Trends in anti-aging treatments come and go, but one family of treatments is withstanding the test of time by producing effective, reliable, and proven results. So, what is it about Juvederm that is so extraordinary among countless anti-aging cosmetic treatments? To put it simply, these treatments add volume to your skin and take years off your appearance. At Nunnally Dermatology in Baton Rouge, LA we are proud to specialize in Juvederm, the world’s most reliable dermal filler.
How Does Juvederm Add Volume to Your Skin?
This treatment is a skin-plumping dermal filler that adds volume to your skin to smooth the appearance of wrinkles, reduce fine lines, and overall rejuvenate your appearance. But how does it work? All products within this filler family include the main active ingredient of hyaluronic acid, which is hailed as being the current gold standard in many cosmetic products, including those you can buy over the counter.
This treatment works by injecting a rich, gel-like serum of hyaluronic acid directly into the surface of your skin to start the age-defying and age-reversing process. This treatment can be used on virtually every area of the face, including:
- Under eyes
- Nasolabial lines
- Smile or laugh lines
- Expression lines
- Verticle lip lines
- Downturned lip corners
- Chin lines
What Does Hyaluronic Acid Do?
It’s no coincidence that you’ve probably seen a lot of over-the-counter products that include hyaluronic acid as an active ingredient – this is one acid that lives up to all its promises. Hyaluronic acid is produced naturally in the body as a skin-supporting component that helps retain moisture within the skin, which keeps skin cells healthy. However, as a result of aging, production of hyaluronic acid slows over time, leading to skin that is more prone to dryness and thinness, and eventually, wrinkles.
But hyaluronic acid isn’t only about keeping the skin moist and plump. Some studies suggest that hyaluronic acid essentially functions as food for collagen, meaning the rate of natural collagen production accelerates when introduced to renewed levels of hyaluronic acid.
Why This Treatment Works
This family of products takes a reverse-engineered approach to aging. While other fillers and products are based on restoring collagen, the Juvederm family instead feeds collagen within the skin to produce longer-lasting results. By working with the body’s natural processes, these fillers pack a double-punch of refreshing the skin’s moisture retention and also boosting the production of collagen to increase skin support and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
What Are Your Treatment Options?
At our clinic, we offer two of the latest products in this family of fillers. We proudly offer these options as they are the most diverse within this line of treatments and are compatible with the needs of most patients. The two options include:
Ultra is the premier dermal filler in this line and has the most diverse applications. Ideal for mild-to-moderate skin laxity and wrinkles, Ultra can be used on every area of the face, including the lips for non-surgical lip augmentation. Ultra has a malleable consistency that settles evenly beneath the skin and instantly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Ultra Plus is a more concentrated grade of the Ultra formula, with a thicker texture that can more easily treat moderate-to-severe wrinkles. In fact, Ultra Plus is recommended for deep wrinkles on the face that might not be reduced by other treatments. Ultra Plus is a good option for patients who have more difficult wrinkles and more pronounced skin laxity.
Which Treatment Should You Choose?
Choosing the right treatment is essential to reaching your aesthetic goals. However, knowing the right treatment for you depends on your exact goals, the needs of your skin, and the areas you wish to treat. During your consultation, we will help you decide which treatment is right for your unique needs.
Why Should You Care About Skin Volume?
Skin volume is the single-most visible indicator of aging. As we age, the production of skin-supporting proteins in the skin, particularly collagen and elastin, slow to a crawl, which usually results in increased skin laxity, skin dryness, and skin thinness. When the skin lacks volume, it can more easily form wrinkles that age you. If you want to look and feel younger, then caring about your skin volume should be your number one priority.
What Are the Benefits of This Treatment?
Aside from restoring volume to your skin, the products in this treatment line of several benefits, such as being highly versatile and able to treat multiple areas of the face at once. Other benefits of these treatments include:
These fillers are first and foremost anti-aging treatments that rejuvenate, plump and restore skin for a more youthful appearance. When performed by a skilled hand, these injections can lift years off your overall appearance and give your skin a healthy glow.
While we might want to use cosmetic treatments to restore our appearances, that doesn’t mean we want these treatments to be obvious. One of the more attractive benefits of this treatment is the fact that it produces natural-looking results. In practical terms, this means that these dermal fillers settle naturally beneath the skin surface, as well as results beginning and tapering off gradually.
These are non-surgical, minimally-invasive treatments, which means they are excellent alternatives to painful surgeries that have drawn-out recovery processes. As a non-surgical treatment, there is no need for risky anesthesia and there is a significantly low risk of side effects as a result of treatment. Non-surgical treatments are ideal for most patients.
The recovery time associated with this treatment is virtually zero because of it’s non-surgical nature. Although you will have some restrictions, such as directives to avoid direct sunlight and excess heat while you are healing, the overall recovery time is usually one to three days. In fact, most patients return back to work within 24 hours or less, depending on the details of their treatment.
Dermal fillers are desirable treatments because they are highly customizable – all the power to choose what to enhance and restore rests in the patient’s hands. We work closely with you to understand your aesthetic goals and your expectations for treatment so you can love the way you look.
These treatments produce long-lasting results. On average, patients who use Ultra can expect to enjoy results from treatment for at least a year. This means these dermal fillers have some of the longest-lasting results out of all cosmetic fillers currently on the market.
While these treatments might last for a long time, they also have the benefit of being entirely reversible. This is because the hyaluronic acid included in the filler is totally biodegradable, meaning it will eventually be absorbed and metabolized by the body over time.
Can You Combine This Treatment?
Yes! Like other dermal fillers, this treatment can be easily combined with other cosmetic treatments. The key to combining multiple cosmetic treatments is to understand what each treatment does. For example, if this treatment restores volume to the skin, then you don’t need to use another dermal filler that performs the same task. Some treatments commonly combined with this one include:
Botox is the most famous neurotoxin injectable in the world. As a neurotoxin, Botox relaxes the muscles in the face, which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Botox is typically used on the upper face, particularly the forehead and the area between the eyebrows.
Photorejuvenation, or IPL, is a treatment that uses the power of light to restore the appearance of skin. This type of treatment is useful for addressing superficial skin concerns such as dark spots, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, acne, and scarring.
Chemical peels are one of the oldest cosmetic treatments in the world and can be used to address a variety of appearance-related concerns, including uneven skin tone, uneven skin texture, dryness and roughness, acne, scarring, dark spots, and much more.
Please inform us during your consultation if you are interested in combining cosmetic treatments so we can work together to build a treatment plan that will achieve all of your aesthetic goals.
What Can You Expect Before, During, and After Treatment?
You will need to attend an initial consultation that will allow us to examine the areas you wish to treat, talk about expectations for treatment, and outline your appearance-related goals. The consultation may also include gathering your general medical history, previous cosmetic treatments you have had, and any drug allergies you have.
Before your appointment, we will give you pre-treatment instructions to follow to help you prepare for treatment. You should follow these instructions for at least two to four days before treatment. Some pre-treatment instructions will include:
- Avoid certain medications and supplements
- Do not drink alcohol
- Drink at least 48 oz of water
- Arrive at the appointment without makeup
Your treatment appointment will take between 30 to 60 minutes to complete. Your treatment will consist of several small injections made to targeted areas of treatment to produce optimal results. Because these fillers include lidocaine in the serum, your treatment will be a simple and painless one-step process.
After your appointment, we will give you post-treatment instructions to guide you through your recovery period and obtain optimal results. Some post-treatment instructions will include:
- Avoid direct sunlight, excess heat and sweating
- Do not rub or scrub face
- Do not drink alcohol
- Drink at least 48 oz of water
During your recovery time, it is important that you follow the post-treatment instructions that are given to you. Overall, your recovery should be complete within 24 to 72 hours, which is when the filler is finished settling into your skin. Most patients return to normal daily activities within a day of treatment, including work and errands.
Results for this treatment will develop over the first one to three days after your treatment and gradually become better over time. Initial results for this treatment include improvement of visible skin volume and final results for this treatment typically appear within two to four weeks after treatment.
How Long Do Results Last?
The results for both Ultra and Ultra Plus are intended to last for a year at a time, which means you will need to repeat treatments annually if you wish to continue seeing results. Most patients have regularly scheduled treatments at least once a year to maintain desired results.
Is This Treatment Right for You?
You may be a good candidate for treatment if you would like to restore a more youthful appearance to your skin, increase skin volume, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and enjoy natural-looking, long-lasting results. We will determine your eligibility for treatment during your consultation.
Rejuvenate With Juvederm Today!
It’s time to restore your skin volume to its former glory. If you think the key to recapturing your youth is with Juvederm dermal fillers, please contact Nunnally Dermatology in Baton Rouge, LA to schedule your first appointment today!