Have you been trying to find a way to get rid of your wrinkles, worry lines, or crow’s feet? These are common challenges that accompany the natural aging of our skin. But you can finally do something about them with Juvederm treatments, now available at Radiant Skin Dermatology and Laser in New York, NY.
Reasons for Using Juvederm
There are quite a number of dermal fillers that have recently entered the marketplace. Many people are interested in minimizing the telltale signs of their aging skin, but they don’t necessarily want to undergo surgery (such as a facelift.)
Dermal fillers are a minimally invasive alternative, and they work quickly. The recovery time is typically very short, and the interference with day-to-day activities is also minor.
Why Do People Choose Juvederm Specifically?
This is one of the most trusted fillers on the market and has been available for over ten years. It is widely available, which makes it appealing, as touch-up treatments can be relatively easy to find.
A Natural Look
It also has a number of specific advantages because it is a hyaluronic acid filler. This is a special type of dermal injection that is based on a naturally occurring substance that is already in your skin, creating volume and suppleness with an organic look.
As an Alternative to Botox
Additionally, one of the leading reasons people turn to Juvederm is that other injections have stopped working for them. Some people report feeling that their Botox injections have lost their effectiveness and that their bodies have developed a resistance to the treatment.
In these cases, Juvederm can be a faster alternative and help them to achieve their goals and deliver a satisfactory result.
What Specific Areas Is It Good for?
Juvederm is extremely flexible in its usage, and comes in several varieties, each targeting a different area.
Because of this, people can use it to address nearly every area of the face, and even adjust the amount and style to match their specific needs. Whether dealing with small wrinkles or large folds, your dermatologist can work with you to find the best solution.
These wrinkles on the outside corners of the eyes (or “crow’s feet”) are one of the most common signs of aging. They are also one of the issues many people would like to eliminate or at least soften.
Frown lines are common and also one of the earliest signs of aging, often showing up in a person’s twenties or thirties. They can look pronounced, especially if the rest of the skin looks generally young and is in good health, which makes them a common area for treatment.
Later on in the aging process, cheeks can begin to lose some of their volume. This typically comes a little later, but the manufacturer has developed a special type of filler (Voluma) to help restore the firmer, youthful contour of the cheeks.
This treatment is especially good at addressing issues surrounding the nasolabial folds. These folds can be particularly distressing to some people, and they are one of the more noticeable areas that we address.
Inside the Lips and Lip Lines
Lines around the lips (and the lips themselves) are another common concern for many patients. Some wish to restore volume to their lips, and others are particularly concerned about softening the lines around their mouths.
With Juvederm, you can address all these issues and more.
How It Works
Juvederm works by using a chemical that already exists in your body (and particularly in your skin). This main ingredient is called hyaluronic acid (HA), and it is part of what delivers nutrients through your skin and keeps it hydrated.
What Are the Properties of Hyaluronic Acid?
The main property of hyaluronic acid is that it binds to water. The hydration in your skin is part of what keeps it looking youthful and supple. But as aging occurs, the skin typically loses some of this hydration and suppleness and can become thinner and dryer. By adding new hyaluronic acid, Juvederm is able to leverage its water-binding abilities to help your skin retain more water, and thus more shape.
Small treatments of the hyaluronic acid are injected underneath the skin’s surface. The treatment begins to work very quickly, and changes are typically noticeable the same day. After about two weeks, the ideal shape begins to take place.
How Do I Know This Is Safe for Me?
Juvederm has been approved for use by the FDA, and since that approval, it has been used throughout the country on a regular basis with no serious issues arising.
Because this treatment relies on naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid, it can be used on just about everybody. It is simply adding more of what you already have in the areas that need it most.
What Types Should I Use?
Not everybody’s skin is the same, and as a result, there are a number of different types on the market. These types vary based on the concentration and the interaction of the hyaluronic acid in the vials.
At your consultation, our staff will help you figure out which specific kind is the best one for you. At our clinic, two of the types we offer are Ultra XC and Voluma.
Ultra XC can be administered to many different areas of the face and mouth. In particular, we have had a great deal of success using it as a way to enhance and add volume to the lips. The result is a fuller, plumper look to the lips, and it typically lasts for a year after treatment.
We have also seen amazing results from Voluma XC when it is applied to the cheeks. This particular type of Juvederm is typically administered deeper into the skin than other varieties and helps the cheeks regain their volume and their youthful shape. The benefit is a raised cheek line and sharper contours. Juvederm Voluma XC is known to last for up to two years.
The Ideal Candidate: Who Should Consider a Treatment Session?
As a precaution, we typically do not advise this particular treatment for women who are currently pregnant or lactating. That being said, most anyone else can use hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers without any issues.
Some other dermal fillers and chemical peels may require an allergy treatment prior to use, but Juvederm does not pose a significant risk for this. As the hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring, it will not cause allergic reactions.
The Ideal Candidate
Candidates who are ideal for Juvederm will typically be aiming to achieve a more youthful overall look and to address certain areas of their skin that show signs of aging.
Because everyone grows and ages differently, there is no “right age” for treatment. Goals may vary from person to person: one might be concerned about laugh lines or crow’s feet, while another is more focused on adding volume to the lips.
A Realistic Outlook
While we can achieve incredible changes to wrinkles and folds, individual results may vary. Candidates for this filler should have realistic expectations when it comes to the look they are aiming to achieve.
In addition, it should be noted that the hyaluronic acid used is a natural, biodegradable chemical. Over time, it will gradually dissipate, and its water-binding effect will start to lessen. In order to maintain lasting results, most people find it is beneficial to return for follow-up sessions.
A Cruelty-Free Product
In addition, the filler is created without using animal products, so they are consistent with anyone who is vegan or vegetarian or simply wishes to avoid using animal-based products for any reason.
What to Do Before the Treatment Session
The first major step in your process is the consultation with our staff. This will be an in-person meeting to help determine if the treatment is right for you in achieving your long-term goals.
The consultation is an important first step for several reasons. First, it helps us to figure out what specific areas you would like to treat. This will be important in choosing the specific type of Juvederm to be used.
The consultation is also a chance for you to ask any question you might have about the process: what it will feel like, how you should prepare, and what you should do immediately after.
In addition to your questions, we may also ask about any medications you take or any health issues you may have in your personal history. This will allow us to make any personalized recommendations as well.
Before the Day
Before the day of your treatment session, there are some things everyone should do. For around five days prior to your treatment session, we recommend that you refrain from using Aspirin, Bayer, or other aspirin-based products.
Aspirin has a particular effect on the bloodstream that may result in discomfort or bruising following the treatment, and as a result, it is better to avoid it and use a different painkiller, if you find you need to use one.
What to Expect During the Treatment Session
People are often surprised at just how swiftly the process moves. A session typically lasts no more than an hour and sometimes only half an hour to 45 minutes.
Your treatment will, of course, depend on the number of areas you wish to address as well as the amount of Juvederm being used. But the entire process is designed to be very quick.
What Does the Treatment Session Involve?
Our staff administers the filler into the desired areas in an even and balanced way. Each vial comes with Lidocaine (a local anesthetic) that will help increase your comfort both during and after treatment.
At our clinic, Dr. Dele-Michael also offers a special technique that does not rely on a needle. This allows us to introduce the hyaluronic acid in a way that minimizes the risk of bruising and other complications.
What to Do Right After Treatment
One of the reasons for Juvederm’s popularity is that it does not have a complicated recovery period. You can resume your normal life and most of your daily habits as soon as the session is completed.
We will also provide you with all the necessary information that will help you make the most of your treatment, likwhat to do and what to avoid in the days ahead.
What to Expect After Treatment
Typically, the hyaluronic acid starts to work right away. Visitors to the clinic will begin to see results right away, with an increase in volume and smoothness over the following two weeks.
In order to be comfortable and assist the process, we have a few recommendations for the day and weeks after the treatment process.
Avoid Extreme Heat
Heat can cause problems when directly applied to the treatment areas. For this reason, we ask people not to go to saunas, tanning salons, take very hot showers or spend time sunbathing immediately following a session.
No Alcohol for 24 Hours
Alcoholic beverages change the way the blood flows in the body, and as a result, this can lead to bruising if it is consumed immediately after an injection. We advise you to schedule your treatment session for a day where you don’t have plans to go out in the evening.
Postpone Getting a Massage
In addition, we recommend not getting any massages for two weeks following treatment, particularly in the treated area. The hyaluronic acid will achieve a balanced look, but this can be complicated by massaging the area too much right after the session.
What Else Should You Expect?
Our staff will give you more advice about what precisely you should expect in the following days and weeks. You will notice some changes right away, but don’t worry if it doesn’t look exactly the way you imagined in the first 24 hours.
The hyaluronic acid will continue to integrate with your skin and ultimately settle over the next two weeks.
Will Your Body Reject the Treatment?
One of the great things about Juvederm is that there are practically no risks of allergies, as the substance is already found in your skin. Over time, the biodegradable acid will start to be absorbed by the body and its effect will lessen.
Maintaining Your Look
As a result of this gradual decrease, many patients find it helpful to return for follow-up sessions. These sessions often consist of smaller doses but in the same desired areas. The result is a consistent and natural look.
Our staff will help you determine what particular schedule is best for you, based on your own wishes, goals, and how the treatment works for you.
How to Schedule a Consultation
The effects of aging are different for everyone, but Juvederm offers a natural-looking and personalized solution to whatever your own individual concerns are. The fast results and convenience have made it one of the most popular treatments available today.
We hope this has answered some of your questions, but if you have more, we are here to answer them. We have multiple locations and a staff that is ready to accommodate your needs.
To schedule your own personal consultation, get in touch with us today at Radiant Skin Dermatology and Laser in New York, NY!