As you advance in age, it is normal to lose volume in your skin. Such a loss can lead to sagging skin, wrinkles, and other unsightly imperfections, which can have a negative impact on your self-confidence. If time and gravity have not been kind to you, you do not have to let your confidence suffer any longer. At Veda Medical in Live Oak, TX, we offer Juvederm treatments to help you reduce signs of aging and restore your youthful appearance.
What Is Juvederm Used For?
Juvederm is a dermal filler made from hyaluronic acid that is used to reduce signs of aging in your cheeks, lips, and around your nose and mouth. While many people have traditionally used Juvederm as a non-surgical alternative for lip injections, it can also be used to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles by restoring lost volume in your facial area. Here is a closer look at how it can improve different areas around your face:
Lower Facial Rejuvenation
Many patients find this treatment effective for lower face rejuvenation, as the area around your mouth and lips tend to start sagging as you age, which can lead to unwanted smile lines.
Since this treatment can add volume to the face, many people also use it as a non-surgical alternative to shaping and contouring their cheeks area, which can become very hollow and undefined as you get older.
If you are unsatisfied with the shape of your nose but do not want to undergo plastic surgery, you can also benefit from this treatment. Juvederm injections can alter your nasal appearance to meet your desired aesthetics. For example, you can use it to change a flat bridge, prominent tip, hump, or even the size of your nostrils.
How Does It Work?
This treatment adds volume to your facial tissue by stimulating your body’s natural hyaluronic acid production. This acid is a type of sugar found in your skin and cartilage. When combined with water, it creates a gel-like substance that swells up and makes a smoothing effect. Fillers that inject hyaluronic acid into your body are chemically modified so that it breaks down slower, leaving you with long-lasting results.
Understanding the Different Types of Juvederm Products
There are several types of products under this brand that use different concentrations and bonding of hyaluronic acid to target different skin types and issues. The one used in your treatment will depend on what you’re looking to achieve and for how long.
Voluma XC is the first and only dermal filler approved by the FDA to correct volume loss in your mid-facial region. This product is used to increase the size of your cheeks by adding volume beneath your skin’s surface for a natural-looking and smoother contour. If you are losing skin elasticity around your mouth and nose, this product can help you achieve results that last up to two years without the need for plastic surgery.
Vollure XC is also FDA-approved and improves moderate to severe wrinkles and folds for up to 18 months. Each treatment is tailored to your specific needs using a unique balance of gel properties that can add subtle volume to your facial region.
Ultra XC is also used to smooth out moderate to severe wrinkles and folds on your face. It has also been approved for lip augmentation. If you are suffering from thinning lips or lip lines, this product may be right for you. Results can last between six months to a year, and you can return for maintenance treatments to enjoy consistent results.
Volbella XC has been approved by the FDA and is used to increase lip fullness and correct perioral lines with results that can last up to one year.
Benefits of Juvederm
The Brand Is Well-Respected
Juvederm products have been successfully helping patients reduce signs of aging for over ten years. The entire product line has an excellent reputation for being safe and effective and is well-respected among patients, as well as our staff.
Effective on All Skin Types
No matter if your skin is dry, oily, normal, sensitive, or a combination of these, these treatments can work for you. It works well on damaged and rough skin and is effective in both men and women.
It Is Minimally Invasive
Unlike plastic surgery, which requires a general anesthetic and multiple incisions, this treatment can be administered using a series of small injections, replacing the need for a scalpel. Treatments are so simple that, most of the time, you can even have them performed on the same day as your initial consultation.
Minimal to No Downtime
When you undergo a surgical procedure, you can expect to be in recovery for at least a few weeks. Long recovery times usually mean that you need to rearrange your schedule and get someone to help you with your responsibilities, which can be a hassle. With a non-invasive alternative, you can resume your usual routine immediately after treatment and not have to worry about relying on anyone else.
It Is Non-Allergenic
This kind of filler is made with non-animal-based hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in your body. Other fillers use hyaluronic acid sourced from animals, which carries a slight risk of an allergic reaction if your body does not agree with animal products. The acid used in this treatment eliminates any potential complications or allergic reactions. Plus, you won’t have to worry about having an allergy scratch-test done before your injection.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Does Each Treatment Take?
Each treatment takes anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes, depending on the area(s) you are having treated. Fillers take some time to set, and you can expect to see noticeable changes within two weeks of receiving your injections.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
The number of treatments you will need depends on what you need to be corrected. Some patients only require one syringe to achieve their desired results, especially if their imperfections are mild. In other cases, you may require multiple needles, especially if you have deeper lines and folds or severe volume loss.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Since every patient is different, determining whether you are the right candidate will largely depend on a variety of factors. The ideal candidate for such a treatment is generally any person over the age of 40 and in good physical health. As a general rule of thumb, you should wait to receive treatment until you have begun to experience signs of aging. You should not be pregnant, breastfeeding, or allergic to lidocaine and bacterial proteins.
Ideal candidates are those who have wrinkles around their nose and mouth even when they’re not smiling. Likewise, if you have lost volume in your cheeks or have thin and unfeminine lips, you may be the right candidate. We will review your medical history and desired beauty goals during your consultation to make sure this is the right option for you.
Another factor to consider in deciding whether this treatment is right for you is determining your emotional health. It is important to remember that this treatment is not a magic wand that will turn back the hands of time and make you look like a teenager again. It is essential to have realistic expectations and understand that you are changing your appearance for yourself, not to impress anyone else.
How to Prepare
Preparing for this treatment is relatively simple, and by following instructions, you can increase your chances of achieving maximum results. Before coming in, it is advisable to avoid taking NSAIDs and aspirin for at least five days. It is also important to avoid taking supplements such as Vitamin E, fish oil, ginkgo Biloba, St. John’s Wart, ginseng, and garlic for at least seven to ten days. You should also not schedule any dental procedures two weeks before and after treatment.
It is also helpful to eat one cup of fresh pineapple for three days before your session, as this can help speed up your recovery process. If you prefer, you can substitute fresh pineapple for pineapple juice. You may also consider purchasing Arnica gel to supplement your healing process as well.
What to Expect During Treatment
During treatment, we will mark the areas that will be treated with a pen and then inject Juvederm using tiny needles that contain trace amounts of lidocaine, so you do not feel any pain. We will then lightly massage each targeted area to ensure that the filler is evenly distributed. When you’re done, you can leave the office and go out about your day.
What to Expect Post-Treatment
While you will be able to resume your usual activities right after your appointment, there are a few considerations to keep in mind to speed up the healing process and ensure optimal results. It is best to avoid excessive heat sources, such as the sun, hot showers, and saunas. You should also avoid any strenuous activity directly after your appointment. If you must be in the sun, it is vital to protect yourself with a high SPF sunscreen.
If you have received treatment on your lips, it is best to avoid drinking from a straw for 14 days after your session. Avoid massages and over-the-counter supplements for two weeks, and do not apply makeup during the first 12 to 24 hours. You may use an ice pack to any treated areas for 15 minutes on and off.
Arrange Your Consultation Today!
Juvederm is a great non-surgical alternative to plastic surgery and can have you looking and feeling younger again in weeks! If looking in the mirror makes you feel depressed and withdrawn, you don’t have to suffer anymore. Whether you’re looking to improve deep folds, wrinkles, and fine lines, improve the elasticity of sagging skin, or plump up your lips, this is an excellent and effective treatment that can leave you with incredible results.
If you’re ready to feel more confident than ever before, contact Veda Medical in Live Oak, TX, today to schedule your initial consultation. Our board-certified plastic surgeons and staff look forward to helping you design an individual treatment plan that leaves you feeling you again.