Are you noticing lines and creases in your face, particularly around your eyes, forehead, and mouth? Are you looking for a way to turn the clock back on your skin, and revitalize your appearance? Juvederm is a straightforward and non-invasive procedure that can not only fill out those wrinkles but leave your face supple and radiant. At Murphy Plastic Surgery in Englewood, CO, we’ll help you achieve a more youthful look that is quick, easy, and requires almost no downtime.
Juvederm FAQs: How Long Does It Take to See Results?
This is an amazing dermal filler that produces almost immediate results, and they continue to develop in the weeks following treatment. Specific results depend on the individual, however, and the area being targeted. To learn more about this treatment and how it can benefit you, read on.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are substances that are injected into the target areas of the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. They’re growing more and more popular because they’re simple, nonsurgical, and noninvasive, but incredibly effective at offering smooth, voluminous skin. The specific dermal filler you use will depend on what you’re looking to target. In this instance, we’ll be looking at the dermal filler Juvederm.
What Do Dermal Fillers Treat?
Dermal fillers can be used to treat many of the wrinkles you might notice on your face, including nasolabial folds (the lines that go from the edge of the nose to the corner of the mouth), crow’s feet, frown lines, lip lines, and worry lines.
These fillers can also be used to smooth out minor scars, including those caused by acne. They can fill out sunken, sagging cheeks, and add volume to deep bags under the eyes.
They’re also commonly used to infuse some volume into thin lips, giving patients a lovely plump pout!
What Causes These Wrinkles?
Wrinkles are caused by a whole host of factors: sun damage, smoking, an unbalanced diet, overactive facial muscles, and even stress. But the main source of all our problems? Aging.
Unfortunately, wrinkles are a typical part of the aging process. As we get older, we lose hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a naturally-occurring compound responsible for bringing moisture and nutrients such as collagen and elastin to the skin. This can lead to skin that is more coarse and wrinkled and has lost its elasticity.
Luckily, Juvederm’s main active ingredient is hyaluronic acid. This injection replenishes your skin with its depleted compound to treat those concerns, and it’s something your skin wants more of. Patients can also feel secure using a product that is naturally produced within the body and isn’t a random foreign substance or something artificial.
How Does This Treatment Work?
Molecules in hyaluronic acid bind to water. This is how it brings moisture to the skin. When Juvederm is injected into the face, the hyaluronic acid in it starts binding to water immediately, which plumps up the skin and reduces the appearance of lines. In fact, HA can absorb up to one thousand times its weight in water and fluids, so it can get the skin incredibly firm and full of volume. And while hyaluronic acid is usually liquid, we inject it in gel form, which means it retains a plumper appearance in your face for longer.
On top of all that, this treatment prompts further production of hyaluronic acid and collagen. This means the skin will only improve and rejuvenate more as time passes. It doesn’t just make your skin look better but actually makes it healthier, too!
Because it’s made up of a natural material, it gently breaks down as time passes and is safely absorbed by the tissues in the body.
What Will Happen During the Treatment?
You’ll need to come into our office for a consultation where we can discuss your cosmetic goals and skin concerns and ensure that this treatment is the right way for you to revitalize your skin. We’ll also look at your medical history and answer any questions you might have. If this treatment is right for you, we’ll let you know if you need to take any specific steps prior to your session.
This treatment is performed in our office in Englewood, CO. Sessions generally only last a few minutes, but of course, the exact duration will depend on how many areas are being treated. Some patients choose to tackle multiple areas at once, while others are only looking to treat one specific area.
We’ll use a fine needle to inject the problem areas with the gel and then massage the areas to make sure it’s being distributed and absorbed throughout the skin. Then you’re all done! It’s that simple. For this reason, this treatment can be slotted into even the most hectic schedules.
Is This Treatment Safe?
This treatment is incredibly safe. It has been FDA-approved since 2006, and they’ve also stated that it has no serious side effects. Because HA is already found in the body, it doesn’t come with the risk of causing allergic reactions in patients the way other fillers might, which makes it suitable for a wide range of candidates.
What’s the Difference Between XC and XC Ultra Plus?
You may have noticed that we offer two varieties of Juvederm. XC is more commonly used to address wrinkles and folds around the mouth. XC Ultra Plus is a more powerful formula that can be used to remedy deeper wrinkles and add volume to thin lips. Our expert team will go through them both in more detail with you, and we’ll make an informed decision about what product will best work for your needs.
What’s the Recovery Period Like?
Unlike many surgeries and other cosmetic procedures, there’s little to no downtime needed following this treatment. You can go straight back to your day, and even drive yourself home or to work! This is why many people choose this treatment
Patients are, however, encouraged to avoid strenuous activity and direct sunlight or heat on the treated area for the first 24 hours following treatment. The affected area will be slightly more sensitive to these things during this time. Likewise, alcohol should not be consumed in this window, as it can affect the bloodstream.
How Long Will It Take to See Results?
Amazingly, the results of this treatment are nearly instantaneous. Patients can often immediately see a reduction in wrinkles. Over the next few weeks, the skin will absorb the HA and will settle, culminating in the full effects of the treatment. These results will then last, without you having to do anything more!
What Will the Results Look Like?
This treatment offers incredibly authentic-looking results. The consistency of the gel makes its skin’s fullness look natural and the contouring seamless. The idea is people won’t be able to tell that you’ve had injections if you don’t want them to know, but they’ll definitely notice the gorgeous results!
Because it’s working on the skin from the inside out, it also feels incredibly natural and soft. Patients find that generally there’s no tightness or artificial feeling on the skin’s surface.
How Long Will the Results of Treatment Last?
This treatment offers an outstanding long-term solution to wrinkles. In fact, Juvederm is the longest-lasting FDA-approved filler available. Other cosmetic fillers tend to break down after a few months, but this treatment can generally last between six months and a year.
The exact time frame will depend on what specific product is used and what area of the face has been treated. Over time, the hyaluronic acid filler will dissolve completely and leave the body through natural processes.
Will I Need to Get Ongoing Treatment?
This treatment works best when results are maintained. Obviously, this is completely up to the individual, but most patients are so happy with their results that they continue getting this treatment. Some early studies even indicate that repeated sessions can improve the skin’s form, so the advantages of treatment go beyond just physical maintenance.
When you start to notice results fading, you’re welcome to come back in for another session. Some patients will even opt to have a mini treatment session in between regular appointments. Many patients appreciate that they can alter their treatments as needed, whether that means targeting new problem areas or adjusting the amount of filler used.
Why Do People Seek Out This Treatment?
Aging can be incredibly confronting, and some people find that as their skin starts to wrinkle and sag, they no longer recognize the person looking back at them in the mirror. This treatment allows patients to stop the clock and take back control of their skin.
For patients whose skin makes them look older than they are, it can offer a great way to make them feel more themselves. It can lead to confidence, and you can feel free no longer worrying about how you look when you’re talking and laughing.
Why Should I Consider Juvederm As Opposed to Other Treatments?
This treatment is incredibly popular with both patients and plastic surgeons for a number of reasons. Many cosmetic treatments break down after a couple of months, but Juvederm is one of the longest-lasting treatments on the market. Fewer sessions mean you’re spending less money and time on treatment, which is obviously a huge plus for many people.
Sometimes, alternative treatments like Botox don’t produce the same results. It will ultimately depend on your skin goals and the way your body responds to treatment. If you are considering other fillers, this treatment can safely be combined with some of them. We will be able to talk through how this could work at your consultation.
Am I a Good Candidate for Treatment?
If you’re trying to achieve a more youthful, natural look, then this treatment may be right for you. Commonly, candidates are looking to soften wrinkles, fill out sagging cheeks, or pump up their lips. Since wrinkles can be caused by factors beyond age, and thin lips could be something you were born with, patients don’t always fit into one particular demographic. This treatment is great for men as well as women – after all, wrinkles affect all genders!
Because HA occurs naturally within the body and is very safe, this treatment is suitable for a wide range of candidates. Although we’ll review your medical history, patients generally don’t need to worry too much about things like allergies.
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may not be eligible for treatment. We’ll be happy to talk through alternatives or plan treatments for the future during a consultation.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you’re in Englewood, CO, and are looking to soften out your wrinkles and achieve gorgeous, supple features, then Juvederm may be right for you. Contact Murphy Plastic Surgery today and schedule a consultation, and get ready to revitalize your face.