Although the visible signs of aging are inevitable, modern dermal fillers can erase these signs temporarily. Thanks to years of research and development, you no longer have to live with lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. At Beautique Medical Anti-Aging in Knoxville, TN, we are proud to offer several Juvederm formulas to help our clients restore the appearance of youth, regardless of the severity of the aging signs.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Juvederm Injections?
Juvederm is considered an anti-aging treatment, but you don’t have to be in your 50s or 60s to qualify for injections. A great deal of research, including independent clinical trials, has gone into studying the safety and efficacy of this hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler.
After reviewing the results of those trials, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration determined this treatment is suitable for most individuals who are at least 21 years of age. You see, age isn’t the only qualification for this volumizing injectable! Here are some of the other things we look for in candidates:
Facial Folds and Wrinkles
Despite popular belief, both men and women can benefit from volumizing injectables. If you are a man or woman with facial folds or wrinkles, there is an excellent chance you will qualify for this injectable. What’s great about the Juvederm collection of fillers is each formula is designed to be extremely effective and durable in a different facial region.
When you come in for your initial consultation, we will assess all of your cosmetic concerns to determine whether they are caused by volume loss or overactive muscles. If your concerns are caused by volume loss, this collection of dermal fillers can help you. Otherwise, you will need injectable muscle relaxants to achieve your desired aesthetic. Note that it is possible to need both kinds of injectable treatments to completely reverse the visible signs of aging.
Smile Lines and Other Lines
Smile lines are particularly frustrating because they get significantly deeper over the years. Additionally, they are incredibly difficult to treat. If your smile lines are caused by volume loss, you will almost definitely qualify for an injectable dermal filler. If you invest a few minutes into the health and appearance of your skin, you can enjoy several months of smiling with confidence.
You may also qualify for this treatment if you have other lines caused by volume loss, such as marionette lines and deep laugh lines. Laugh lines, sometimes known as nasolabial folds, are deep creases that run vertically from your nose to your mouth. Like smile lines, they are incredibly difficult to treat. However, with a few Ultra Plus XC injections, you can enjoy flawlessly smooth skin that will last between six and 12 months.
You also may qualify for Juvederm injections if you are concerned about how thin your lips are. Some people experience thin lips as they age due to collagen loss. Others were born with thin or asymmetrical lips and have struggled with their self-image and self-confidence their entire life. Regardless of the cause of your thin lips, this injectable dermal filler can help you. What’s really exciting about this injectable is how versatile it is.
You can enhance your natural beauty by adding a subtle amount of volume to your lips. However, you also have the option to add a dramatic amount of volume and get extremely plump lips. Furthermore, this filler is versatile enough that you can correct asymmetry and look completely natural. The best part is you don’t have to undergo an invasive procedure and implant plastic in your lips to get a desirable pout.
If you are concerned about the appearance of your midface, but you don’t have the time or money to undergo a facelift or cheek augmentation, Voluma XC is for you. This Juvederm formula can provide such benefits as:
- Lifting sagging cheek skin
- Recontouring the cheekbones
- Enhancing the appearance of the eyes
- Restoring volume to the apple of the cheek
- Eliminating wrinkles
We don’t just consider age and cosmetic concerns when determining who is a good candidate for this treatment. We also look at the health of the individual considering treatment. You will qualify for this treatment if you are in fairly good health. To determine whether you are healthy enough for this treatment, we will evaluate your current health and health history.
You should be prepared to talk about all of the medications and dietary supplements you are currently taking when you come in for your initial consultation. There are certain drugs and supplements you cannot take for several days before treatment to qualify. For instance, you may not take any blood-thinning drugs or supplements during the 72 hours leading up to your injections. If you have a heart condition and can’t stop taking blood thinners temporarily, this treatment is not right for you.
What Should I Expect During My Treatment Session?
You may be confident you will qualify for this treatment but unsure whether it is right for you. You’re not alone. There are a lot of misconceptions regarding what the treatment process is like, and we’re here to clear the air and give you a run-down of what you should actually expect during your treatment.
Before your injections are administered, we will clean the treatment area. If necessary, we will remove any cosmetics you wore to your appointment. Otherwise, we will simply remove all dirt, pollen, pollutants, and other irritants from the surface of your skin. Once that is complete, we will administer a topical anesthetic if you think a topical anesthetic will be best for you. Then, we will administer a few injections per treatment area depending on your required dosage.
How Long Will My Treatment Session Take?
A variety of factors affect how long your treatment session will take. One of the most significant factors affecting the length of your treatment is whether you opt for a topical anesthetic. It can take a quarter of an hour for your skin to numb completely once the medication is administered. Keep that in mind if you plan to come in on your lunch break rather than take time off from work.
If you don’t opt for a topical anesthetic, your session may take anywhere from 10 to 60 minutes to complete. While the injections themselves only take a few minutes to administer, it will take a few minutes to clean your skin. You should only expect your session to take around 10 minutes if you are only treating one region of your face. If you are treating multiple areas and need several formulas injected, your session may take up to an hour.
Are the Injections Painful Without a Topical Anesthetic?
No, you will not experience any pain during your treatment session, even if you forgo the topical numbing cream. We use a very fine needle to administer the injectable dermal filler, and you will only feel a slight pressure as the first dose is administered. By the time the second injection is administered, the lidocaine included in the formula will have numbed the treatment area, so you won’t feel anything at all.
What Are the Benefits Associated With This Treatment?
Numerous benefits are associated with this line of injectable dermal fillers. Here are a few:
One of the most significant benefits associated with this line of dermal fillers is you will experience an immediate increase in localized volume. This is because hyaluronic acid, the primary active ingredient in the filler, immediately attracts and binds to an incredible amount of water while the filler itself provides a noticeable increase in volume.
With that being said, it will take a few days for the filler to settle and several more days for your skin to produce extra collagen in response to the extra hyaluronic acid. Individual results vary, but the average person can expect ideal results within 10 to 14 days. Thanks to the extra collagen production, the results of this treatment are incredibly durable.
Another incredible benefit of this injectable dermal filler is its convenience. Your session may only take 10 to 20 minutes if you are only correcting the appearance of an area or two. You can easily fit this treatment into your lunch break and return to work because there is no downtime required following this treatment.
With that being said, there are a few guidelines you must adhere to for a few days after your injections. For example, you should sleep on your back to avoid applying too much pressure to your face as your filler settles. For the same reason, it is advisable to not apply makeup during the first 24 hours following your session. If you feel the need to wear makeup when you go back to the office, make sure you remove it very gently. Other things that should be avoided include:
- Excessive heat
- Prolonged sun exposure
- Intense exercise
Again, individual results vary, but the average person can expect ideal results that last between six and 24 months. Several factors affect the longevity of the results, including the age and skin health of the client, lifestyle choices, and the formula used. To reiterate, each formula is designed to be incredibly effective and long-lasting in a different region of the face.
The Voluma XC formula was designed to enhance the appearance of the midface without the need for an invasive procedure. In fact, it is the only FDA-approved injectable to restore the appearance of youth to your cheeks. Because most of the cheek skin is so thick, the injectable gel is very thick. Additionally, the molecular weight of the hyaluronic acid molecules is greater, and patented cross-linking technology is used during the manufacturing process. This injectable’s results last two years.
How to Enjoy Longer-Lasting Results
If you want your results to last as long as possible, you need to make lifestyle choices that are good for your skin. For instance, you should wear sunscreen daily, drink plenty of water, eat nutritious meals, and minimize alcohol consumption.
Discover Today Whether This Anti-Aging Treatment Is Right for You
You don’t have to spend another day living with thin lips, hollow cheeks, lines, and wrinkles that make you feel self-conscious. If you’re at least 21 years old and concerned about facial volume loss, you may be a good candidate for Juvederm injections. To find out if this volumizing treatment is right for you, contact us today at Beautique Medical Anti-Aging in Knoxville, TN to schedule your initial consultation.