safe and effective for most patients. A typical appointment takes between 15-30 minutes, and there is zero downtime required after the treatment.
Results are long-lasting and can be combined with other anti-aging treatments to enhance your individual results. Finally, this treatment delivers subtle, natural results, which means that no one will be able to tell that you had treatment unless you choose to tell them.
Which Concerns Can Be Addressed?
Since each type of Juvederm is formulated to treat different issues, we are able to address most of your concerns through a strategic combination of these fillers. Here are some of the signs of aging that can be improved with treatment:
Fine lines are often the first sign of aging to develop and can appear in any region of the face. They often cluster at the corners of the eyes, across the forehead, and around the mouth, including lip lines above and below the mouth.
While not immediately noticeable, fine lines can deepen over time and are challenging to erase with other treatments. Juvederm products such as Ultra XC, Vollure, and Volbella can temporarily erase fine lines and restore a smoother appearance.
Wrinkles are what most patients think of when they hear the term “signs of aging.” These deeper lines in the skin can be static or dynamic, meaning that they can either remain the same or deepen and become more noticeable with facial movement.
This line of products is specifically designed to treat static wrinkles by volumizing the skin, while other anti-aging products like Botox target dynamic wrinkles by inhibiting the facial muscles to minimize wrinkles. Products like Ultra XC, Ultra Plus XC, and Vollure can treat static wrinkles and be easily combined with treatments for dynamic wrinkles.
Folds in the skin are often caused by loss of structure and collagen in the skin. These folds often develop around the nose and mouth and include nasolabial folds or smile lines. These folds affect thicker facial tissue and are therefore more difficult to treat with other dermal fillers. Juvederm Ultra Plus XC and Vollure are both excellent options for filling and smoothing skin folds.
Mild to moderate skin laxity is one of the most-treated concerns with these products. Ultra XC and Voluma can correct skin laxity by boosting the skin’s volume and creating a younger appearance instantly.
Loss of Volume
This concern often affects the cheeks and midface, where signs of aging can begin to appear as early as your late 20s and early 30s. Voluma is used to re-volumize these regions and create a healthier, youthful image. In addition, the lips can lose definition and volume as you age. Volbella was specifically created to volumize the lips, treat fine lines around the mouth, accentuate the Cupid’s Bow, and create a smooth, soft texture that perfectly matches the look and feel of your natural lip.
General Health and Appearance
Thanks to the hyaluronic acid in each of the Juvederm products, your skin’s general appearance can be improved with treatment. The hyaluronic acid helps hydrate and plump the skin, giving it a brighter appearance promoting its ongoing health for the duration of the filler’s lifetime.
How Do Results Compare to a Facelift?
This dermal filler is often used as an alternative to facelift surgery. However, it’s important to have realistic expectations about the results you could see from this treatment. The facelift is still considered the longest-lasting option to correct signs of aging. For some patients, it can last 10-15 years before the aging process causes results to deteriorate.
However, not all patients want to pursue a surgical solution to their concerns. This dermal filler offers a non-invasive way to correct mild to moderate skin laxity and mild to severe lines and wrinkles without the risks, downtime, or price tag associated with a facelift.
While a facelift can deliver long-lasting results, it is not the best choice for everyone. Some patients have mild signs of aging that they want to address with a simple treatment. Others are unable to pursue surgery for medical reasons and wish to see their skin rejuvenated. Finally, younger patients find that a dermal filler is usually the best treatment option to begin addressing mild signs of aging and keeping their skin smooth and supple.
What Is the Right Age to Begin Getting Treatments?
Deciding when to start using a dermal filler to address signs of aging depends on your unique goals and preferences. Most of our patients are over the age of 35 and started having treatments to minimize signs of aging that had already developed.
However, our younger patients are able to successfully minimize mild signs of aging and can prevent new signs of aging from developing with regular treatments. As long as you are over 21, you can use this line of products to get a head start on erasing signs of aging, creating attractive volume in the cheeks and lips, and improving the general appearance of your skin.
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
If you are a man or woman who is concerned about signs of aging and is over the age of 21, this treatment might be right for you! To be an ideal candidate you should be healthy and free from any medical or skin condition which could disqualify you from treatment.
In addition, you should have mild to moderate skin laxity and mild to severe wrinkles and lines. This treatment is not effective for severe skin laxity, but our doctors can recommend another option for this concern. If you have any questions, one of our doctors can help you evaluate your candidacy during your initial consultation.
What Should I Expect?
Here is a general outline of what you can look forward to from treatment:
Your initial consultation will allow one of our doctors to meet you and learn more about your desired goals. During this appointment, your doctor will examine your skin, review your medical history, and ask you about any previous anti-aging treatments or procedures you’ve had performed.
They will give you their professional opinion on the results you can expect to see from using dermal fillers. Once you are approved for treatment, your doctor will recommend a personalized treatment plan and give you specific instructions on how to prepare for your first appointment.
On the day of your appointment, we recommend that you avoid wearing makeup on skin that will be treated. Your doctor will clean your skin and, depending on your preferences, can apply a topical numbing agent to complement the lidocaine in the dermal filler itself. They will then use a small needle to inject the filler into the target areas. Most patients report that this process is painless.
The injections themselves can take 15-45 minutes, depending on how many regions you have treated. If you combine this treatment with other anti-aging options, your appointment may be longer.
Once your doctor is finished, you will be able to see the results of your treatment. You should notice a new lift and volume to your skin. In addition, lines, wrinkles, and folds should be noticeably diminished and loose skin should be tighter and firmer. You can return to your normal day-to-day schedule and activities with zero downtime after your treatment.
There is minimal recovery time associated with this treatment. You should wait 24 hours to exercise or apply makeup. You should also protect your skin from sun exposure during the first 2-3 days of healing. Most patients report that their recovery time lasts less than four days in total.
Your final results are visible as soon as your treatment is finished, but you may notice your skin’s appearance improving over time as the hyaluronic acid plumps and hydrates under the surface. Once your skin is completely healed, you can enjoy your fresh new skin. To prolong your results, you should apply sunscreen daily and avoid direct sun exposure as much as possible.
You also have the option of enhancing your results with touch-up treatments, which can be performed as soon as you begin to notice the aging process begin to impact your results.
Depending on the specific product used and your skin concerns, your final results should last at least six months and can last up to two years in total. If you choose to follow your doctor’s recommended treatment plan, you can return for follow-up injections once your skin begins to show signs of aging again.
Contact Us to Learn More!
If you’re ready to learn more about the Juvederm family of products, contact our team of professionals at Salas Plastic Surgery in Miami, FL, to schedule an initial consultation today! We look forward to helping you achieve your skincare goals soon!