With aging comes inevitable and noticeable changes to the face: cheeks hollowing out, lips getting thinner, wrinkles and fine lines appearing. But just because it’s natural doesn’t mean you have to settle for changes that might make you feel self-conscious and older than you are. With Juvederm, a few injections are all it takes to revitalize your face, filling out wrinkles and follow areas and giving you a brand new youthful glow. To learn more about this incredible treatment offered here at The Laser Centre of Marin in Corte Madera, CA, read on.
What Type of Juvederm Is Right for You?
Juvederm is a series of injections of product made to areas of the face to which you want to restore volume and suppleness. There are actually several different formulas used in this treatment, all of them offering different results. To get a better understanding of them, and as such, which one may best remedy your cosmetic concerns, we’ve broken them down for you.
Providing a subtle but lasting boost of volume to the middle of the face, Voluma was the first injectable gel that was FDA-approved to be used on the cheek area. If you’re looking for rounder cheeks that lift and contour your face, this formula may be right for you.
It utilizes Vycross technology, which is equipped to withstand the body’s natural processes of breaking down foreign substances over time. For that reason, it can offer patients an unbelievable two years of lasting results. on top of that, it molds easily with the face’s shape and smooths out the area.
The most recent filler to snag FDA approval, this impressive filler treats severe folds and wrinkles. It’s especially useful on moderate to severe nasolabial folds, which are the lines that run from your nostrils to the corners of your mouth.
This formula’s lighter consistency means it slips into the treatment area seamlessly and is designed to smooth out areas rather than plump them up with volume. The result is that lines are softened, rather than lifted, and indentations are filled out evenly. Amazingly, Vollure can last for up to two years.
It surprises many to learn that with aging comes a thinning of the lips. But, like other areas of the face, the lips lose volume over time and appear much more narrow.
Volbella is formulated with smaller particles, which makes for an incredible, subtle effect when injected into the lips. Patients love that the results aren’t too puffy or shapelessly big. The formula can also be used to eliminate lines around the mouth, making for a smoother, more structured pout. Optimal results can last for up to a year.
Looking for more volume? This thicker, more cohesive formula builds structure and affords your pillowy plumpness with every injection. It’s perfect for deep facial wrinkles such as those around your nose and the corners of your mouth, lifting and filling them out so your face looks noticeably refreshed. It’s a great choice for someone who wants a more striking change.
During an initial consultation, we can talk about your cosmetic concerns and decide which type of Juvederm will best combat them. So whether you want subtle or robust, lips or cheeks, volume or smoothing, our team at The Laser Centre of Marin will make sure you get the perfect formula.
How Exactly Does This Treatment Work?
So you’ve got a handle on the different types of formulas. But what do they all have in common? The star ingredient is hyaluronic acid, or HA. This compound, which brings moisture and other important nutrients to the skin, actually occurs naturally in the body, but our production of it declines as we age. Without it, the skin becomes more coarse, less elastic, and wrinkled. Production of HA can also slow thanks to factors like sun damage, excessive alcohol and tobacco consumption, and an unhealthy diet.
But Juvederm replenishes the body with a synthetic version of HA, which immediately gets to work bringing moisture, collagen, and elastin to the skin. The skin becomes plumper almost instantly and then continues to settle into its new shape over the weeks following treatment as your tissues absorb the HA. Regardless of the formula you use, the results appear gradually and always look incredibly natural.
Because HA is naturally occurring in the body, patients very rarely have a negative reaction to it such as an allergy. This makes patients feel comforted, knowing it’s a safe and effective option that their body’s unlikely to reject.
What Should You Expect From This Treatment?
Ahead of your treatment, we’ll ask you to come in for a consultation where we can make sure you’re a suitable candidate for Juvederm. This involves going over your medical records and checking if you’re on any medication that could interfere with treatment. You can also tell us about your cosmetic concerns and what look you’re hoping to gain from your treatment so we can make sure Juvederm will be the best way to achieve this.
On the day, we’ll first apply a topical numbing agent to your face, then perform a series of simple injections into the treatment areas using a very fine needle. Our patients report experiencing very little discomfort throughout. The product we use is designed to absorb moisture and bring it to the skin, so you’ll immediately feel the hydrating, nourishing effects of this treatment. The appointment generally won’t take longer than 45 minutes, and then you’re all done!
What Are the Benefits of This Treatment?
With no recovery period, minimal discomfort experienced throughout the very short treatment sessions, and lasting results, the reasons to love this treatment are exhaustive. It’s why this treatment is the second-most popular facial rejuvenation treatment on the market, right after the famous Botox.
Enjoy Zero Downtime
The problem with so many cosmetic procedures is that there’s a recovery period needed afterward so that your body can heal, bruises can fade, and swelling can go down. Patients usually are required to take time off work, which can be a hit to the bank account after an already expensive treatment.
But not in this case. Right after treatment, patients can carry on with their days immediately, returning to work or running errands. Because there’s no anesthetic used, you can even drive yourself to and from the appointment!
Produce New HA and Collagen
HA attracts and binds to water it finds in your body, and impressively, can absorb up to 1000 times its weight. When it brings it back to the skin’s surface, you can achieve that gorgeous, from-the-inside-out glow that so many skincare products can’t deliver.
Well, not only does this treatment give you a boost of synthetic HA, but it encourages your body to produce new HA and collagen all on its own. Your body gets to play a more active role in its rejuvenation process, and the body stays healthier!
Results Develop Quickly and Naturally
Patients love the immediacy of this treatment, as the results start to develop straight away as the skin hydrates. Impressively, it only takes about two weeks for optimal results to develop! These results are gradual enough to be subtle, but effective enough to treat the concerns you wanted to be addressed. It’s perfect for your privacy – no one has to know you underwent this treatment unless you want to tell them.
What Should I Do Before and After Treatment?
There are very few things we ask of patients ahead of their treatment. The main thing will be to stop taking medications that can lead to bruising such as aspirin and blood thinners like fish oil tablets and vitamin E. We’ll also ask that you come in with a clean face free from makeup on the day of your appointment.
After your treatment, we’ll recommend you stay away from things like vigorous exercise, intense heat, and direct sun exposure for a few days. This will give your skin the best chance to heal quickly, not damaging any of your capillaries that are working to repair themselves. We’ll also ask that you don’t touch or scratch your face right after, as the serum must be able to properly settle after being injected.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you’re done with seeing the effects of aging and want to feel more comfortable and at home in your skin, you may be interested in Juvederm. With so many specifically designed, carefully curated formulas available, you’ll be sure to find an option that leaves you feeling more gorgeous in no time. To find out more, call us at The Laser Centre of Marin in Corte Madera, CA today.