Fine lines and wrinkles are simply a part of getting older, but most people are still not thrilled to see evidence of the natural aging process each time they look in the mirror. Luckily, the experts at Bentley Skincare & Wellness in Springfield, MO know that dermal filler treatments like the Juvederm collection can correct many age-related skin concerns.
So, what is a dermal filler? To put it simply, a dermal filler is an injectable treatment that adds superficial volume to the skin to smooth the appearance of lines, wrinkles, hollow areas, and even shallow scars. Dermal fillers are a non-surgical treatment that can be completed in as little as 30 minutes and can have results that last for up to 12 months or more.
What Kind of Juvederm Is Right for You?
Your desired to have a youthful, smooth-skinned appearance isn’t a far-fetched dream. With the right cosmetic treatment, you can easily smooth away the visible signs of aging and restore your appearance. The Juvederm collection of fillers is one of the most popular and versatile fillers in the world. Each of the fillers in this collection is formulated to treat specific areas of the face by filling in any creases, restoring skin volume, and contouring the face to achieve your specific aesthetic goals.
Picking the Right Filler
Ultimately, picking the right dermal filler from this collection will depend on your appearance goals. Because this collection has several formulas, you are likely to find a formula that will work for your individual goals. In general, the dermal fillers in this collection are created to solve a specific issue.
For example, if you want to contour your lips and face, then a filler with a contouring purpose may be more appropriate than a filler that is only meant to volumize hollow areas of the face. We will help you find the right filler or combination of fillers to achieve your aesthetic goals during your consultation. The Juvederm collection includes fillers such as:
Volbella is a filler that is designed to restore volume in the lips to smooth the appearance of lipstick lines, smile lines, and other lip-related concerns, such as thinking lips. This formula is exceptionally popular in the collection to correct the appearance of age-related changes on the lips and around the mouth. The key to this filler is the silky, thin texture of the formula that allows the filler to settle naturally in the sub-dermal layers of the skin. The results of this filler can last for up to six to nine months.
Ultra is the multi-purpose heavy hitter in the collection. The thicker gel consistency of this filler can be used to add volume to the lips and fill in volume on areas of the face that have moderate to severe wrinkles, such as the nasolabial folds. Ultra is commonly used to correct asymmetry, contour the face, and reverse even the most severe signs of aging in the mid-face. The results of Ultra and Ultra Plus can last for up to a year at a time.
If you are experiencing significant volume loss in the cheeks and midface, then Voluma is likely the best fit for your needs. This filler can correct the appearance of hollowness in the face, such as hollow cheeks or prominent cheekbones. This treatment can restore volume with long-lasting results, sometimes for 18 to 24 months at a time, making it one of the longest-lasting fillers on the market.
The formation of fine lines and wrinkles on the midface can be challenging to treat. Fortunately, the Vollure filler in this collection can easily combat these signs of visible aging. This filler was designed to correct mild to moderate fine lines, wrinkles, and creases in the mid-face for up to 18 months.
Why Does Skin Age?
Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the skin and is known for its ability to support the structure of the skin. When we are younger, the amount of collagen in our skin is very high, which is why the skin is firm and supple. However, as we get older, the amount of collagen produced by the body drastically lowers. The first signs of decreased collagen production in the skin can usually be seen in the form of fine lines around the eyes, wrinkles around the mouth, less volume in the cheeks, and overall drier or thinner skin.
Even the lips can thin as a result of less collagen. The longer your skin goes without collagen production, the more severe these visible signs of aging will become. In fact, because collagen production begins to decrease around age 30 for most people, you will likely see the first visible signs of aging around this time. As the years pass and collagen is not replaced, the skin will grow laxer.
Sun damage is also a major contributor to visible skin aging. Skin experts believe that sun damage is responsible for up to 90% of visible skin aging, including the formation of deeper wrinkles and dark spots. This is because UV rays from the sun break down the collagen in the skin more quickly and also create free radicals in the skin that change the cellular activity of the skin.
Several other factors may be associated with faster aging. For example, smoking or using tobacco products are thought to cause premature wrinkles. A poor diet, stress, hair pollution, and even dehydration can also make your skin age more quickly.
How Do Dermal Filler Treatments Work?
Dermal fillers are an injectable treatment that is administered with a very thin needle. Several small injections of the filler formula will be made into the targeted treatment areas to increase skin volume and smooth away the appearance of age-related concerns.
Most dermal fillers, including the fillers in the Juvederm collection, use hyaluronic acid to increase facial volume. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar molecule that is produced by the body. This acid can retain several times its own weight in water and can attract water to the skin cells to increase skin volume. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers work with your body to restore your youthful appearance.
What Is Treatment Like?
The treatment process for a dermal filler is simple and will only take about 30 minutes to complete. First, your provider will cleanse your skin and apply an optional topical cream to your skin surface. Once your skin is prepped, several injections will be made to resolve your aging concerns. Most people will only need one syringe of any filler to correct the visible signs of aging.
Should You Prepare?
You will not need to follow many preparation guidelines before your treatment. Because this treatment is not a surgery, you will not need to arrange for time off work or for transportation after your treatment.
However, you should discontinue blood-thinning medications and supplements for at least one to two weeks before your appointment. Some patients also like to start using Arnica Montana supplements for two or three days before treatment to speed up the healing process. Please do not drink alcohol the night before your treatment.
What Should You Do After Your Treatment?
After your treatment, you will be able to go back to your normal daily schedule, except for strenuous exercise. To avoid disturbing the settling of the filler, you should avoid rubbing, scrubbing, or touching your treatment areas. You should also avoid hot water, saunas, steam, or direct sunlight for the same reason.
Is This Treatment Safe?
Yes, the entire Juvederm collection of dermal fillers are considered safe for cosmetic use. These fillers are each individually approved by the FDA for the correction of visible signs of aging and volume loss. Because hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body, most people tolerate these fillers without any risk of allergic reaction. We can provide you with more safety information during your consultation.
Is There Recovery Time?
No, there is no recovery time associated with this treatment. After your appointment, you can simply return to your day. This is a huge advantage over surgical procedures that may take several weeks to recover from. In fact, because there is no recovery time with this treatment, many patients schedule their appointments during their lunch break.
When Will You See Results?
The results of a dermal filler will be both instantaneous and gradual. Most people will see the initial results of their filler treatment before they leave the clinic. This is because the artificial volume in the filler will immediately add volume to the skin that is visibly obvious. You will leave your appointment looking much younger than when you arrived.
Additionally, the results of this treatment will improve over the next one to two weeks as the filler settles into the sub-dermal layers of the skin and kickstart the collagen production process. Your results will peak within one month of your treatment and will last for several months to a year, depending on where the filler product was used.
What Is the Best Treatment Frequency?
Ideally, your treatment frequency should be at least once a year to maintain your results. Most patients seek additional treatments when the results of their current treatment start to fade. Depending on the filler or fillers used, attending an annual touch-up appointment will keep your results consistent.
Who Are Good Candidates?
The Juvederm collection of fillers is a good choice for virtually all people. Regardless of skin tone, skin type, or gender, these dermal fillers can reduce the visible signs of aging and help you restore a youthful appearance. These fillers can be used to correct a variety of concerns, including:
- Lipstick lines
- Smoker’s lines
- Marionnette lines
- Chin wrinkles
- Smile lines
- Frown lines
- Nasolabial wrinkles
- Hollow cheeks
- Skin laxity
- Sagging jowls
Candidates for this treatment must be over the age of 21 and should have at least mild to moderate signs of aging. You should not be currently pregnant or breastfeeding if you want to use these fillers. Also, if you have a sunburn, cold sore, fever blister, or eczema breakout at the time of your appointment, you will need to reschedule.
Try the Collection Today
The Juvederm collection of dermal fillers is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world. From adding volume to the skin to contouring the appearance of the lips, the fillers in this collection can address a wide variety of appearance concerns. Please contact Bentley Skincare & Wellness in Springfield, MO to schedule your initial consultation today.