When the reflection in the mirror doesn’t feel like a true reflection of your age (or the age you want to see in yourself), a filler like Juvederm can be a suitable substitute for surgery. Think of it as a liquid facelift.
What do you think ages our appearance the most? Is it lines and wrinkles? Discoloration? Sagging skin? Truthfully, it is a combination of all of these factors, but there is one major underlying cause that contributes to the sagging, lines, and wrinkles—a loss of fullness. Think of a youthful face, and you’ll most likely picture a face with full, rounded cheeks. That’s because fat plays a large part in filling out the skin and keeps our faces looking smooth and supple.
Juvederm is a collection of fillers designed to be used in different areas of the face. Common areas include cheeks, corners of the mouth, and lips. The main ingredient in Juvederm is hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring sugar found in the body that gives the skin moisture, volume, and elasticity. As HA gets depleted with age, skin loses volume and wrinkles are more likely to appear. When injected, HA acts like a sponge to attract water into the skin. As a result, it plumps up the area in which it was injected. One advantage of HA-based fillers over earlier options is that because HA is found naturally in the body there's no risk of allergic reaction. Though not totally painless, most HA fillers are infused with the anesthetic lidocaine to minimize discomfort during and after treatment.
Depending on the material (some are thinner and more "flowy," others thicker, so they can potentially last longer), the effects of Juvederm can last from 6 to 18 months before the body gradually absorbs the material.
Expert advice based on your specific needs will help you have the right experience. The team at Windsor Dermatology is ready to help you create a personalized treatment plan. Call today to schedule your consultation.