As we grow older, our skin begins to show the wear and tear of aging. This can include fine lines, wrinkles, and loose skin caused by the breakdown of the collagen framework designed to keep our skin firm and smooth. If you’re unsatisfied with the appearance of your skin, you could benefit from the transformative power of Juvederm dermal fillers. These top-quality products can restore a natural, youthful lift to various areas of your face, taking years off your age and helping you look and feel your best. At Dr. Usal Cosmetic Surgery Center in Paramus, NJ, we’re proud to offer this family of products.
What Is Juvederm?
Juvederm is an FDA-approved line of gel dermal fillers designed to fill and lift the skin and combat common signs of aging–all with zero downtime. With a filler for every aging concern, this product line is an excellent option for almost every patient and every stage of aging. Each filler has a base of hyaluronic acid, which naturally boosts hydration in the skin while creating noticeable volume and erasing lines and wrinkles.
It also includes a small amount of lidocaine to make each injection completely painless. A typical appointment takes just 5-45 minutes and can deliver long-lasting, attractive results instantly.
How Does It Work?
Dermal fillers are injected directly under the skin to provide an immediate lift. As the skin fills and tightens, lines and wrinkles are smoothed away, leaving you with a more youthful appearance. Once injected, the fillers create a soft, natural texture and are completely indistinguishable from the rest of your skin. This means that your results will be noticeable, but no one will be able to tell that you had the treatment performed unless you choose to tell them.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally hydrating sugar created by the human body. It helps cushion and plump the skin while retaining healthy moisture and giving your skin a healthy, vibrant glow. The hyaluronic acid used in Juvederm products is cross-linked, which prolongs its lifetime and maximizes its lift. Over time, the product will naturally dissolve into the body. Thanks to the natural hyaluronic acid base, these fillers are considered an effective treatment for most candidates.
What Concerns Can Be Treated?
Thanks to the wide variety of dermal fillers included in this product family, we can treat most common signs of aging with one simple appointment. Our experienced doctor will recommend the right combination of fillers to address your unique needs during your initial consultation. Here are some of the concerns we can help correct with dermal filler injections:
Fine lines can appear in the thin, delicate skin around the eyes, thicker skin around the mouth, and in the skin on the forehead. While these lines are thinner than wrinkles, they become more noticeable over time. A dermal filler injection helps erase fine lines by tightening the skin and creating a smoother, softer appearance.
Wrinkles and folds can begin developing during your mid-20s. As your skin continues to age, sun exposure can accelerate the development of wrinkles and other signs of aging. A Juvederm dermal filler can erase even severe wrinkles, correcting your skin’s texture and temporarily turning back the hands of time.
Loose and Sagging Skin
Skin laxity is a side effect of the collagen framework breakdown in the skin. While this is a normal part of the aging process, you don’t need to live with loose or sagging skin. A dermal filler can create fresh, noticeable volume to the skin to restore a younger appearance and correct skin laxity.
Lack of Volume
While you might not immediately notice your face losing volume, this common sign of aging affects the cheeks and midface by creating hollow areas that can make you look older. Juvederm is one of the only products available to offer a filler that is specifically designed to restore volume to the midface area and create fuller, rounder cheeks.
Thin or Undefined Lips
Smoker’s lines, fine lines, and loss of volume or definition can impact the way you feel about your lips. With a dermal filler specifically created to address signs of aging in and around the lips, you could see lines erased and volume restored with one easy treatment. A filler injection can help redefine your lips’ borders, accentuate your Cupid’s bow, and create fuller, plumper lips with a soft, natural texture.
How Long Will Results Last?
Your individual results will vary based on your specific concerns and the fillers used during treatment. In addition, factors like harmful sun exposure can shorten the lifespan of your dermal fillers while damaging your skin and accelerating the aging process. However, if you follow our doctor’s instructions carefully after treatment, you can expect to see results lasting between 6-18 months. During this time, you can pursue touch-up treatments as needed to enhance your results and maintain your ideal image.
Towards the end of this time period, most patients choose to continue with a personalized treatment plan, which typically includes 1-2 injection appointments per year to keep their skin smooth and wrinkle-free. With a committed treatment plan, you could see your signs of aging minimized for years to come.
How Is a Dermal Filler Different than Botox?
Botox is another popular anti-aging treatment designed to erase lines and wrinkles in the skin. However, dermal fillers and Botox address different types of wrinkles. Dermal fillers help lift and smooth the skin to correct static wrinkles, which develop over time as your skin begins to lose its firmness and volume. These wrinkles remain the same in spite of facial muscle movement and typically grow deeper over time.
In contrast, Botox is a neurotoxin designed to temporarily erase dynamic wrinkles, which may be invisible when your face is at rest. These wrinkles usually become noticeable when you make facial expressions and are treated by blocking nerve signals to certain facial muscles, usually in the forehead. Botox treatments usually last 3-4 months. We can easily combine dermal filler and Botox treatments to address static and dynamic wrinkles.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate?
In general, these fillers are considered safe and effective for most patients. If you are an adult man or woman who is concerned about facial lines, wrinkles, or skin laxity, you could be eligible for treatment. A good candidate for treatment is generally healthy, has realistic expectations about what to expect, and is free from any skin infections or irritations that could interact negatively with the injections. In addition, you should not have any allergies to the ingredients of this product. While many of our patients seek treatment when they are over 35, patients of all ages can benefit from this skin-smoothing product.
This treatment may not be ideal for patients with severe skin laxity, which cannot be effectively corrected with a dermal filler. In addition, you may not be an ideal candidate if you wish to correct dynamic wrinkles with this treatment. In this case, our doctor may recommend Botox or another service we provide to help you address your concerns. If you are unsure of whether this treatment is right for you, our doctor can examine your skin and evaluate your candidacy for treatment during your initial consultation.
What Should I Expect?
Are you interested in learning more about this treatment, but aren’t sure what to expect? Here is a brief overview of what our patients experience when they schedule dermal filler treatments at our office.
Your first appointment will be an initial consultation with our professional doctor. During this appointment, he will discuss your treatment goals, examine your areas of concern, and review your medical history. This process will help him determine the best treatment option for your unique situation.
If you are a good candidate for dermal fillers, our doctor will recommend a specific filler or combination of fillers to achieve your ideal image. He will also give you an idea of how long you can expect your results to last and recommend a personalized treatment plan that will help you maintain your results.
Our doctor will provide you with specific instructions during your initial consultation. These instructions will be based on your skin type, lifestyle, and treatment goals, and it is important that you follow them carefully to ensure optimal results. In general, you should avoid anything that could cause skin irritation, including new or untested skincare products or treatments and prolonged sun exposure. You should also plan to avoid anti-inflammatory medications or herbal supplements for approximately a week before treatment.
To begin your treatment, our doctor will cleanse and sanitize your skin and ensure that the skin in the target areas is healthy and free from any irritations. To keep you comfortable during the injections, our doctor will apply a topical numbing agent before proceeding with the injections. He will then use a small, fine needle to deliver the filler into the predetermined areas. The filler will volumize your skin instantly, allowing our doctor to see the results of treatment as he works.
Thanks to the numbing agent and lidocaine included with each injection, your treatment process should be completely painless. Your appointment could last 5-45 minutes, depending on the areas treated, and you will be able to see your results as soon as your doctor is finished. Overall, you should notice that your skin is smoother and brighter in the treated areas and that lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity are all significantly improved. You can return to your normal daily schedule and activities with zero downtime after your appointment.
For the first 2 weeks, you should plan to avoid touching or pressing on the treated areas to avoid disturbing the filler. Once the filler settles, you will be able to touch your face as normal for the duration of the filler lifetime. You should avoid irritating the injection sites by skipping any exfoliating treatments and limiting your time in the sun.
Your results will be visible right after your appointment, but it will take up to 2 weeks for the filler to completely settle. Once this happens, you can look forward to enjoying your new appearance for 6-18 months. Some patients choose to return to our office for touch-up treatments during this time, but many can experience the full lifetime of their fillers with no additional injections. Towards the end of the filler lifetime, you will notice your results begin to diminish as the filler begins to absorb safely into the body. At this point, you can return for your next treatment to maintain your ideal image.
Contact Us to Learn More!
If you’re ready to learn more about how Juvederm can help you achieve your cosmetic goals, contact our team of experts at Dr. Usal Cosmetic Surgery Center in Paramus, NJ to schedule an initial consultation today! We look forward to serving you!