With age our skin becomes more vulnerable to wrinkles and sagging. Exposure to sun over a period of time and years of muscle movement such as chewing, smiling and constant use of the eyes take a toll on the skin and adds on to tissue break down. Soft tissue fillers are increasingly used for aesthetic purposes to revitalize the face and selected areas of the body.
What are facial fillers?
These are either collagen, hyaluronic acid (HA) or calcium hydroxyl apatite based products that invigorate facial skin by reducing or eliminating wrinkles, lifting up scar depressions, augmenting lips and reinstating soft tissue volume loss through facial injections. Juvederm is one such versatile filler which minimizes signs of aging.
What is Juvederm?
It is a HA-based injectable filler to restore facial contours and treats a number of aging and aesthetic concerns in a single formulation. HA is a natural sugar found in the body. As it is a moisture holding compound, it keeps the skin supple and hydrated. However HA gets depleted as one enters the mature adult years and this, results in wrinkles and loss of facial volume. Juvederm helps boost the skin surface thus adding temporary volume to the cheeks, lips and around the mouth. It corrects moderate to severe facial wrinkles, in addition to a smoother skin surface.
What are the different types of Juvederm fillers available?
Juvederm Voluma XC: You need not put up with flattened cheeks anymore! Voluma is administered deep into the cheek area and adds volume beneath the skin’s surface thus giving the cheeks a lifted and youthful look. Voluma has clinically been proven to last upto 2 years!
Juvederm Ultra XC: A loss in lip volume gives an aged look which Ultra XC keeps at bay, by adding plumpness to thinning lips. It reduces vertical lip lines and helps improve the lip boundary, thus restoring an appealing pout.
Juvederm Volbella is FDA approved and designed particularly for the lips and surrounding areas. It fills in lip lines, thus providing a less painful and comfortable treatment. Results may last upto 12 months!
Juvederm Vollure XC plumps the skin and rectifies moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds.
Juvederm Ultra Plus XC: This is a more denser form of the injection used, depending on the location and severity of wrinkles, for achieving that remarkable look.
How long do Juvederm fillers last?
Fillers are an effective way to reverse aging but their effects may wear off with time as they are naturally degraded by the body. Generally speaking they last from anything between 6 to 18 months. Injections to the lips wear out a little faster than those to the nasolabial folds.
How safe is it?
Juvederm is considered to be safe as it is a smooth gel and prevents unwanted bumping or rippling. The risks are very few though injury to blood vessels, tissue death and granulomas cannot be ruled out in rare cases. This requires no allergy testing as the HA it contains is naturally present in human beings and is safe excepting for patients who have enlarged scars and women who are pregnant or lactating.
What are the side effects?
Some common side effects at the injected site include redness, swelling, itching, lumps and discoloration. These are mild in nature and short lived, say less than a week. As Juvederm is injected directly into the skin, there may be some discomfort or pain which can be lessened with a local anesthetic prior to the treatment.It is always safe to get the procedure done by a licensed and well trained medical professional.
How expensive is it?
This is relatively less expensive when compared to facial plastic surgery procedures, such as face lift, brow lift or eyelid surgery.
Tips to make your Juvederm filler last longer:
Avoiding over exposure to sun’s UV rays, using a broad spectrum sun screen lotion and proper skin care by moisturizing and hydrating the skin by drinking plenty of water, keeps the treated area plump and wrinkle free.The food you eat directly affects your appearance and health. Stay away from processed and packaged foods and limit sugar content in your diet.Keep less on stress as high stress releases more of cortisol hormone which accelerates aging process.
It is true that dermal fillers knock off years from a person’s face and reverse the age clock, but one must understand that correction with these fillers is not only temporary and may require repeated sittings over time, but also may not be pocket friendly too! At the end, who would say no to an option of sporting a younger look? Consult an aesthetic specialist now!