When you look in the mirror lately, do you see more wrinkles than you remember? Are lines starting to become more pronounced on your forehead or around your eyes, nose, or mouth? These are common challenges that come with the aging of the skin. Fortunately, you don’t have to do something drastic like a facelift. Modern medicine has given us much gentler choices for those who want a non-surgical option. That’s why Ingrid E. Trenkle, MD in Redlands, CA is proud to offer Juvederm for the reduction of facial lines and adding volume to the skin, lips, and cheeks.
What Is Juvederm?
This dermal filler works by adding volume to the skin. The filler’s active ingredient is a naturally-occurring substance called hyaluronic acid. That’s why these types of fillers are often referred to as “hyaluronic acid fillers” or “HA fillers”. They work by replenishing the skin’s ideal levels of hyaluronic acid. This lends fullness to the lower levels of the skin. When the HA levels are restored, the wrinkles and lines on the surface are reduced, achieving a youthful, vibrant look.
Why Does My Skin Need Hyaluronic Acid?
As our skin matures, it loses several of the key elements that keep it looking young. It often starts to suffer a decrease in its natural reserves of hyaluronic acid.
This chemical is used for several functions in the skin, but the most important feature is that it binds to water. This results in skin that is more hydrated. When we start to lose our hyaluronic acid, the skin keeps less total water underneath, which can cause visible volume loss. Fortunately, this is also something that we can treat when we use the right kind of dermal filler.
Benefits of Juvederm Treatments
There are many significant advantages to using a hyaluronic acid filler. There are a number of reasons this has been such a popular filler, used by millions of Americans every year.
It Is Non-Surgical
First of all, you won’t have to undergo a surgical operation. There are no incisions as part of the process. For many people, the idea of a facelift or a similar treatment option is overwhelming, or perhaps it’s not even possible for medical reasons. They might want to reduce the wrinkles on their skin, but a surgical operation is just not the right choice for them. Hyaluronic acid fillers will reduce these wrinkles without ever having to worry about surgery.
It Delivers Real, Tangible Results
Every year, over two million Americans get this treatment. Many of them get it multiple times or in multiple areas because they are pleased with the results and know that it is something they can rely on. It has an extremely high satisfaction rating and any risks are considered to be very low.
It Is a Low-Risk Treatment
Why is this considered a low-risk treatment? There are a few reasons. For one thing, it has been around since 2006 when it was first approved by the FDA. It has been used many times, which means that it is not a new or experimental treatment by any means. It has a proven track record.
Another reason this is so low-risk is that it relies on a natural substance as its active ingredient. Because your body already contains hyaluronic acid, it is much less likely to suffer an allergic reaction or reject the injection by identifying it as a “strange or foreign substance.”
It Delivers Natural-Looking Results
Much of the volume that comes from a hyaluronic acid treatment actually comes from your own body. When the filler is injected, it binds to the water in your skin. This supplies much of the added volume, and this is why it looks less like a filler and more like natural, well-hydrated skin.
It Works Quickly
This is one of the main advantages of hyaluronic acid fillers. They work much faster than collagen-inducing injectables. Although collagen-focused treatments can produce great results, they usually need six months to achieve their full potential. Hyaluronic acid fillers usually show their ideal results after two weeks. If you are aiming to get results fast, this is the treatment for you.
It Can Be an Alternative to Other Injectables, Like Neurotoxins
This filler can be a great option when other injectables start to wear off or lose their effectiveness. Sometimes patients notice that their Botox treatments no longer work quite as well as they used to. In these cases, a hyaluronic acid filler can deliver a higher level of satisfaction than the neurotoxin Botox or its cousins Xeomin and Dysport. Some people combine treatments, occasionally using neurotoxins for issues on the upper part of the face (like frown lines) and hyaluronic acid fillers for the mouth and nose areas.
It Lasts for a Long Time
This injectable will last in your skin for anywhere from one to two years, depending on the treatment area and the specific type used. This is a huge advantage, as it is one of the longest-lasting treatments on the market. Almost all injectables require some sort of maintenance or follow-up treatment in order to keep the results looking fresh. In this case, you can wait longer between these periodic maintenance treatments, which saves you both time and money in the long run.
It Doesn’t Take Long to Administer
In many cases, we are able to complete an injection session in only 20 minutes. Sometimes it will take longer if there are multiple treatment areas. Still, the experience is meant to be extremely easy and low-hassle, and even longer sessions are over in 40 minutes to an hour.
It Includes Lidocaine as an Anesthetic
The injection includes its own local anesthetic called lidocaine. This is part of the formula, and it is injected into the patient at the same time as the filler in order to reduce the potential discomfort. At our office, we also offer a numbing cream which can be administered 30 minutes ahead of time, if you desire. This will require patients to come into the office a little earlier, but it is one extra option to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible.
It Requires Very Little Preparation
While surgeries and other treatments may require lengthy and complicated preparations, you will not have to do very much when it comes to this filler. We advise patients to avoid aspirin and NSAIDs painkillers that can sometimes thin the bloodstream because this leads to complications during the injection. Our staff will make sure you have all the details on how to prepare for a session, but these requirements are very simple for the majority of patients.
It Doesn’t Require Any Downtime
After your session is finished, you will be able to resume your life without having to undergo a lengthy recovery process. You will not need to stay somewhere overnight or take a week off work. Many patients work on the same day as their treatment.
It Has a Minimal Impact on Your Daily Life
There are very few restrictions on your activities after you get treatment. After a session, it is necessary for patients to avoid alcohol for 24 hours. It is also important to avoid any additional skin treatments or overexposure to the sun or heat. For this reason, sunbathing, tanning, and saunas are usually best after a 48-hour waiting period. Still, in general, there are very few restrictions that are required as a result of getting a hyaluronic acid filler.
It Can Deliver Consistent, Long-Term Results
Over time, most dermal fillers will lose their effectiveness and begin to fade. With this treatment, your body will start to absorb the hyaluronic acid into your skin, and the results will start to diminish as well. However, the filler lasts for one or two years, and it is possible to lengthen the lifespan of that treatment much, much longer.
When you get maintenance treatments, you will often find that less of the filler is needed, and you can achieve amazing results for years after your first session. There are a number of types of Juvederm that are designed to target different treatment areas. The longevity of your treatment results will depend on the specific type you use.
It Can Plump and Smooth Lips
One of these specific types is called Volbella. Volbella is used primarily for the lips and the lines that appear around the mouth. Are you seeing your lips lose volume or appear thinner with the passage of time? If so, Volbella can re-volumize your lips and give you renewed fullness. Reclaim a plump and pleasing shape to your lips with Volbella. You’ll see positive results for a year after treatment.
It Can Add Volume to Cheeks
Are you finding that your cheeks are beginning to thin or give off a hollow look? Another type of filler that can treat this is called Voluma, which restores volume to the cheeks. It can be used to contour and refine the shape of the apple of your cheek or fill the hollow areas.
Voluma works deep in the lower skin layers of your cheeks and has a deeper injection length. For this reason, it also will provide the longest-lasting results of any of these fillers. You can continue to see excellent results for two years after your first injection of Voluma.
It Can Fill Challenging Nasolabial Folds
When it comes to correcting Nasolabial folds (also known as parenthesis lines), you can get great results with Vollure. Vollure is a balanced form of the filler that is designed for moderate to severe facial folds and will soften the appearance of lines around the mouth. The filler will continue to last for roughly 18 months after the injection session.
Are You a Candidate?
Because hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the skin, these fillers are suitable for almost anyone. They will work with just about any patient or skin type. For reasons of safety, there are only a few exceptions. Treatment is not recommended for anyone who is currently pregnant or breastfeeding. In addition, it is not advised for anyone who has an allergic reaction to lidocaine, as this is a part of the formula used during the injection.
For almost all other patients, it can restore volume to whatever area of your facial skin that is currently a concern. To make sure that the treatment is right for you, our staff will meet you for an aesthetic consultation where we discuss your goals, medical history, and set a plan for treatment.
Get Started With Juvederm: Your Personal Consultation
Are you ready to eliminate your unwanted wrinkles and lines, and experience the benefits of vibrant, youthful skin? Taking the first step is easy! Simply contact Ingrid E. Trenkle, MD in Redlands, CA for your personal consultation and start your journey today!