Do you feel like lines and wrinkles are overshadowing your smile? Are you unsatisfied with the appearance of aging skin? Do you want to achieve smoother, more youthful skin without invasive surgery? If so, Juvederm injections could be the treatment option you’ve been waiting for! This transformative line of dermal fillers can lift and fill the skin to erase lines and wrinkles, giving you instant, long-lasting results with zero downtime required. At Athena Plastic Surgery in Stuart and Palm Beach Gardens, FL, we’re excited to offer our patients the option to rejuvenate their skin with this top-quality product.
What Is Juvederm?
The Juvederm injections family of dermal filler products was designed to give patients a quick, non-invasive way to restore their skin and temporarily erase signs of aging. These hyaluronic acid-based fillers are FDA approved and use cross-linking technology to offer some of the longest-lasting results achievable today. The filler’s gel formula creates a soft, malleable texture that is virtually indiscernible from the rest of your skin. After your first appointment, your treated skin will appear completely natural and no one will be able to tell that you had a treatment performed, although they will notice your results!
Over time, the hyaluronic acid filler will absorb into the body and the aging process will continue. If desired, follow-up treatments can be pursued to maintain your ideal image and keep signs of aging at bay. Thanks to its natural base, this filler is considered to be safe and effective for almost every patient. Treatments are quick and painless and your recovery period requires zero downtime, allowing you to continue living life to the fullest while looking and feeling your best.
How Can Hyaluronic Acid Improve My Skin?
Hyaluronic acid is a sugar naturally produced by your body to act as a hydrating, cushioning agent. As you age, your body’s production of hyaluronic acid–along with other essential anti-aging factors like collagen and elastin proteins–begins to decline. This causes your skin to begin developing signs of aging like lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity in various areas of the face. When used as a volumizing filler, hyaluronic acid can provide your skin with a subtle, hydrating boost to smooth away signs of aging and increase the general health and glow of your skin.
Juvederm fillers use cross-linked hyaluronic acid to maximize the lift and longevity this treatment can achieve. Once injected, these fillers can help improve the overall appearance of your skin while minimizing signs of aging by absorbing and retaining moisture to keep your skin hydrated and refreshed. As time progresses, the filler will begin to safely dissolve into your skin. Your results will begin to fade, but the vast majority of patients can pursue continuing treatment for as long as they desire thanks to this product’s body-friendly nature.
Which Concerns Can Be Addressed?
With a diverse range of fillers available, this product can correct some of the most common signs of aging with one simple treatment. Our experienced professionals will recommend the best combination of fillers to meet your needs. Here are some of the aging concerns you can correct with this treatment:
This common sign of aging can begin to develop as early as your mid to late-20s. It affects the thicker skin between your nose and mouth and is not easily treated with most traditional filler options. This line of dermal fillers offers several thicker formulas designed to fill even the most severe folds, lifting and smoothing the skin to achieve a more youthful appearance.
Smoker’s lines develop in the skin around your lips. While they are usually fine, thin lines, they can become more noticeable as you continue to age. We can effectively erase these lines with a dermal filler injection, which temporarily minimizes these signs of aging while enhancing the appearance of your lips.
These lines develop around the corners of the mouth and are often noticeable even when you are not smiling. Strategic dermal filler injections can re-volumize the area around the mouth and fill parentheses lines to give you a more youthful and genuine smile.
Marionette lines run from the outer corners of the mouth to the corners of the chin and can be difficult to conceal. When severe, they can create a downturned appearance in your mouth and make you look less happy than you feel. A filler can instantly fill these lines and create a smooth appearance in the skin on your chin.
Smile lines can develop along with parentheses and nasolabial folds. These lines are typically smaller, but they can still impact the way you feel about your smile. We can easily erase these smile lines with a filler injection, which effortlessly plumps the surrounding skin and smooths away signs of aging.
Mild to moderate loose skin may be able to be addressed with one of our available dermal fillers. Sagging skin is usually caused by a lack of collagen framework, but it can be temporarily improved with a dermal filler injection. This treatment literally fills loose skin and tightens it to create a firmer, more lifted texture.
Loss of Volume
During the aging process, you may notice that some areas of your face appear more hollow than others. These areas can include the cheeks and midface, which begin to lose volume as you grow older. A dermal filler can help fill the midface and create round, full cheeks to give you a younger-looking appearance.
What Happens After I Get Injections?
This treatment provides instant, noticeable results, so you can look forward to enjoying your new look as soon as you leave our office. The recovery process may vary for each patient, but it is generally straightforward and requires no downtime. During the first 48 hours, the dermal filler will begin to settle into place. It’s important to avoid touching, pressing on, or rubbing the treated areas during this time to avoid disturbing the filler and impacting your results. We recommend waiting 2 weeks after treatment before you begin to touch your skin normally to ensure that you see the best results possible.
How Will My Results Last?
The longevity of your treatment will depend on the fillers used and the concerns treated. Each patient’s experience is unique, but you can expect to see results lasting between six months and two years in total. At the end of this period, you will see your results begin to fade as the fillers dissolve and the achieved volume is lost. You may be able to prolong your results with touch-up treatments, but most patients ultimately choose to commit to a convenient, ongoing treatment plan to maintain their ideal results for years to come.
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
Are you an adult man or woman who wants to address signs of aging in the skin? If so, you could be an ideal candidate for dermal fillers. In general, you should be healthy, free from medical or skin conditions that may interact negatively with the treatment process, and have realistic expectations about this treatment. You may not be an ideal candidate if you have any allergies to the ingredients in the filler formula. In addition, this treatment is not ideal for treating severe skin laxity. We will help you determine your candidacy for this treatment during your initial consultation.
What Should I Expect?
For those considering treatment, here is a general overview of our typical treatment process and the results you may experience:
An initial consultation is required to determine your candidacy for this treatment. During this appointment, we will examine your areas of concern and review your medical history. In addition, they will ask you questions about the results you hope to achieve with treatment.
If dermal fillers are a good treatment option for your unique situation, we will approve you for treatment and recommend the best treatment plan to achieve your desired results. In addition, we will provide instructions on how to prepare for your first treatment session.
One of the best parts of this treatment is that it requires very little preparation for most patients. You should plan to avoid blood-thinning medications and some herbal supplements for approximately a week before your treatment. In addition, you should stop drinking alcohol 48 hours before your appointment.
To keep your skin calm and healthy, we recommend that you do not pursue additional skin treatments for two weeks before or after dermal filler injections to reduce your risk of irritation. You should also try to limit your time in direct sunlight and protect your skin by wearing sunscreen whenever you are outdoors.
To prepare for treatment on the day of your appointment, you should wash your face as usual and avoid applying any skincare products or makeup. We will sterilize your skin before applying a topical numbing agent, which works with the lidocaine in the filler formula to numb the skin and keep you comfortable during the injections. Once you are ready, we will use a fine needle to inject the predetermined Juvederm filler into the target areas. They will be able to build volume with each injection and work to create results that match your ideal image.
A typical appointment takes less than 45 minutes, depending on the areas treated. Once we’re finished, you will be able to admire your results in a mirror. You should notice that the treated skin appears firmer, fuller, and smoother. Signs of aging in the target areas should be noticeably minimized or completely erased. You will be able to return to your normal schedule and activities as soon as your appointment is finished and can look forward to enjoying your new image without any downtime.
A typical recovery lasts less than two weeks as your skin heals and the filler settles into place. You should keep the injection sites clean and avoid touching the target areas until the filler is in its final position. To avoid irritating the skin, do not use any new skincare products or treatments for two weeks and continue to practice good sun protection habits outdoors.
While your final results are visible as soon as your appointment is complete, your fillers will settle into place within two weeks of treatment. This may slightly alter your results, which can be further enhanced with touch-up treatments as needed. In general, you can anticipate six months to two years of younger-looking skin, after which point you will notice your results begin to fade. Most patients choose to pursue a personalized treatment plan to maintain their ideal results.
Contact Us to Learn More!
If you’re ready to let Juvederm injections restore your skin’s youthful beauty, contact our team of professionals at Athena Plastic Surgery in Stuart and Palm Beach Gardens, FL, to schedule an initial consultation today! We look forward to seeing you at one of our two office locations soon!