Not everyone grows old gracefully. If you see thinning lips, lines, and wrinkles in your reflection, and you’re tired of them, now may be the appropriate time to think about dermal filler treatments. At Mountain State Cosmetic Surgery in Beckley, WV, Dr. James Paine, Jr., MD personally performs all Juvederm treatments. Rest assured you will get the best possible care and results during your treatment. Here’s what you need to know about your treatment options.
What You Need To Know About How Your Skin Ages
Collagen is a protein produced by your skin that plays a major role in its texture, volume, and elasticity. Unfortunately, the older you get, the less collagen your skin produces. The result of this inadequate collagen production can be seen in cheeks that slowly hollow, lips that slowly thin, and creases that slowly become wrinkles and fine lines.
The signs of aging can be accelerated by certain environmental factors, including tobacco consumption, pollution in the air, and prolonged, unprotected sun exposure. Some wrinkles, like crow’s feet, laugh lines, and frown lines are caused by excessive muscle use.
What Can Dermal Fillers Do To Solve My Problems?
Dermal fillers are a beautifying treatment administered just beneath your skin’s surface with an extremely thin needle. The role of these fillers is to increase the volume lost from subcutaneous fat loss and a reduced collagen production rate. Although there are several brands of fillers, the most popular, including Juvederm, improve your appearance with hyaluronic acid, also known as HA.
Hyaluronic acid is a chemical compound that occurs naturally in nearly every type of cell in your body; it is mostly concentrated in your skin, with nearly half of the HA in your body being found in skin cells. Since hyaluronic acid is natural, there is no risk of an allergic reaction and the results of treatment look natural. HA helps the skin heal and rejuvenate itself because it encourages the production of collagen.
Your Juvederm Options
With so many options regarding brands and types of dermal fillers, you may feel overwhelmed trying to find the appropriate filler for your cosmetic concerns. Regardless of your aesthetic goals, there is a good chance there’s a Juvederm formula to help you reach those goals. Each formula is designed to address specific aging concerns so unique problems can be corrected effectively.
Each filler restores volume to the treated area, resulting in fuller cheeks and lips and the elimination of creases, fine lines and moderate-to-severe wrinkles depending on where the filler was injected.
Juvederm XC was the first formula ever produced. The FDA first approved it for safety and efficacy in 2006; since then, it has been used to reverse the signs of aging suffered by several thousand healthy adults. If you’re worried about creases, lines, wrinkles or folds on your face, this may be the appropriate treatment option for you.
This proprietary formula is administered into your targeted areas of concern directly and starts working immediately to smooth away even the most severe creases and folds. This treatment was designed to address volume loss around your mouth and cheeks and can treat mild-to-severe cosmetic concerns with ease.
Although the original formula was designed to add volume around your cheeks and mouth, if you are concerned about severe volume loss in your cheeks, Voluma is probably your best bet. This proprietary formula plumps your cheeks gently and restores a refreshed, rejuvenated, natural-looking appearance to your midface.
This formula has also been used to tighten sagging skin, smooth deep wrinkles around the midface and erase nasolabial folds successfully. To ensure your comfort throughout the treatment, each formula includes a small amount of lidocaine, an injectable numbing agent. Results are unique to the person receiving treatment but the results of Voluma injections usually last 24 months.
Your moderate-to-deep lines cannot stand up against Vollure. You can tell this powerful gel also includes lidocaine for your comfort because of the “XC” at the end of the formula name. This formula is perfect for adding a significant amount of volume to your deepest folds and wrinkles. This formula is most commonly used to treat severe nasolabial folds. The results of this treatment usually last around one-and-a-half years.
If your lips have grown thin as you age, Volbella XC is the perfect formula for you. This extremely versatile formula both volumizes your lips and eliminates lipstick lines that form above your lips. This makes it preferable to other options for volumizing your lips because alternatives do not erase lipstick lines.
As with all of the other formulas we provide, Volbella XC contains a small amount of lidocaine for your comfort throughout the treatment. Again, individual results vary but most people can enjoy the results of this treatment for a full year. Can you imagine smiling confidently for 12 whole months without worrying about your makeup hiding your wrinkles inadequately?
What You Can Expect During Your Treatment Session
Dr. Paine performs each dermal filler himself in his inviting, comfortable office to ensure you get the best possible care and results. How long you can expect your treatment session to take depends on how deep your wrinkles are and how many areas we are treating. We will let you know how long to schedule for your appointment after we evaluate your unique situation.
What’s really exciting about this dermal filler is there is no downtime following treatment. Also, you don’t have to worry about stringent post-treatment care requirements. For the most part, you are free to partake in your usual daily activities during the first 24 hours following your treatment. Nonetheless, there are a few things you should avoid following your treatment session. For example, avoid:
- Strenuous exercise for 24 hours
- Lifting heavy objects for 24 hours
- Unprotected sun exposure for 72 hours
How You Should Prepare for Treatment
Since this anti-aging treatment isn’t invasive, you don’t have to do too much to prepare for treatment. We strongly encourage you to stop drinking alcohol and consuming tobacco products for a couple of weeks before your treatment. This ensures your blood pressure isn’t too high during your session. You should also make sure you are hydrated adequately before you come in for treatment.
Hydration is of the utmost importance because hyaluronic acid injections increase local volume immediately by attracting water. If you’re dehydrated, the initial results of your treatment won’t be very effective. Furthermore, adequate hydration is essential for your skin’s ability to produce collagen efficiently. You should also eat a nutritious snack or small meal before you come in for your treatment so your skin has all of the nutrients it needs for collagen production.
Other Things You Should Consider Before Treatment
We strongly urge you to consider wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen in the weeks leading up to your scheduled treatment. We must postpone your session if you have any skin irritation at the treatment site, such as sunburn, eczema, acne, or oral herpes. The higher the sun protection provided by the sunscreen, the lower your risk of sunburn. You can also mitigate your risk of sunburn by minimizing your time outside between 10 AM and 4 PM.
This Treatment Is Perfectly Safe and Highly Effective
Juvederm has been used regularly around the world for over two decades. It truly is the perfect non-invasive solution to improve upon imperfections related to aging skin. As with alternative dermal fillers, this product is approved by the FDA for safety and efficacy and has proven beneficial to people with many types of cosmetic concerns.
This treatment method is considered appropriate for most adults who are at least 22 years of age. Nonetheless, you should wait to schedule a treatment session if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have an active infection like sinusitis. Speak with your general practitioner about appropriate alternative methods until you are healthy and no longer preganant or nursing.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About This Treatment
How Many Sessions Will I Need for Flawlessly Smooth Skin?
A couple of things determine how many sessions you will need to achieve flawlessly smooth skin. The primary factor determining how many sessions you will need is how extreme your volume loss is. If you have fine lines and moderate wrinkles, you may only need a single treatment session. However, if you have lost a lot of weight and are in your 50s or 60s, you may need a couple of sessions to achieve your ideal results.
The other factor affecting how many sessions you will need before you can enjoy your ideal results is how much time you have for treatment. Each targeted area can take up to 15 minutes to treat so if you are targeting four areas for treatment, you would need an hour to dedicate to your treatment session. For the sake of not taking too much time off from work, you may need to break your treatment up into two sessions.
Can I Combine This Treatment With Other Cosmetic Treatments?
Yes! It is perfectly safe to combine this treatment with other anti-aging treatments. In fact, it is common to combine this dermal filler with a neuromodulator, like Botox or Dysport. The great thing about this is you can receive this dermal filler treatment at the same time as a neuromodulator treatment so it is incredibly convenient.
Furthermore, when you combine a dermal filler with a neuromodulator, you can erase wrinkles that could not be erased with a dermal filler alone, like nasolabial folds. Furthermore, combining Botox and Volbella results in incredibly volumized lips.
When Can I Expect To See the Results of My Treatment?
As stated previously, you will start to notice the results of treatment immediately. Your wrinkles and folds will be a little less noticeable immediately after treatment. However, it usually takes a couple of weeks for the medication to settle into the skin and your skin to produce the healthy collagen necessary for your skin to smooth, tighten and rejuvenate. In older clients or clients with extreme volume loss, it can take up to three weeks to see your final results.
Now Is the Time To Turn Back the Hands of Time
Contact our friendly, expert staff at Mountain State Cosmetic Surgery in Beckley, WV to schedule an appointment with Dr. Paine and learn how you can turn back the hands of time with Juvederm. We are more than happy to schedule an appointment for you so you can learn more about your treatment options, have all of your questions answered and discover the most appropriate formulas for your unique concerns.