JUVÉDERM® is a one-of-a-kind line of dermal fillers with applications ranging from injectable, anti-wrinkle treatments to non-surgical rhinoplasty and lip augmentation. This trusted and FDA-approved product is largely comprised of hyaluronic acid (HA). This is a skin-supporting substance that your body naturally makes on its own. With JUVÉDERM®, Austin locals can fill in deep creases, restore lost volume at the mid-face, balance out and refine select facial features, hydrate their skin, and more. Following is everything that you need to know about JUVÉDERM® and the many benefits it provides.
Hyaluronic Acid Hydrates and Restores
The HA in JUVÉDERM® triggers a rapid, plumping action as soon as it’s inserted into targeted facial areas. It accomplishes this by attracting and retaining water molecules. As more water is accumulated in creased, hollow, or sagging areas, the visage will take on a fuller and more youthful appearance. Given that water is what drives this plumping action, the skin additionally becomes better hydrated at every level. Proper skin hydration produces a soft dewy glow, and makes the skin far more resilient all-around. This spectacular, finishing touch contributes to the natural-looking results.
Subtlety Is Important
Subtlety is key during JUVÉDERM® treatments. By injecting just the right amount of this solution at each site, Dr. Leeman can ensure that your results are smooth and even. Patients should bear in mind that the plumping action caused by the HA in JUVÉDERM® can take between three and seven days to reach completion. While modest changes in your appearance might manifest right away, full results won’t be apparent for as long as one week. Whether filling in creases along your nasolabial folds, addressing marionette lines, or restoring lost volume in your cheeks, the overarching goal of this process will be to simply return your visage back to its youthfully smooth and vibrant appearance.
Issues That Can Be Treated
There are a number of common age and lifestyle-related issues that can be addressed with JUVÉDERM®. More often than not, this injectable is used to treat static wrinkling and the facial volume loss that’s largely responsible for it. Static wrinkles are creases that are visible on the face whether the facial muscles are moving or at a complete state of rest. These lines are generally indicative of more advanced aging. They often mean that hormonal changes, decreases in natural collagen production, diminished facial volume, and significant damage to the existing collagen layer that supports the skin have caused a drooping, sagging appearance that cannot be corrected with most non-invasive measures.
JUVÉDERM® doesn’t require any incisions at all. The entire treatment is performed with a tiny needle, much like those that diabetic patients use for insulin. The process usually takes under 20 minutes to complete, and people are able to resume their regular activities right away. Not only do JUVÉDERM® injections offer an infinitely more convenient way to address static wrinkling and facial volume loss, but Austin locals can arguably get far better results from these treatments as well.
How JUVÉDERM® Outperforms Other Procedures
Face lift surgeries typically require incisions just at the edge of the hairline or directly behind the ears. Although this choice in location for incisions helps to minimize the risk of visible scarring, there is always the possibility of having telltale signs of a surgical procedure mar the skin. Moreover, although these skin-lifting treatments have become increasingly less invasive over the years, they still require cutting, the removal of skin and other tissues, and significant downtime. None of these things are true with JUVÉDERM®.
Where most surgical face lift procedures really fall short, however, is in their failure to restore lost volume at the mid-face. After all, this is the primary cause of severe facial aging. As the facial bones gradually decrease in size, natural teeth shift out of position, adult teeth are lost or removed, and the integrity of the skin and its supporting layer of collagen break down, deep, static creases begin to develop. By simply lifting the skin to an elevated position and removing any excess skin, face lifts often leave patients looking very much unlike their real selves.
Strategic injections of JUVÉDERM® only replace the volume that’s been lost. As such, the patient’s essential face shape remains the same, and there’s no risk of developing an overly tight and unnatural look, or a flattened appearance at the mid-face. Best of all, by taking a subtle approach to restoring your lost facial volume, the doctor can make it virtually impossible for others to tell that you’ve had any work done at all.
How Long Can the Results Last?
JUVÉDERM® is greatly appreciated by many patients for its short-term effects. These treatments are designed to temporarily replace lost volume and diminish static wrinkles. Because the primary ingredient in JUVÉDERM® is a naturally occurring one, the human body is able to easily break most formulas down within about a year. This is yet another way in which JUVÉDERM® trumps invasive skin-tightening procedures.
With a face lift, whether you like them or not, you’ll either have to live with your results long-term, or undergo the entire experience of surgery all over again as part of a revision face lift. On the other hand, if you’re unhappy with how this HA-based injectable makes you look, you can expect the changes caused by your procedure to entirely abate within 12 months. People who love JUVÉDERM® and who want to enjoy the benefits provided by this product all of the time, typically receive injections twice each year.
This brand is known for introducing new and innovative products to the markets. As such, there are also options in JUVÉDERM® that can last one to two years, and possibly longer. With these solutions, both large and small molecules of HA are linked together. This is called cross-linking and it makes the hyaluronic acid slightly more difficult for the body to break down. The additional time that it takes to metabolize a cross-linked injectable ultimately means more time to enjoy smooth, line-free skin, and ample facial volume.
Austin locals have access to a very expansive range of injectable products. Moreover, many of these solutions can be safely and successfully used together. Given that it’s ranked as a high-quality filler, JUVÉDERM® is frequently used in non-surgical procedures known as liquid face lifts. During these treatments, small amounts of this HA-based filler are used along with an equally high-quality, injectable neurotoxin. Together, these two solutions will minimize the evidence of both dynamic and static wrinkling. This combination is great for people with moderate to advanced facial aging who want to erase crow’s feet, smoker’s lines or perioral wrinkles that travel the perimeter of the mouth, frown lines, creases along the nasolabial folds, marionette lines, evidence of “jowling” at the jawline, and hollows in the cheeks.
These increasingly popular combination treatments take a more all-encompassing approach to minimizing the signs of facial aging. They are ideal for patients who’ve had prior experience with both injectable neurotoxins and dermal fillers, and who are seeking a more dynamic range of aesthetic improvements. There is still no significant downtime, no risk of scarring, and no need for complex aftercare.
What to Expect from the Treatment
Get ready for a quick, easy, and totally hassle-free procedure. All JUVÉDERM® gels have lidocaine as an added ingredient for assured comfort from end to end. Most patients spend well under 30 minutes in the office. Due to this fact, many Austin locals call JUVÉDERM® the “lunchtime face lift.” After having made a very short series of injections across all areas of concern, Dr. Leeman will quickly assess the treatment area, and you will be free to go. Some people experience slight redness after their treatments along with moderate bruising or swelling, but these and any other mild aftereffects that you develop will quickly abate on their own. Once you leave the office, you can go right back to work, school, or resume any other normal activities.
While you might see a few changes in facial volume immediately after your procedure, new improvements will probably manifest for several days following your visit. As the skin becomes increasingly hydrated, and fine lines and creases are filled in, you’ll start seeing a younger and more vibrant you every time you look in the mirror. Given just how simple and short the treatment process is, JUVÉDERM® injections can be the perfect way to boost your confidence and rejuvenate your looks just ahead of any major event or occasion.
Are You Ready for a Long-Lasting Solution?
Longer-lasting versions of JUVÉDERM® aren’t just for use in non-surgical rhinoplasty and lip augmentation procedures. These solutions can also be used by patients who are well-versed in using HA-based injectables, and who are ready to commit to long-term facial changes. If you’ve used cosmetic injectables to enhance your facial volume before and are eager to experience extended benefits, speak with Dr. Leeman to know more about the full range of JUVÉDERM® treatments that we provide.
Who Is a Good JUVÉDERM® Candidate?
While injectable neurotoxins have the ability to instantly relax dynamic wrinkles like frown lines and crow’s feet, these productions are ineffective against the deeper and more significant wrinkling known as static wrinkling. Static wrinkles typically travel along the nasolabial folds, and between the corners of the mouth and the edge of the chin. Hollows in the cheeks, and sagging skin just at or below your jawline are additional signs of facial volume loss. These issues are also largely unresponsive to non-invasive skin resurfacing procedures such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion.
Ideal candidates for JUVÉDERM® have moderate to severe facial wrinkling and are looking for a quick, simple, and ultimately temporary way to revitalize their appearances. During your consultation appointment, you can speak with Dr. Leeman about your treatment goals and your treatment history. Visit the office of Daniel J. Leeman, MD in Austin to learn more. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!