As we age, it can feel like we watch our skin develop new lines and wrinkles every day. When you look in the mirror, do you feel happy with your skin’s appearance, or are you discouraged by signs of aging that seem to develop overnight? Do you want a simple, long-lasting treatment that can restore volume, fade lines and wrinkles, and address skin laxity? If so, Juvederm could be the treatment option you’ve been waiting for! At Dr. Bruce Kadz in Beverly Hills, CA, we’re proud to offer this top-quality dermal filler alongside our other restorative services.
What Is Juvederm?
Juvederm is the umbrella name for a large family of dermal fillers. Each filler is created to address a different concern, but all of them have the same skin-nourishing hyaluronic acid base. Hyaluronic acid is a natural sugar produced by our bodies. It lifts and hydrates the skin and can be safely used to treat signs of aging in most patients thanks to its natural, body-friendly origins.
Once injected, this filler helps temporarily erase signs of aging. It can last six months to two years in total and safely dissolves into the body. For most patients, the treatment process is straightforward. It requires little preparation and zero downtime.
Each product includes a small dose of lidocaine to keep you comfortable during injections and minimize discomfort during the immediate healing process. Results are visible as soon as your appointment is complete and can be enhanced with touch-up injections or combinations of other anti-aging treatments.
What Are the Advantages of Treatment?
This dermal filler is one of the best ways to achieve smoother, younger-looking skin. It is considered safe and effective for the majority of patients. Unlike other anti-aging options, it does not require any downtime, allowing you to create your ideal image without putting your life on hold.
The treatment process itself is pain-free for most patients. Results can last up to two years, giving you plenty of time to enjoy your vibrant new skin. Most of our patients are so happy with their new appearance that they commit to a personalized treatment plan to help them maintain their results!
What Are the Different Types Available?
At our professional office, we offer several Juvederm products to help you address your specific concerns. One of our doctors will recommend the best product or combination of products for you during an initial consultation.
This product is designed to address mild to moderate facial lines, wrinkles, and folds. It is most often used in the skin around the nose, mouth, and chin. However, it can also treat lines and wrinkles around the brows and forehead in some patients. In addition, it can be used to successfully boost volume in the lips and create a fuller appearance with a smooth, natural texture.
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The main advantage of this product is its thicker formula, which allows our doctors to target more severe wrinkles and folds. This filler is often used to treat nasolabial folds. These folds develop in the thicker tissue between the nose and mouth and are notoriously difficult to erase. However, this filler can help lift and volumize the skin to create a smooth appearance and minimize nasolabial folds with one treatment.
This filler was designed with the lower half of the face in mind. It specifically targets lines around the mouth, including smile lines, nasolabial folds, and marionette lines. This product is appropriate for mild to severe wrinkles and folds and has a slightly thicker formula to aid in creating long-lasting volume.
This treatment is used on the lips and can correct a variety of issues caused by the aging process. It can fill lip lines, help restore the natural borders of the lips, build natural volume, and create plump, skin-like texture instantly.
Unlike many fillers, this option dissolves naturally over time and will not create noticeable lumps in the lips. In addition, it carries far fewer risks thanks to the natural origins of the hyaluronic acid.
As we age, our cheeks and midface often begin to lose volume and appear hollow. This product helps correct loss of volume in the midface and can create plumper, younger-looking cheeks to augment your smile.
How Do Results Compare to Botox?
For a long time, Botox was considered the most effective treatment to correct signs of aging. However, while it is can smooth away wrinkles, Botox is designed to address dynamic wrinkles, which appear with facial movement, while Juvederm was created to erase static wrinkles, which appear largely the same in spite of facial movement.
Botox temporarily blocks nerve signals to your facial muscles, preventing dynamic wrinkles from appearing while you make all of your normal expressions. However, it can take three to seven days to take effect and lasts only three to four months on average.
If you experience both dynamic and static wrinkles, you could benefit from a combination of these two treatments. However, most early signs of aging appear as static wrinkles and can be more quickly and effectively addressed with this line of dermal fillers.
How Do Results Compare to a Facelift?
The facelift surgery is the most long-lasting solution for moderate to severe signs of aging in the face, lasting 10-15 years for most patients. However, it comes with a variety of risks associated with major surgery, requires significant preparation and downtime, and costs more than any other anti-aging treatment.
Many patients are not eligible for surgery due to medical conditions or other factors. In addition, a facelift surgery performed by an inexperienced surgeon can cause permanent damage. So while a facelift can be a good choice for some patients, it is often not cost-effective and cannot permanently treat signs of aging due to the natural progression of the aging process. Many patients find that the long-lasting results of this dermal filler and its low-risk, non-invasive nature make it the better option for their health and lifestyle.
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
If you are a man or woman over the age of 21 and desire to see signs of aging diminished, you could be an ideal candidate for this treatment. In general, candidates should be healthy and should not have any allergies to the formula ingredients. In addition, they should not have any bleeding disorder which could interact negatively with treatment.
They should also be free of any active skin infection or irritation at the time of their appointment. Some patients with severe skin laxity may not be an ideal candidate for treatment. Finally, candidates should have realistic expectations about their results.
If you are interested in this treatment but are unsure about your candidacy, one of our doctors will be happy to you answer any questions you may have during an initial consultation.
What Can I Expect?
Here is a brief overview of what you can expect from a dermal filler treatment at our office:
To begin, you will meet with one of our doctors to discuss your candidacy for this treatment. This initial consultation is important because it allows your doctor to examine your skin in-person, review your medical history, and ask you questions to determine your desired results.
It also allows you to ask any questions you may have about what you can expect from this treatment in your unique situation. Once you are approved for treatment, your doctor will suggest an appropriate treatment plan to help you achieve your ideal image, and you can begin preparing for your first treatment.
To prepare for your appointment, we recommend that you avoid blood-thinning medications, alcohol, and some herbal supplements for at least two days before your appointment. This helps reduce your risk of bleeding or bruising after injections. In addition, you should limit your time in the sun and avoid sunburn or tanning, which could cause skin irritation and make treatment more uncomfortable. Your doctor may give you additional instructions to follow to ensure that you see the best results possible.
On the day of your appointment, you should avoid wearing makeup in the target areas. Your doctor will clean your skin and may apply a numbing cream. However, most patients find that the lidocaine in the dermal filler minimizes any discomfort during treatment. Your doctor will then use a fine needle to inject the product into the target areas. They can see the results of each injection and are able to build symmetrical, attractive volume instantly.
You will be able to look in a mirror after your doctor is finished and see the immediate results of your treatment. In general, you can expect your skin to appear smoother. Any lines or wrinkles should be noticeably minimized or erased, and loose skin should be tightened and lifted. If your cheeks or lips were treated, you should especially notice the volumizing power of this dermal filler in these areas.
For most patients, there is almost no recovery time. You may notice that your skin is more sensitive than normal for 24-48 hours. You should continue to avoid blood-thinning medications and alcohol until your doctor gives your permission to begin taking them again. You should also try to limit your sun exposure as your skin heals. In general, most patients see their skin return to normal within one to three days of treatment, allowing them to enjoy their final results.
Your final results should include more youthful-looking skin and a distinct, vibrant glow thanks to the hyaluronic acid. With your new results, you can expect to feel your confidence levels boosted and spend less time worrying about your signs of aging. Your results can last between six months to two years, but this will depend largely on how well you care for your skin after the treatment.
In particular, harmful sun exposure can accelerate the aging process and undo your results more quickly. It’s essential to wear sunscreen whenever you are outdoors and limit your time in the sun as much as possible.
Due to the natural progression of the aging process, your results will begin to fade. At this point, most patients opt to continue treatments with a personalized maintenance plan. This allows them to build on the success of their first treatment, prevent signs of aging from developing further, and keep their ideal image intact.
Contact Us to Learn More!
Don’t let signs of aging distract you from the more important things in life. Let Juvederm effortlessly erase signs of aging and rejuvenate your skin from the inside-out. If you have any questions about this line of products, our dedicated staff is prepared to assist you! To learn more about this dermal filler and what it can do for you, contact our team of experts at Dr. Bruce Kadz in Beverly Hills, CA, to schedule an initial consultation today! We look forward to helping you reach your anti-aging goals!