Juvederm is an FDA-approved treatment proven to reduce the fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin that comes with aging. This family of products is designed to enhance skin suppleness and hydration in areas of the face and forehead. Our qualified medical professionals at Zenith Health & Aesthetics in Memphis, TN take great pride in offering these products in addition to a comprehensive menu of restorative services.
What Is Juvederm Used For?
Injectable dermal fillers have become a popular alternative to cosmetic surgery, and they have evolved a long way from the collagen replacement treatments of the past. At one time, collagen replacement treatments were one of the only dermal filler options available, and they were relatively short-lived. Today, Juvederm is a top choice of dermatologists for its longevity, effectiveness, and safety.
These products use hyaluronic acid, a humectant that attracts and holds water in the skin. The formulas in each product target a different area of the face and have been proven to lift soft tissues and enhance facial contouring. They are specifically created to counter common problem areas around the eyes, cheeks, nose, lips, and chin. Our doctors are experts at developing treatment plans using these formulations in combination with each other.
The Juvederm Family
Voluma is the first FDA-approved product to be formulated with lidocaine, which makes the treatment more comfortable for patients. This product is a thicker formulation than its counterparts, so it stays put longer and doesn’t break down as quickly; it has been shown to last up to two years. It is used in the mid-face area, including the cheeks, nose, and nasolabial folds (the skin from the side of the nose to the mouth).
In contrast with Voluma, Volbella is the thinnest of the gels in this family. This product is primarily used to treat the lips since its softness allows it to move with the skin for more natural facial expressions. Since it has a high water affinity and is used on the fragile skin of the lips, it doesn’t do as much to plump and firm the skin. However, it has been shown to decrease lines and wrinkles of the mouth for up to a year.
Like Volbella, Ultra XC is also used for lip enhancement but the main effect of this product is to enhance suppleness. However, it has a higher water affinity so it does more to enhance the plumping and firming of the lips. It contains lidocaine to minimize any discomfort during treatment and studies have shown that effects may last up to a year.
Vollure is designed to plump areas near the mouth and chin. It has a medium consistency designed to help it spread through these highly mobile areas. It is durable enough to handle the frequent folding and stretching of the skin around the mouth and can last for up to 18 months.
This product is designed to smooth and plump high-mobility areas near the mouth and nose. It instantly augments moderate to severe facial lines and wrinkles for noticeable results right away. Research shows this product will remain in place for up to a year.
How Juvederm Is Different
This family of products features hyaluronic acid as its primary ingredient. Hyaluronic acid is a chain of sugars that occurs naturally in the skin. It can hold almost one thousand times its weight in water and is responsible for keeping skin hydrated. However, as we age, the production of this molecule begins to decrease, causing the skin to dry and become less elastic.
Since hyaluronic acid naturally occurs in the body, treatments using this ingredient tend to be generally well-tolerated. In fact, higher amounts of product can actually stimulate the body’s own collagen production. Studies have shown that long-term use of hyaluronic acid products can even make permanent beneficial changes to the skin.
Voluma, Volbella, and Vollure are formulated using a patented technology called Vycross. This technology links together hyaluronic acid molecules of varying weights, which results in a stronger, more stable hyaluronic acid molecule. This allows the products to last almost twice as long as other fillers, as its chemical structure resists breaking down in the body.
Since these products are injected directly into the skin, their effects are immediate. One treatment alone supports underlying tissues to lift dull, sagging skin. The gels are much more durable than other hyaluronic acid treatments due to their Vycross technology. In addition, these products not only plump and lift the skin, but they also hide flaws such as sunken areas, sun damage, acne scars, and exposed blood vessels.
Though these treatments are injectables, reactions are uncommon since the hyaluronic acid used is not animal-derived and is generally well-tolerated since it is already naturally present in the body. The needles are very fine, making for a smaller surface area and increased accuracy. Many people find that they are better candidates for dermal fillers rather than cosmetic surgery, so these products are a welcome non-invasive alternative.
Not only are these treatments non-intrusive and fast-acting, but they are also convenient. Sessions last under an hour and are considered outpatient appointments. There is minimal downtime, and most people can immediately return to their daily activities. In addition, since these products last longer than their rivals, there are fewer office visits required, which saves money and time.
The collagen replacement treatments and other dermal fillers of decades past typically lasted only 3-6 months. Juvederm’s hyaluronic acid treatments last up to two years in the body, and there is evidence that long-term use can create permanent changes that benefit the skin. This includes stimulating the body’s own production of collagen. These products are also biodegradable, reversible, and smooth to inject.
Hyaluronic acid treatments have a low-risk profile, and they continue to be ranked highly by dermatologists. Studies consistently show the benefits of these fillers, including long-term improvement of skin quality. Juvederm products are the longest-lasting, smoothest, and most cohesive hyaluronic acid fillers on the market.
The Treatment Process: What to Expect
Who Is the Ideal Candidate?
Many people turn to injectables if they are not a good candidate for cosmetic surgery. Dermal fillers have become a popular treatment option due to their convenience, safety, and effectiveness. If you are feeling dissatisfied with your skin, it no longer has to be a source of low self-esteem or deflated confidence. If you are over 21 you are likely a good candidate for treatment.
What Areas Can Be Treated?
Each of the products in this family of treatments is formulated for a variety of areas of the face and forehead. Common areas include the nasolabial folds, cheeks, eyes, nose, lips, and mouth. Our professionals will design an individualized treatment plan that will work cohesively with any other treatments you may be receiving.
Before Your Session
Prior to your treatment, there are a few precautions you should take. First, it is important to make your skin a priority. It should be in its very best condition for treatment. Minimizing any activities that could make the skin sensitive, such as tanning, frequent waxing, or bleaching can help give you the best results.
In addition, medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) are blood thinners and can increase your chances of bruising. It could be beneficial to stop taking drugs such as aspirin, Advil, or Motrin before your treatments begin.
Sessions are short and convenient, and most patients report a comfortable experience. Our compassionate staff put your ease and relaxation at the top of our priority list. We encourage you to ask any questions or express any concerns you may have. Most sessions last under an hour and require very little preparation.
At your appointment, one of our seasoned dermatologists will inject the gel into your skin and gently massage the area lightly to make sure the product is spread smoothly and symmetrically. It is normal to experience some tenderness and redness for a day or two after treatment. Avoiding heat and exercise for a short time can help, as well as applying an ice pack to the area to reduce any redness or swelling.
After Your Session
Once your appointment is over, the same rules of thumb apply as in the pre-treatment stage. Wear sunscreen, limit the use of NSAID medications, and avoid activities that could be irritating to the skin. Avoiding alcohol for the first couple of days after receiving treatment can also discourage bruising.
Most people experience very little downtime, returning to their daily activities immediately after treatment. However, if you experience any symptoms for longer than seven days, please notify our office to request a follow-up appointment.
How to Get the Most From Your Treatment
Live Your Best Life
As with many things, your lifestyle can also play a big part in the longevity of your results. Habits such as using tanning beds and smoking can slow healing time and speed the aging process. In addition, high stress levels affect the body’s energy reserves needed to respond to therapeutics. Making positive changes to minimize stress and introducing holistic approaches to your skincare regimen will enhance the duration of treatment results.
Avoiding ultraviolet (UV) light whenever possible will help extend your treatment results. Protecting yourself from harsh outdoor elements and radiation damage from the sun can lengthen the longevity of your treatment. Of course, wearing sunscreen is always a good idea and can help extend the benefits of your results.
Get Regular Maintenance
It stands to reason that regular touch-ups will increase the longevity of your results and help you remain satisfied with the effects over time. The more product your skin receives, the more your tissues become conditioned to respond effectively to the treatments. In addition, the more treatments you receive, the longer your results will last.
Choose Experienced Professionals
It goes without saying that your results are only as good as the medical professionals administering treatment. It is important to choose qualified and experienced professionals who give the highest quality of treatment. Our seasoned professionals have substantial training in the Juvederm family of products.
Taking the time to develop a consistent skincare routine will ensure that your skin is primed to receive the benefits of injectable dermal fillers. Staying hydrated and giving your skin the nutrients it needs will ensure the most success in your treatment plan. Our experts can make other recommendations, including products or companion treatment, to achieve maximum results.
Get Started Today
Juvederm products are non-invasive, safe, and effective hyaluronic acid treatments that will restore elasticity and suppleness to your skin. Don’t let sagging skin or wrinkles threaten your confidence or self-esteem any longer. If you are ready to make the most of your skin, call our experienced professionals at Zenith Health & Aesthetics in Memphis, TN to schedule a consultation today.