Have you noticed a recent change in the quality of your skin? Has the tone or texture changed? If you are experiencing the effects of aging skin, then you may be a candidate for Juvederm: a minimally-invasive and highly effective treatment offered by the medical professionals at RiverwalkMD Aesthetics in Corona, CA.
All of us experience the effects of aging skin at some point in our lives. Many factors play a role in changes to our skin, including genetics, sun exposure, diet, and other medical issues. Because of this, people rarely have a specific timeline where they will reliably experience a change in their skin. It can happen late or in middle age for some people and as early as the 20s for others.
How Does Juvederm Help?
This dermal filler treatment is known as a hyaluronic acid (HA) filler. It works by increasing the amount of hyaluronic acid that is in your skin. This is helpful in specific areas where you want more volume or a smoother surface. When this HA is added to your skin, it helps return hydration and fullness to the treatment area. With the extra HA, your skin becomes fuller in its lower levels. The surface begins to show fewer wrinkles as a result, and the skin also appears more vibrant and youthful.
How It Works
HA is a chemical that we all have in our skin. It is completely natural, and it helps us retain water in our dermal layers. HA binds to water and also delivers nutrients to various parts of our skin. Unfortunately, our natural HA levels begin to decline as we get older, causing volume loss, and eventually wrinkles or severe lines and folds. By restoring your HA levels, we can treat one of the underlying causes of aging skin.
When Is the Right Time to Get Juvederm Treatments?
This question can have two meanings. First, people may be asking “what is the right age to get treatment?” Second, they may also want to know “what are the right conditions for treatment?” We will discuss both these issues so you have all the information at your fingertips.
The Best Age for Treatment
Because everyone’s skin is different, there is no absolute “right” age for treatment. Some people may want to treat their lines and wrinkles early; as soon as they begin to appear. Others may not mind small wrinkles so much, but when they get older they will want to deal with more pronounced lines like marionette lines from the corners of the mouth to the chin and nasolabial folds from the side of the nose to the sides of the mouth.
It should be noticed that this particular treatment was developed for people who are 21 and older. It is not an option for teens or recommended for patients in the age range of 18-21.
The 20s and 30s
In general, most people retain much of their HA during this time. However, certain individuals may want to restore their skin tone in a specific treatment area. Different varieties of filler can be used to augment the lips or to contour the cheek lines or add volume to the apples of the cheek. In addition, the filler can be applied to frown lines and lip or mouth lines that have become prematurely severe, making a patient look older than their actual age.
This is the most typical age to start getting HA fillers. The reason is that in this case, many patients first start to notice a serious change in their skin tone and quality. They may have noticed small changes beforehand, but as we go through our forties, these issues become more apparent and noticeable enough that treatment becomes a more popular option.
The 50s and Beyond
During this time, there are a number of treatment areas that can be targeted: lips, cheeks, or severe lines. It is also typical for people who had treatment in their forties to get “maintenance” treatments in their fifties. Because HA fillers are slowly absorbed over time, they deliver their best results for one or two years after treatment. After this, they will require touch-up injections in order to deliver lasting benefits.
Ultimately, the treatment is an option for most patients over 21 who are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding.
The Best Reasons for Treatment
Over the years, HA fillers have become refined and improved. With Juvederm, there are multiple varieties that have been developed to work on a number of different treatment areas. These varieties can address the following issues:
One of the most common reasons for using this filler is the nasolabial folds (also called “parenthesis lines”). These two lines surround the mouth, forming what looks like a pair of parenthesis brackets, and they can be one of the most noticeable early signs of aging. As our skin loses HA, they can become especially pronounced. Some of the first HA fillers were designed specifically for treating this issue. If you have been struggling with nasolabial folds, this treatment can make the difference and take years off your face.
The cheeks are a difficult area to treat for a number of reasons. They contain some of the thickest skin on the face. They also have different requirements, depending on the area of the cheek that is being treated.
Many patients want to add volume to the middle of the cheeks in order to combat the “hollow” look. Others wish to lift or define their cheek line. Still others want to add volume to the area that is known as the apple, which sticks out farthest and can be contoured in a pleasing way that radiates youth and happiness. For these treatments, there is a specific variety called “Voluma XC” that can work to help the process.
When it comes to the lips, many patients want to add volume and plumpness to their overall look. Thin lips can be a sign of aging, but they can also be a natural result of genetics, causing some patients to look older than their years. HA fillers can add youthful volume to the lips as well as eliminate lines around the sides and corners of the mouth.
Types of Filler
At RiverwalkMD Aesthetics in Corona, CA, we offer several of the most recent and cutting-edge varieties on the market. These fillers can address your aesthetic needs whether you are younger or older. They are appropriate for nearly every age range and skin type. All of them contain a local anesthetic to ensure you experience the most comfortable treatment session.
Voluma XC works on multiple regions of the cheeks. It can define your cheek line or apple or it can fill in the areas of the cheek that are looking thin or sunken. Because Voluma XC is injected deep into the cheek, it will last for up to two years after the injection. It is the longest-lasting of these HA fillers, making it a reliable and effective option for people seeking lasting results.
At RiverwalkMD Aesthetics, we also offer Volbella XC, a variety that is designed to target issues involving the lips. This filler can be used to contour the lips and give them the shape you’ve always desired. It can also add volume and plumpness as well as eliminate or soften vertical lip lines. Volbella XC typically lasts for a year after the initial injection.
Vollure XC is designed to work on a few different areas of the face. It is particularly useful in softening and smoothing moderate or severe nasolabial folds. It can also be used to minimize lines that occur around the lips and mouth, giving you a pleasing and smooth look near the corners of your mouth. Previous nasolabial fold treatments often only lasted for 9 months to a year, but Vollure XC extends the lifespan of this treatment to up to 18 months, allowing you to enjoy your results for nearly twice as long.
What Happens During Treatment?
Treatments take place at our offices and are very quick. Nearly every injection takes place in under an hour, and some can last only 15 or 20 minutes. The ease of injection is part of what makes this such a popular option. It won’t disrupt your daily life the way some other treatments might.
During the session, our medical professionals will make sure you are comfortable and inject the desired treatment areas using a very fine needle. The HA filler contains lidocaine: a local anesthetic that will help to mitigate discomfort and also encourage a faster recovery. After the treatment, you will not need to take time off. You will be able to resume most of your daily activities immediately.
How Fast Does It Work?
Fillers start to work right away and will be immediately noticeable. You may see some differences around the time you leave the office and more over the first day. One thing to remember about HA fillers is that it takes a little bit of time for the hyaluronic acid to bind to water and set in place. Because of this, your ideal results will not really be visible until roughly two weeks after your injections. In order to ensure optimal results, patients are encouraged to follow all medical directions before and after treatment.
What Do I Need to Do Before Treatment?
One of the advantages of dermal fillers is that they are very minimally invasive and require almost no preparation on the part of the patient. However, there are a few things to keep in mind before you come in for your injection:
- Avoid alcohol for 24 hours before treatment
- Avoid skin treatments or tanning for several days before treatment
- Avoid aspirin or medications that thin the blood for several days before treatment
These precautions will help ensure a successful session, and your best results.
What Do I Need to Do After Treatment?
After treatment, many of the suggestions are of a similar nature:
- Avoid alcohol for 24 hours after treatment
- Avoid excessive heat and sun exposure for 24-48 hours
- Avoid massages for two weeks after the injection
When you decide to learn more about this treatment, we will schedule a personal consultation with you. During this time, you will be given a full explanation of what to do both before and after a session.
What Happens During a Consultation?
Consultations take place in person at our office with a member of our medical staff. A consultation is our way of getting to know you. We will discuss your medical history and make sure that you are a good fit for this treatment. We will also discuss your expectations and personal goals. At the same time, you can ask any questions you might have about the treatment process.
Book Your Consultation
Would you like to know more? You can start your journey today and experience the life-changing benefits of Juvederm! Our staff is here for you. Contact us at RiverwalkMD Aesthetics in Corona, CA for your aesthetic consultation today!