One of the most perplexing and frustrating issues related to aging is the gradual loss of volume in the skin. For many of us, it’s as if we wake up one morning and our skin seems deflated, losing the natural plumpness of youth and ultimately becoming dryer, thinner, and laxer. And as you might have noticed, returning lost volume to the skin requires a bit more work than just using over-the-counter products. At Perfect Skin Center in Scottsdale, AZ, we know the solution to the loss of facial volume are injectable fillers, such as those in the Juvederm collection.
Cheeks, Lips, or Wrinkles: What Is the Right Type of Juvederm for You?
Where are your aging concerns most obvious? Is the loss of volume most prominent in your cheeks, or have your lips thinned out? Whether it’s your run-of-the-mill smile lines or the hollowing of your cheeks, the right dermal filler can instantaneously roll back the clock and revitalize your appearance. This is why it’s important to choose the dermal filler that is specifically designed for your age-related concern.
The Juvederm collection is an entire family of injectable hyaluronic aid gel fillers, each of them formulated with a specific purpose in mind. For you, it makes it much easier to assess which filler is likely the right fit for your appearance concerns. This line of fillers includes:
This is the original formula, the one that made this dermal filler a household name and a go-to favorite for many patients. For this filler, the goal of its use is to tackle the brass-tacks of anti-aging concerns, which would be the development of lines and wrinkles on the mid-face. In particular, XC is designed to reduce the appearance of parentheses lines or smile lines around the nose and mouth.
Ultra XC is a pumped-up version of the original formula that has a bit more diversity due to its slightly different texture. Ultra XC is intended to plump the lips to restore volume, augment the lips into a more ideal shape, and treat smile lines around the mouth. However, Ultra XC is unique in that it can also be used off-label to correct hollowness under the eyes and fill in wrinkles like crow’s feet.
Vollure is an injectable designed to reduce the appearance of wrinkles all over the face, particularly in the mid-face between the eyes and the chin. Vollure is an enhanced formula that settles smoothly beneath the surface of the skin. This treatment is the best option for patients who have moderate to severe fine lines and wrinkles, including deeper dynamic wrinkles that might be more difficult to treat with other fillers.
Volbella is a thin, silky-smooth filler that restores a more youthful appearance to the lips. In particular, this filler was formulated to fill in the “lipstick lines” or the vertical lines on the lips, as well as augment the shape of the lips. Volbella is ideal for those who want to restore normal lip volume, as well as those who would like to alter the fullness of their lips without surgery.
Voluma is an incredibly unique filler that is designed to restore lost volume in the cheeks. One of the reasons this filler is unique in that it handles not only age-related loss of volume, but it also contours the cheeks and fills in the hollows beneath the eyes. Voluma can be used on the apex, the apple, and the hollow of the cheeks to promote a more youthful visage.
How Do You Know Which Filler Is Best for You?
If you only have one age-related appearance concern, then picking the right filler is a simple task. For example, cheek hollowness gets a cheek filler while low lip volume gets a lip filler. This collection makes it easy to figure out which filler is best for your particular needs. If you aren’t sure which filler is best to handle more dynamic concerns, then we can help you decide during your consultation appointment.
Can You Combine These Fillers?
Absolutely! Many patients worry that it isn’t safe to use different fillers from this collection at one time, but since each of these fillers are based on the same hyaluronic acid formula, it’s very easy to pair fillers to achieve all of your aesthetic concerns. The important thing to remember is that two different fillers should not be used on the same area of the face.
For example, if you are using Volbella on the lips, then you would not be able to use Ultra on the lips as well. However, since there is such a variety of fillers to choose from, you can easily cherry-pick the fillers you want for each of your aesthetic concerns.
Is There One Filler That Can Address All of Your Concerns?
Of course, there is always the option of using a multi-purpose filler to handle all of your aesthetic concerns. For this collection of fillers, the hardest worker is Ultra XC, which can be used to fill in fine lines and wrinkles on virtually every area of the face, including the lips and the hollows beneath the eyes. Mild restoration of lost volume in the cheeks may also be restored with this filler.
How Does the Juvederm Collection Work?
Like any other dermal filler, this collection is an injectable treatment that is performed in our office. Injectable treatments require the use of a thin needle, which delivers the units of the filler directly into the sub-dermal layers of skin at ideal points of treatment to target each of your aesthetic concerns. The whole collection is focused on one main active ingredient – hyaluronic acid – which works to restore virtually all skin volume concerns.
Why Is Hyaluronic Acid Important?
Hyaluronic acid has recently become a buzzword in the beauty and cosmetic community due to its powerful moisturizing and volumizing abilities. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring compound found in the subdermal layers of the skin. Capable of retaining 1000 times its own weight in water, hyaluronic acid supports the balance of moisture in the skin and also plays an important role in supporting the continued production of collagen.
Is Hyaluronic Acid Just As Effective Applied Topically?
Studies show that hyaluronic acid can help boost the production of collagen, which increases skin volume and skin health. While hyaluronic acid fillers, such as those in this collection, are doubly beneficial for restoring facial volume for a long time, you may also be wondering if hyaluronic acid is equally as effective when applied to the surface of the skin.
You may have noticed a slew of over-the-counter moisturizers and serums formulated with hyaluronic acid lately. The truth is that these skincare products can help support the moisture balance both within the skin and on the skin surface. However, used alone, hyaluronic acid applied topically functions mostly as a hydrating agent and is not capable of the same anti-aging feats as injectable hyaluronic acid. Savvy patients use both hyaluronic acid fillers and hyaluronic acid moisturizers to enhance results.
What Are the Benefits of This Collection?
There are several benefits of this treatment that are appealing to patients. In addition to there being many fillers you can choose from to meet your exact needs, some benefits of this collection include:
Subtle and Natural-Looking Results
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers produce very natural-looking results by subtly refreshing and restoring your appearance. This is partly because of the way the fillers are designed to settle evenly beneath the skin and partly because of how the hyaluronic acid formula works with the body’s natural regenerative abilities to reverse the visible signs of aging.
Immediate and Long-Lasting Results
Although the results of this treatment will gradually build over the course of several weeks, the vast majority of patients also report noticing immediate results within the first 1 to 3 days of treatment. Even better, the results for this treatment last a long time, especially when compared to other fillers on the market.
For example, the original formula can last for 6 to 12 months, while Ultra and Volbella can reliably last for up to 12 months. Both Vollure and Voluma can last for 18 months or more after a single treatment.
Easily Compatible With Other Treatments
In addition to these fillers being compatible with themselves, this collection is also safe to combine with other cosmetic treatments. For example, a filler like Restylane can also be safely used with this filler. Other treatments that are compatible with the fillers in this collection include:
Neurotoxins such as Dysport and Botox are designed to relax the facial muscles to release tension and smooth the appearance of wrinkles on the skin surface. Because neurotoxins are predominately used on the upper face, particularly between the eyebrows and on the forehead, both fillers and neurotoxins can be used at the same time because they treat different areas.
Facial treatments such as chemical peels and Hydrafacials are both compatible with dermal fillers, largely because facials treat superficial skin concerns such as sun damage, scarring, acne, blemishes, uneven skin tone, and uneven skin texture. Other aesthetic treatments, such as microdermabrasion and dermaplaning, both of which are advanced exfoliation treatments, can also be used to enhance the effects of dermal fillers.
Some patients may also use professional-grade skincare products, such as SkinMedica to prolong and enhance the results of this treatment. Skincare products can support your results and treat the surface of your skin to improve overall tone and elasticity.
Minimally Invasive and Quick Treatment
Because dermal fillers are minimally invasive, they are virtually painless and have very quick treatment appointments. Most patients can expect their treatment appointments to last about 30 minutes. Patients can also expect virtually zero downtime after treatment, with the exception of refraining from strenuous exercise and staying out of direct sunlight for a few days.
Safe and Low-Risk Treatment
The first filler in this collection, Juvederm XC, has been approved by the FDA since 2006, which means the filler has over a decade-long record proving how safe and effective the treatment is. And since hyaluronic acid is a naturally derived ingredient, the risk of side effects is incredibly minimal. For both of those reasons, this treatment is regarded as ideal for all skin types and tones.
Who Are Good Candidates?
Good candidates include any patient over the age of 21 who would like to restore lost facial volume or contour the appearance of the lips or cheeks. Ideally, patients are not currently pregnant at the time of treatment. You are likely a good candidate for these filler treatments if you want to:
- Restore lost facial volume
- Contour the cheeks, nose, lips, or chin
- Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- And more!
The Right Juvederm Can Meet All of Your Aesthetic Goals
Whether it’s your cheeks, lips, or just wrinkles, the right dermal filler can easily meet all of your aesthetic goals. If you think the best way to turn back the clock is with the Juvederm collection of dermal fillers, please call Perfect Skin Center in Scottsdale, AZ to schedule your consultation appointment today!