Have you noticed your cheeks are changing in appearance as you age? Have they hollowed over the years? Do they lack the definition they had in your youth? Do you find yourself noticing a loss of volume around the cheekbone? If so, Juvederm Voluma XC at La Reve Skincare & Laser Center in Fort Worth, TX may help you restore your youthful aesthetic. Here is what you need to know about this safe, effective, durable injectable.
What Is Juvederm?
Juvederm is a brand of dermal fillers manufactured by the makers of Botox, Allergan. Although both are trusted brands, Botox is not a dermal filler; it is a neuromodulator. Dermal fillers work a little differently than neuromodulators but they both treat certain types of cosmetic concerns effectively.
How Long Do the Results of Voluma Last?
Each dermal filler formula is unique. Voluma is different from all of the other hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers because the gel is thicker and the molecular weight of the hyaluronic acid is greater than the molecular weight of other dermal fillers. One of the things that makes Juvederm such a trusted name in the cosmetic industry is each filler is designed specifically to be particularly effective in a different facial region.
This gel is so thick because the cheeks experience such a significant loss of volume as you age. This thick gel comprising such a large, heavy acid allows you to enjoy dramatic results for two years when administered by a qualified professional into the deepest layers of your cheeks. Additionally, your ideal results fade slowly after two years. For continuous results, we recommend coming in every 24 months for a short touch-up session.
What Concerns Does This Injectable Treat?
A Significant Volume Loss in the Apple of the Cheek
The apple of the cheek is made up of the front and upper portions of the cheek. This region of the face becomes more round when you smile. When the apple of the cheek is plump, health, youth and friendliness come across. However, the apple of the cheek becomes less plump with age due to a significant loss of collagen.
Since the skin in this area is so thick, a thick filler administered into the foundational layer of the skin is required to correct the cosmetic concern. This filler is perfect for achieving incredible volumization that lasts for years.
A Lack of Definition Along the Cheek Line
Also known as the apex, the cheek line marks the upper contours of the cheeks. While the apple of your cheek has very thick skin, the skin above the cheek line is very thin. When this thin skin loses too much volume, the appearance of baggy under eyes occurs.
An incredible amount of skill is required to add definition along the cheek line because a great deal of finesse is required to provide significant volume to the apple of the cheek while subtly enhancing the contours of the apex of the cheek.
A Significant Volume Loss in the Hollow of Your Cheeks
The hollow of your cheeks is the area of the cheeks that becomes gaunt when you suck in your cheeks. It is common to see the formation of a small dimple when your cheeks are sucked in. As we age, the hollows of our cheeks lose a lot of volume and the skin in the area becomes much thinner.
This can make your skin look like it is sagging. Additionally, it can make you look like you have lost a significant amount of weight due to a serious illness. Furthermore, some people look tired constantly when too much volume is lost in the hollow of their cheeks. Regardless of the manifestation of volume loss in the hollow of your cheeks, this injectable can help you.
Frequently Asked Questions About Juvederm Answered
How Does Juvederm Differ From Botox?
As noted above, Juvederm is a dermal filler and Botox is a neuromodulator, also known as a neurotoxin. A neurotoxin relaxes dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles that are caused by overactive muscles. Neuromodulators smooth dynamic wrinkles away by impeding the communication between electrical impulses sent from your brain and nerve endings in your muscles.
On the other hand, dermal filler static wrinkles. Static wrinkles are wrinkles caused by a loss of collagen and other volumizing substances. Thanks to the incredible power of the polysaccharide (hyaluronic acid) present in each Juvederm formula, a significant increase in localized volume is achieved. In fact, hyaluronic acid is so powerful that it can attract and bind to 1,000 times its molecular weight in water molecules.
Which Injection Is Ideal?
Both neuromodulators and dermal fillers are ideal for different situations. If you have a strong immune system, Botox may be metabolized so quickly you need several treatments annually. Over time, Botox may lose its efficacy if your immune system recognizes the proteins that make up the neurotoxin and mount defenses against it. Additionally, it is important to note that neuromodulators are ideal in cases of severe muscle hyperactivity.
Dermal fillers are ideal for aesthetic concerns related to the cheeks because such problems are never caused by repetitive muscle contractions. Rather, the appearance of your cheeks becomes less than ideal over time because of volume loss. That is where dermal fillers shine. During your initial consultation, we will assess your areas of concern to determine what is causing the problems you have. You may find both injectables are necessary to achieve ideal results.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharide that occurs in the human body naturally. To summarize succinctly, it is a small chain of sugar molecules. This chain of sugar attracts water and helps to keep your skin moist. While it is found primarily in the skin, it also plays important role in your joints. Due to its ability to attract and bind to water, it keeps your joints well-lubricated, healthy, and free from pain.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is crucial for a body that functions properly. Thanks to its incredible ability to bind to water, it helps your skin remain volumized. Unfortunately, one of the natural effects of the aging process is your skin metabolizes HA at a greater rate than it produces the substance. This change starts around the age of 30 and only gets worse over the years. One of this change’s results is volume loss in the areas of HA loss.
When Can I Expect to See the Results of My Treatment?
You can expect to see the initial results of your Juvederm injections as soon as your treatment is complete. You can expect such rapid results because the polysaccharide attracts water as soon as it is administered. However, it is important to have realistic expectations about the results of your treatment.
You shouldn’t expect to see the final results of your HA injections for one to two weeks. It takes a week or two for the final results to become apparent because the HA does not settle into its appropriate resting place right away.
How Many Sessions Will I Need to Achieve My Ideal Results?
Most people only need one treatment session to improve the appearance of their cheeks fully. This holds true across all Juvederm products. Depending on the dosage you need to achieve your desired appearance, your non-invasive cheek augmentation treatment can take anywhere from 25 to 60 minutes.
Remember, we will discuss all of your concerns during your initial consultation. We may need to administer several products into several areas of your face to help you achieve your desired look. If you need to treat multiple areas of concern, we will advise you on how long you should expect your treatment session to take.
How Long Does it Take to Recover From This Treatment?
Although it can take seven to 14 days for the dermal filler to settle into its ideal position, you shouldn’t expect a two-week recovery period. Rather, you are free to return to most of your daily routine as soon as your treatment session is over. Unlike invasive cosmetic treatments, there is no need to take time off from work to heal. If you can’t afford to miss several weeks of work, Juvederm is the perfect solution for your cosmetic woes.
Will This Treatment Hurt?
You should not expect to feel any pain or discomfort during this treatment. The Juvederm formulas we offer end with “XC.” This indicates the presence of an injectable anesthetic called lidocaine in the formula. Lidocaine starts working in seconds so you will only feel a slight pressure as the first dose of filler is administered deep beneath your dermis. After that, the treatment area will be numb and you won’t feel anything at all.
Lidocaine is great because it lasts long enough that your treatment area will be numb throughout the entire session. However, it is safe to drive after receiving this anesthetic. Since it works so fast, you won’t have to spend 15 to 60 minutes waiting for the treatment area to be numbed by a topical anesthetic. You should expect to remain comfortable throughout the injection process and be able to move your face freely by the time you return to work.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
We can’t know for sure if you are a good candidate for this treatment until you come in for an initial evaluation. If you are at least 21 years of age and have significant volume loss in your cheeks, there is a very good chance you are a good candidate for this injectable. On the other hand, if you are concerned about the appearance of your cheeks and you are not yet 21, you should wait to receive this injectable until you are at least 21.
Most people who seek this treatment are at least 35 years of age because your skin doesn’t usually start metabolizing hyaluronic acid faster than it is produced until you reach 30 years old. However, sun exposure, smoking and other factors can lead to premature skin aging.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
If you would like to enhance the appearance of your cheeks, Juvederm Voluma XC may be right for you. The results of this thick formula can last years and provide good results for months after that. Schedule your initial consultation with Le Reve Skincare & Laser Center in Fort Worth, TX today to find out if you are a good candidate for this incredible rejuvenating treatment. We welcome the opportunity to help you achieve your desired aesthetic.