As we get older, our faces can begin to show our age in many different ways. Most people are aware of wrinkles and lines aging their face but there’s another more subtle sign of aging that many people don’t think they can fix– flattening cheeks, sagging skin and thinning lips with noticeable vertical lines. The sagging skin and flattening cheeks are caused by the natural loss of volume in the cheek area; this fat loss is also referred to as “age-related midface volume loss” by experts. And, while some people have naturally thin lips, over time your lips can begin to thin and produce vertical lines as you age. Southern Dermatology offers a range of fillers from Juvéderm® to help add fullness back to your face and take off years from your appearance.
Juvéderm® products are injectable gels composed of Hyaluronic acid, or HA, made for deep injections into the cheek area and lips to correct age-related midface volume loss and thinning lips.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in our skin that delivers nutrients and helps retain moisture. Our skin also uses Hyaluronic acid, or HA, to retain smoothness, softness and volume; high concentrations of HA can be found in fluids near the eyes and the joints. Because of how well it works with the natural fluids in our skin to help reduce the signs of aging, many have begun to call Hyaluronic acid the “fountain of youth”.
Juvéderm® is the number one selling collection of Hyaluronic acid fillers in the United States. Each Juvéderm product is a smooth, crystal-clear gel that is administered through injection to add volume and lift to the face without the need for surgery. Juvéderm facial fillers, when done right, can make you look years younger.
Our bodies reduce production of Hyaluronic acid as we age and results in lines, wrinkles and loss of volume. Juvéderm® restores hyaluronic acid– adding volume and making line and wrinkles less prominent.
Before injecting any Juvéderm® product, your doctor with take your medical history and provide an in-depth facial analysis to ensure the most natural looking results for your face. Your treatment time can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on which area of your face is being treated and can last for up to a year.
The procedure is relatively painless due to Lidocaine contained in the injection providing a helpful numbing effect. Patients worried about the pain levels can request the use of a numbing cream though this may increase the amount of time spent for treatment.
Allergic reactions are extremely rare with the HA that makes up Juvéderm® products though you may experience bruising and swelling for the next couple of days.
Juvéderm Volbella® is the latest FDA-approved injectable added to the Juvéderm family of dermal fillers.
Juvéderm Volbella® is perfect for anyone looking to define and enhance the fullness of their lips while reducing the appearance of fine lines around the mouth. This natural-looking filler is a non-surgical lip augmentation treatment is made of Hyaluronic Acid and does not require a skin test before injections. The small particle size of the HA in Juvéderm Volbella® allows fine lines to be treated in delicate areas without getting an over-full and puffy look– perfect for subtle enhancements of the lips.
Using patented Vycross® technology, a proprietary filler technology from Allergan, Juvéderm Volbella is a smooth dermal filler product that has been engineered to address specific patient concerns. Volbella® has been proven to soften and fill lines in a majority of patients through one year with retained moisture and softness for long-lasting results in patients who opt for a one month touch up.
The most common side effects of Juvéderm Volbella® are swelling, bruising, tenderness, redness, pain, and the possibility of discomfort and itching. These common side effects are temporary responses that can occur at the treatment site.
Recovery with Volbella is minimal allowing you to return to your usual activities after the procedure. You may experience mild side effects such as redness, tenderness or swelling right after the procedure, but side effects should subside within a couple weeks. Within the first 24 hours after your treatment, it is best to not do extreme exercise and to limit sun exposure.
Juvéderm Voluma® is the newest facial filler to be approved by the FDA. Juvéderm Voluma® is a Hylauronic Acid filler used to create a smoother contour to your mid face giving you a more youthful and natural appearance. The placement of the Juvéderm Voluma® filler helps support areas of volume loss in the mid-face and to restore diminished facial contouring that comes with age. These non-surgical fillers help to lift the lower face and jawline to create a firmer, more youthful look without the need for surgery.
Your doctor will look at the Ogee Curve, or the contour that runs from the cheekbone to the mid-face hollow, of your face to determine the best placement for the filler.
Juvéderm Voluma® also uses the same Vycross® technology to produce and efficiently and tightly cross-linked gel to help with lift capacity and duration of the filler. In fact, Juvéderm Voluma® is the only filler on the market FDA-approved to last for up to 2 years.
Some side effects of Juvéderm Voluma® are bruising that can last anywhere from three to 10 days and minor swelling around the injection site.
The entire process is virtually painless. For patients worried about pain, Juvederm Voluma contains lidocaine for pain reduction. If you’re still uncomfortable, your doctor may also provide a topical numbing cream or ice to help minimize further discomfort. Voluma is the only reversible filler that can replace the lost tissue while lifting the skin towards its original position for up to two years. Reverse your sagging skin, jowls, under-eye circles and aged, hollow appearance with Voluma fillers.
In the video below, you can see the process of injecting the Voluma fillers and see the patient experiencing no pain and her amazing before and after results.