As skin ages or becomes damaged from sun exposure and similar environmental conditions, deep wrinkles and lines may develop. Approved for use by the FDA in 2006, Juvederm is an injectable dermal filler designed to reduce facial wrinkles and similar imperfections. Largely made up of the same type of hyaluronic acid (HA) already found naturally in the body, the filler injection has proven to be have many effective uses because of the way it restores “fullness” to skin tissues. A Newport Beach Juvederm treatment can help you to enjoy youthful-looking, healthy skin.
How Juvederm Restores Skin Fullness
Juvederm is a non-surgical filler. It treats both dynamic and static wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are the ones caused by the facial contractions needed to make expression,s such as smiling and frowning. Static wrinkles develop due to the aging process as the production of hyaluronic acid, which includes the proteins collagen and elastin that also help with skin firmness, decreases and skin becomes more susceptible to developing lasting wrinkles.
Consisting of a modified form of HA, the filler is placed into the mid-to-deep layers of skin just below the surface. Juvederm injections work by adding fullness to the skin to tighten it enough to minimize wrinkles and lines. Juvederm also works by reconditioning skin and restoring lost HA to restore the skin’s natural elasticity and fill out wrinkles and hollow areas.
Juvederm is considered one of the most natural fillers available in terms of how it works within skin, and in comparison to some of the earlier dermal fillers that were widely used at one point. The HA in Juvederm also absorbs water to further “firm up” and thicken skin tissues, resulting in skin that’s more flexible and firm in the treated area. Issues that may be corrected by Newport Beach Juvederm filler injections include:
- Prominent lines and creases
- Thin lips because of age or genetics
- Weak jawline or chin
- Fine lines and wrinkles on the face
- Depleted facial volume
What to Expect Before, During, and After Treatment
No skin testing is required prior to treatment since the hyaluronic acid in Juvederm is not animal-based. The use of makeup and skin lotions on the area to be treated should be avoided prior to receiving a Juvederm injection. A local anesthetic like lidocaine may be included with the injection to ease discomfort. The shot is placed directly into the affected area in the layer of the skin that needs to be treated. The procedure usually takes about 20-30 minutes to complete.
Following the injection, you may experience slight skin irritation and swelling. Such discomfort usually goes away within 24-36 hours after treatment and any lingering redness often disappears as the filler works within the skin. You should be able to return to your normal routine after you receive your injection. It’s advisable to avoid sun and heat exposure, consumption of alcoholic beverages, and strenuous exercise for about 24 hours after Juvederm treatment.
Some improvements in your skin’s volume and texture should be seen immediately after the treatment. Results, which will usually continue to become increasingly noticeable as your body metabolizes the filler, may last anywhere from three months to almost a year.
When to Consider Juvederm Treatments
The body naturally loses HA and related proteins due to the aging process. If you are noticing deep wrinkles and lines around your eyes, nose, or mouth, you may be a candidate for Juvederm treatment. It’s approved for the treatment of mild-to-severe facial wrinkles (frown lines, smile lines, crow’s feet) and not meant for use on other parts of the body. It’s a treatment that may be beneficial if you:
- Have tried over-the-counter creams and haven’t seen any noticeable improvements in your skin
- Want to avoid cosmetic surgery as an option to correct skin issues
- Do not have a history of allergies or allergic reactions
It usually takes about 2-3 weeks to see the full results from a Newport Beach Juvederm treatment. Although results experienced with depend on factors such as the size of the area treated and the extent of the imperfections that were corrected. The overall condition of your skin will also determine how well you respond to the treatment. Results are temporary and periodic touch-ups will be necessary to maintain the desired results. Maintenance injections usually require less filler.