Would you like to smooth over early signs of aging, restore volume and fullness to certain parts of the face, and do it all with a treatment that offers natural results? Juvederm, an injectable offered by Le Reve Skincare & Laser Center, in Fort Worth, TX, may be just what you’re looking for. This dermal filler offers patients an immediate improvement, with the full results developing in about two weeks.
Patients love this injectable because it instantly boosts their appearance, but they also like the fact that treatments are fast, easy, and long-lasting. Most patients enjoy their results for a year or more.
What Is Juvederm?
This injectable gel can be used to smooth over fine lines, soften folds, and plump up parts of the face that have begun to lose volume. It can even be used to add fullness to the lips or fill in the delicate under-eye area. Another benefit of this injectable is that it spurs collagen production, which helps renew the appearance of the skin over time.
This gel is made of hyaluronic acid, which helps the skin retain moisture and stay hydrated. Once it’s been injected, the hyaluronic acid works from beneath the skin to fill and plump. There are other hyaluronic acid injectables available, but Juvederm offers one of the more concentrated formulas.
How Long Does It Take to Settle?
As soon as it has been injected, the mere presence of Juvederm beneath the skin is enough to smooth, plump, and volumize the face. Those immediate results are a nice form of instant gratification. But it usually takes another two weeks for the patient’s results to fully develop, or settle. During this two-week period, it will be possible for your health care provider to make small adjustments in the results before the gel fully integrates with tissues and sets into a lost-lasting position.
Just about every dermal filler on the market goes through a natural process of settling after being injected. This settling process is what offers patients results that are so long-lasting. When it comes to the amount of time it takes a filler to settle, this injectable is one of the fastest out there. Some other dermal fillers can take months to fully settle.
Are There Other Treatments Like This?
Juvederm is part of a category of cosmetic treatments known as dermal fillers, or soft tissue fillers, which are injected beneath the skin to restore fullness. Dermal fillers differ from botulinum toxin injections like Botox and Dysport, which attack lines and wrinkles by freezing the underlying muscles.
Botulinum toxin injections work on expression lines like crow’s feet and forehead furrows, but they don’t restore volume and contour, and they don’t work on the lines that can develop as a face begins to lose its plumpness.
What Is Treatment Like?
Having this dermal filler injected is amazingly easy. After talking with you to be sure we understand your cosmetic goals, we’ll make a couple of marks on the face that we’ll use as guidelines during treatments. We may also apply a numbing cream to ensure your comfort.
The gel will then be injected, and we’ll gently press on the area around the injection site to ensure the filler is properly positioned. Your entire appointment will take less than an hour, and you’ll be able to reapply makeup immediately and get right back to your regular routine. Looking great has never been so convenient.
Are There Any Post-Treatment Precautions I Should Take?
We usually recommend that patients avoid strenuous exercise for two days and excessive sun exposure for about a week after treatment. It’s also a good idea to refrain from drinking alcohol for the first 24 hours after your injection.
How Long Will My Results Last?
The length of your results will depend in part on where the injection is performed. Injections in places where the face is frequently in action, like the forehead or lip area, tend to wear off more quickly. Injections in the under-eye area often last longer.
Generally speaking, most patients need only one treatment and then enjoy their results for a year or more. When the first injection starts to wear off, a follow-up session can be scheduled.
Can This Be Combined With Other Cosmetic Services?
We often combine this dermal filler with other cosmetic services, such as botulinum toxin injections and laser skin resurfacing, to help patients achieve the results they’ve been looking for.
Is It Safe?
This dermal filler was cleared by the FDA in 2006 and has been safely and effectively used on many people in the years since.
How Can I Best Maintain My Results?
The great thing about this injectable is that it does all the work, even stimulating natural collagen production in the body. But there are a couple of things you can take on your own to keep your skin looking healthy and fresh during the months after treatment.
Drinking plenty of water so that your skin stays hydrated is an important step. So is keeping up an at-home skincare routine that includes cleansing, moisturizing, and exfoliating. Avoid smoking, which can take a toll on the skin over time.
What Benefits Are Associated With This Injectable?
Juvederm is one of the most popular dermal fillers on the market, and there’s a reason why. This convenient, comfortable treatment works all over the face and offers great results. Here are some of the benefits this treatment offers:
Not every patient can commit to the recovery period associated with plastic surgery or another more involved cosmetic treatment. One of the great things about dermal fillers is that they are non-invasive and highly convenient.
The injections themselves are tiny and can be performed fairly quickly, so patients don’t need any downtime and can get immediately back to their day. Some patients even schedule these appointments during their lunch hour.
This injectable contains lidocaine, a pain reliever that ensures your comfort.
Juvederm is actually a full line of fillers, several of which are specially formulated to work in different areas of the face. That means this family of injectables has wide-reaching use.
These treatments can be used to enhance volume in the cheeks, fill in the under-eye area, plump the lips, soften the folds that form on either side of the mouth, ease the appearance of fine lines, and much more.
The hyaluronic acid found in these injections is a naturally occurring substance in the body, and once in place, it spurs the skin to work on its own to develop new collagen over a period of time. These qualities help patients enjoy results that are natural in appearance.
Most patients love the results they get, but if you want to soften your new look, hyaluronic fillers can easily be dialed back. An injection of hyaluronidase by your health care provider can soften, or completely dissolve, your results.
Am I a Candidate?
The good news is just about everyone can take advantage of this versatile, non-allergenic treatment. The best candidates are in good overall health and have skin that’s in great shape. If the skin in your treatment area is infected, inflamed, or sunburned, we may recommend that you postpone your injection.
We also appreciate patients who are realistic about what dermal fillers can accomplish. These fillers can genuinely improve your face and give you a more youthful, refreshed look, but it’s important to understand that a dermal filler can’t make you look like a teenager again!
How Does It Compare to Other Fillers?
Patients have more options than ever when it comes to selecting a dermal filler. Each filler on the market is uniquely formulated to address different cosmetic concerns, and these injectable treatments last varying amounts of time in the body. Compared to some other fillers, the Juvederm family of injectables tends to offer faster results.
This family of injectables is also quite versatile and usually offers a more concentrated version of hyaluronic acid. Our practice also offers Bellafill and Restylane, and we can work with you to determine the best filler for your needs and goals.
Bellafill is a smooth collagen gel in which tiny, polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) beads. Those beads serve as a scaffolding of sorts on which the body’s own collagen can develop.
Bellafill can treat acne scars and is especially effective at addressing deep smile lines. Bellafill is also one of the more long-lasting injectable dermal fillers, with most patients enjoying their results for around five years.
Restylane is similar to Juvederm in that it’s also a hyaluronic acid-based injectable that plumps and hydrates the skin. This dermal filler also offers some instant improvement, that the patient’s full results settle in about two weeks and last roughly a year. Restylane is often used on folds around the nose and to restore volume in the cheeks.
Answering Your Questions
This dermal filler is a widely sought after cosmetic treatment, but patients often have questions about it. Here are some of the questions patients raise most often about this type of treatment:
How Soon Should I Begin Treatment?
The patients who enjoy the best results are often those who begin treatment as soon as the face starts to lose volume. Some patients tell us they want to wait until they really need the treatment, but postponing the process means that this injectable might not be enough on its own to address your concerns.
Any treatment should begin only after a consultation with a qualified medical professional, who can help you determine when to begin injections.
Will It Make Me Look Like I’ve Had Work Done?
A skilled practitioner will be able to perform injections that subtly restore the youthful contours of your face without giving you an overdone look. Friends and family will think you look more relaxed, and younger, but you won’t look like you suddenly went and had work done. If this is a concern, talk with us before your injection and make sure you’re clear about your treatment goals.
Are Dermal Fillers Just for Women?
Not at all. It’s true that women outnumber men when it comes to seeking out these injectables, but we have plenty of male clients. In an era when more of us are seeing photos of ourselves on social media, everyone is looking for a way to improve their appearance!
Get Started Today
Are you ready to turn back the clock with the help of a dermal filler? Does the idea of an easy, injectable treatment capable of offering full results in just a couple of weeks time sound appealing? Call Le Reve Skincare & Laser Center, in Fort Worth, TX, and schedule a Juvederm consultation today.