If you’re unsatisfied with the appearance of your skin, you may have considered dermal fillers as a convenient, fast-acting treatment option to correct signs of aging. But which dermal filler could be the right choice for you? We invite you to learn more about Juvederm, a unique, long-lasting line of dermal fillers that can instantly smooth away wrinkles, tighten and lift the skin, and restore a vibrant, youthful appearance. At Anazao MD in Steamboat Springs, CO, we are proud to offer this treatment option alongside our other anti-aging services.
What Are Juvederm Fillers?
Juvederm dermal fillers are created using hyaluronic acid-based gel and small amounts of lidocaine to numb the skin during injections. Hyaluronic acid helps volumize and hydrate the skin, creating a natural-looking and feeling lift in treated areas. These fillers use cross-linked hyaluronic acid, which contains super-stabilized molecules that last longer and create a maximized plumping effect.
Results are visible as soon as the filler is injected, and the treated areas will remain smooth and soft until the filler begins to break down and is safely absorbed by the body. An average appointment can take just 15 minutes, depending on the areas treated, and requires zero downtime once the injections are completed. The natural origins of this filler make it safe for almost every patient as well as every skin tone, type, and sensitivity.
Most patients experience attractive, long-lasting results and can choose to follow personalized treatment plans designed by our talented professionals that will help them enhance and maintain their final results indefinitely.
What Can Each Filler Achieve?
One of the benefits of Juvederm’s family of products is that every filler is designed to treat a common skin concern. This means that your treatment will be completely unique as our medical professionals work with you to recommend the best filler or combination of fillers to achieve your ideal image. Here is a list of the fillers we offer and details about the results you could see from treatment:
This versatile dermal filler can be used in most areas of the face to correct mild to moderate signs of aging. It is most often used to fill parentheses lines around your mouth and smile lines in the lower half of your face.
Ultra XC was designed for use in and around the lips. This filler can address smoker’s lines, fine lines around the mouth, and mild to moderate wrinkles and folds in the skin around the lips. It can also be injected directly into both the upper and lower lips to provide plumping and re-definition.
This dermal filler is most often used in the general mouth area. It can fill smoker’s lines above and below the lips and create a stronger, more defined border around the lips. In addition, this filler can volumize your lips to achieve a more youthful appearance.
This unique filler is designed to restore and rejuvenate the midface and cheeks. These areas of the face are often the first to lose volume during the aging process. This filler helps lift the midface region while rounding and plumping the cheeks to create a subtle, mini-facelift effect.
Vollure is a filler created to lift and fill even the most severe facial lines and wrinkles. It is able to accomplish this thanks to its thicker gel formula, which can last for a significant period of time while maintaining its volumizing effect. This filler is typically used to treat signs of aging such as nasolabial folds, which occur in thicker skin and may be challenging to address with other filler options.
How Long Will Results Last?
Your individual results will depend on your skin type, areas of concern, and the fillers used during your treatment. In addition, your final results may be impacted by how carefully you follow the instructions for aftercare given to you.
However, most patients can expect to experience results lasting between six months and two years, depending on the filler used. Your results will eventually begin to deteriorate as the filler naturally dissolves, after which time you will have the option to maintain your results with ongoing injections.
How Is This Treatment Different from Other Fillers?
While there are many fillers available, Juvederm can offer several advantages for some patients. In general, this product can smooth mild to severe lines and wrinkles with ease. It is also able to provide incredibly long-lasting results, with Vollure delivering results that can lift your skin for up to two years.
Volbella may also last longer on average than Restylane, which is another hyaluronic acid filler offered at our office and often used on the lips. With a smooth, malleable hyaluronic acid base and many different filler variations, this product is able to offer an anti-aging solution for almost every patient.
This line of products may not last as long as Radiesse, a different top-quality dermal filler offered at our office. This filler is used to correct severe signs of aging and can boost natural collagen production with microscopic beads suspended within a thick gel. In some cases, we may recommend a combination of fillers to best address your concerns. We can further explain the differences between each of our available fillers during your initial consultation.
How Is This Treatment Different from Botox?
Botox injections have been erasing signs of aging for many years, but do you know what the difference is between a dermal filler and Botox? In general, Botox and other neurotoxin injectables target dynamic wrinkles, which are the lines and wrinkles that become more noticeable when you make expressions. The product is injected into strategic facial muscles to temporarily limit movement and maintain smooth skin.
As a result, this treatment cannot adequately address skin laxity or static wrinkles, which are the wrinkles you see in your skin when your face is at rest. Static wrinkles do not typically change with facial movement and can be effectively treated with volumizing dermal fillers.
A filler helps lift and tighten the skin to erase these lines and wrinkles and can also fill areas of mild to moderate skin laxity. However, fillers cannot prevent dynamic wrinkles from appearing during facial muscle movement. In some cases, we recommend a combination of these two effective treatments to achieve your ideal results.
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
If you are an adult man or woman who wishes to see signs of aging addressed with a simple, non-invasive treatment, Juvederm could be the option you’ve been waiting for. This filler is considered safe and effective for most patients. A good candidate should be generally healthy and have realistic expectations about the results that are possible with dermal filler treatments.
In addition, they should not have any active skin irritations or infections in the target area before their first treatment. Most patients are over the age of 40, but anyone over 21 can pursue this treatment and experience attractive results.
Those who wish to improve severe skin laxity or dynamic wrinkles may not be an ideal candidate for these dermal fillers. If this is the case in your situation, we will work with you to recommend the best treatment option available. We will further evaluate your candidacy and answer any questions you may have during your initial consultation.
What Should I Expect?
During your initial consultation, we will help you determine your candidacy by examining your skin and discussing your desired results. This appointment allows us to see your concerns in person and review your medical history.
Once we approve you for treatment, they may recommend a personalized treatment plan designed to deliver your ideal results. They will also give you a general idea of the improvements you can expect to see in your skin after your first injections.
To prepare for this treatment, we recommend keeping your skin clean, soothed, and free from any irritation, especially in the one to two weeks before injections. This includes avoiding harmful sun exposure and sunburn. In addition, you should plan to wait to try any new skincare products that may irritate your skin.
We recommend that you stop taking blood-thinning medications one week before treatment and stop drinking alcohol 48 hours before treatment. This reduces your risks of bleeding or bruising and can speed your recovery time.
You should plan to avoid makeup products on the day of your appointment. You may wash your skin as normal at home, but we recommend that you use a gentle cleanser and avoid any harsh exfoliants. Once you arrive at our office, we will clean the target areas. They will then apply a topical numbing cream which, when combined with the lidocaine included in the dermal filler itself, renders this treatment completely painless.
When your skin is numb, we will use a small, fine syringe to deliver the dermal filler into the target areas. As we make each injection, we will be able to see the immediate volumizing effects lifting and smoothing the skin. This helps us build your ideal image in real-time and delivers attractive, symmetrical results. Your injections can take between 15-45 minutes, depending on the areas treated.
Once your injection specialist is finished, you can see your new results. Your skin will appear firmer, fuller, and smoother, and any signs of aging that were treated should be noticeably diminished. Thanks to the non-invasive nature of this treatment, you can return to your normal activities as soon as your appointment is finished.
You should spend your recovery period keeping your skin clean and healthy. Wash the injection sites daily and avoid applying makeup for about a day after injection.
You should avoid touching or pressing on the treated areas for approximately two weeks. This allows the dermal filler to settle into the skin, after which point you can touch your skin as normal without accidentally distributing the product into other areas. You should continue to protect your skin with sunscreen when you go outside. This habit can both prevent irritation in your skin and prolong your final results.
Since your final results are noticeable after your first treatment, you don’t need to waste any time before you begin to enjoy your new, younger look. Your results should last between six months to two years in total, giving you newfound confidence in your appearance as you live your life free from signs of aging.
Your areas of concern will slowly reappear as the filler dissolves. Most of our patients schedule their next appointment at this time to maintain their ideal image with their personalized treatment plan.
Contact Us to Learn More!
If you’re ready to learn more about this line of dermal fillers, contact our team at Anazao MD in Steamboat Springs, CO to schedule your initial consultation today! We look forward to helping you achieve your anti-aging goals!