Are you starting to notice a change in the way you look? Have wrinkles, worry lines, or crow’s feet started to show up on your face? Has your skin lost a little of its volume, especially when it comes to your lips or in the thickness of your cheeks? If the telltale signs of aging have been making unwelcome appearances on your face, there is good news: the Mack Cosmetic Center in Tampa, FL now offers Juvederm XC with Voluma, a revolutionary dermal filler that can reverse the signs of aging and restore your youthful glow.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are injections into the skin that promote a youthful look and rejuvenated skin. They have become popular because they offer a simpler alternative to facelifts or chemical peels, which can involve lengthy recovery periods. A treatment session can often be completed in just an hour, with no recovery period afterward, and fast results appearing in just two weeks.
What Is Juvederm?
Juvederm is the name of a set of dermal fillers that are used to soften facial lines, eliminate wrinkles, and restore fullness to the cheeks or lips. Juvederm has been around since 2006, and since that time it has become one of the most frequently requested treatments, especially for patients who want a minimally invasive option. Juvederm’s primary feature is that it is a hyaluronic acid filler and achieves its results by using hyaluronic acid to increase water retention in your skin.
A More Natural Option for Your Skin
Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is naturally produced by the body, and the largest amounts are found in your eyes, your connective tissues, and especially in your skin. If you look at the composition of anybody’s skin, they will have at least some hyaluronic acid (also called HA) under the surface. Hyaluronic acid keeps the skin and tissues lubricated by binding to water to retain moisture. However, as we age, our body produces less and less of this necessary substance.
When our hyaluronic acid levels start to decline, our skin starts to lose its natural moisture. Cheeks begin to sag, lips begin to thin, and wrinkles and lines start to become more pronounced. When Juvederm re-introduces this vital chemical, it begins to reverse the reasons the skin looks like it is aging.
A More Effective Treatment Option
Juvederm is effective because it directly addresses the underlying causes of aging skin. Instead of introducing a substance that your body considers “unusual,” it seeks to replenish and restore something that used to be there in more volume. The result is a more natural look, and it has received widespread popularity because of its more organic-looking results.
A Longer-Lasting Filler
Juvederm also lasts considerably longer than many other fillers. There are several different types of Juvederm, and they can show excellent results for one to two years after the initial treatment session. Although maintenance sessions will eventually be necessary in most cases, the fact remains that Juvederm will require fewer follow-up treatments. Over the months and years, this can save patients considerable time and money.
An Effective Filler When Others Fail
Everyone has a unique body chemistry, and as a result, not all people react to treatments in the same way. Some patients have noticed that certain treatments, such as Botox, seem to lose their effectiveness after multiple injections. In many cases, the best tactic is to try a different filler, and Juvederm is often the preferred choice when another option stops giving ideal results.
Where Juvederm Can Help
Because all parts of your face need hyaluronic acid, Juvederm can be used to treat a number of common aesthetic issues:
- Hollow or sunken cheeks
- Facial wrinkles
- Thin lips
- Crow’s feet
- Heavy lines on the face, mouth, or forehead
- Marionette lines
- Laugh lines
- Smile lines
The creators of Juvederm were able to do this by creating multiple types of the filler, each specially adapted to a different treatment region. Among these types are Juvederm Ultra XC, Juvederm Ultra Plus XC, Juvederm Volbella XC, Juvederm Vollure XC, and Juvederm Voluma XC.
What Is Special About Juvederm Voluma?
Many people think that Juvederm Voluma XC is somehow a completely different substance from regular Juvederm. This is not entirely the case. It is more accurate to say that it is one of several types of Juvederm, along with Vollure, Ultra, Ultra Plus, and Volbella.
Like all the other types of Juvederm, Voluma relies on hyaluronic acid to treat a patient’s skin. But in this case, the formula is specifically designed to treat sunken or sagging cheeks and restore volume. Because the cheeks contain thicker skin than much of the rest of the face, it’s necessary to have a deep injection. Due to the deep injection site, Voluma lasts the longest of any Juvederm treatment, often showing quality results for two years after treatment.
When Should You Use Other Types of Juvederm?
In addition to treating the cheeks, you can also consider the types of Juvederm that are specialized for other specific treatment areas or issues.
Lips and Mouth – Juvederm Volbella XC
If you are finding that your lips are losing their youthful fullness, Volbella XC may be the best way to fix it. Volbella XC lasts for a year and gives your lips extra plumpness and volume. In addition, Volbella gets rid of lines that might appear on the surface of the lips or the skin around the mouth.
Lips and Mouth – Ultra XC
Ultra XC also works around the lips and mouth, like Volbella. The difference here is that Ultra is a thicker type of gel and will treat more severe lines or thinning lips. If your lips have suffered more significant volume loss, or if you have deeper lines near the mouth (like nasolabial folds) then you may want to take a step up and get Ultra XC instead of Volbella XC.
Facial Wrinkles – Vollure XC
Vollure XC is used primarily to treat lines and wrinkles along the face. These might include crow’s feet, worry lines around your brow or forehead, or lines on the surface of the face. Vollure XC is typically expected to last about 18 months, making it a longer-lasting alternative than many other anti-wrinkle fillers on the market.
Extra Strength Formula – Ultra Plus XC
As you might expect from the name, Ultra Plus XC is used for especially pronounced folds or lines. Laugh lines and severe wrinkles can sometimes become very deep over time, and in these cases, Ultra Plus XC delivers an extra boost to smooth them out.
Whatever your specific aesthetic needs, Juvederm almost certainly has a treatment that can provide you with quality results. When you meet with our medical staff, we will be able to recommend the ideal type based on your personal goals.
Is Juvederm Safe?
Juvederm was approved in 2006 by the FDA. The clinical studies showed that Juvederm was safe for use and produced no serious negative side effects that should keep it from being offered to the public. Millions of people have received the treatment since it was first introduced, with many returning for follow-up treatments on an annual basis.
What Is a Typical Juvederm Treatment Like?
In general, a Juvederm treatment schedule will require only one initial injection session. There will be a brief personal consultation. This is followed by a short period of preparation during which you may be asked to refrain from using certain medications or supplements. After the treatment session, results typically appear in two weeks. To maintain results, you may need to return for follow-up treatments after 1-2 years, depending on your type of Juvederm.
It all starts with a personal meeting where we get to know you and your aesthetic goals. We work closely with you to design a treatment plan, and to decide what Juvederm type to use. During this time we cover your medical history, medications, and any conditions you may have. In addition, we also answer any questions that you want us to answer and make sure that you are an ideal candidate for treatment.
Before treatment, there is usually a period of time where we ask patients to avoid certain substances or physical activities. We typically advise patients not to consume alcohol for 24 hours before treatment, as well as avoiding Aspirin or other painkillers that thin the blood. In addition, you may be given a list of supplements, ointments, or medications to avoid in the week before your session.
Patients are frequently surprised at how quick the treatment process is. One injection can often be completed in under an hour with patients leaving our office to resume work or their normal activities that same day.
After you arrive at our center, one of our medical staff will make sure you are in a comfortable position and relaxed. Then we inject small doses of Juvederm into the treatment area. All varieties of Juvederm contain lidocaine, which helps ease any discomfort that you might feel. Once the session is over, we do recommend applying ice that same day, but the “recovery” is very quick and simple.
Patients are encouraged to avoid excessive heat or sun exposure for 24 hours after treatment. In addition, we recommend avoiding alcohol and strenuous activity for the first day. Finally, we suggest that patients avoid massage for two weeks following treatment, to give the filler ample time to settle. More specific details will be given in person, but the list of requirements is very small and is designed for ease and comfort.
Who Isn’t an Ideal Candidate for This Treatment?
Because hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance, most people are candidates for Juvederm. However, it is not always advised for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. It may also pose a challenge for anyone who has frequent severe allergic reactions or anyone who has a negative reaction to the anesthetic lidocaine.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate?
Juvederm is perfect for anyone who wants to restore their youthful look but doesn’t want to resort to more serious treatments like deep chemical peels, facelifts, or surgical options that can require days or even weeks to recover. Juvederm delivers high-quality results in a fraction of the time.
Are you tired of seeing the lines and wrinkles on your face get deeper and more numerous with time? Are you ready to take advantage of a natural treatment that will change your look and give you your self-esteem back? With Juvederm, you can finally get that dream look that you have always wanted and take years off your face in the process. Call the Mack Cosmetic Center in Tampa, FL today. Our caring professionals are standing by to help you on your journey.