It’s true what people say – you won’t look 25 forever, mostly because the natural aging process slowly depletes the plush, supple texture of the skin. After a certain point, the natural aging process reduces facial volume significantly, which can give people hollow or lax areas of the face. Fortunately, the experts at Finesse Cosmetic Laser and Lipo in Waltham, MA know that restoring facial volume is as simple as using the right dermal filler treatment, such as Juvederm Voluma.
How Quickly Does Voluma Work?
Voluma, like many other dermal fillers, works quickly. In fact, most patients will be able to see a significant improvement to their facial volume on the same day as the treatment. Most of the time, the initial results for a volumizer like this one will include reducing the appearance of fine lines, improving skin laxity, and softening the face to restore a youthful visage. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that initial results will be temporary.
The reason initial results are temporary is that dermal fillers contain ultra-moisturizing ingredients that instantly add water to the sub-dermal layers of the skin. However, as these ingredients are absorbed, the initial results of your treatment will also deplete until collagen production within the skin kicks up and your final results appear. Most of the time, patients can expect to see the full results of their treatment within 14 days of a treatment appointment.
What Is a Good Treatment Frequency?
In general, you can have dermal filler treatments as often as you need or want to in order to maintain your aesthetic goals. For a filler like Voluma, this means having treatments every 18 to 24 months based on how long your results last. Most patients can anticipate results that last for about two years, so your ideal treatment frequency will be once every 24 months.
That said, some patients can enjoy the results of this treatment for varying lengths of time. Younger patients, for example, may be able to enjoy results that last for longer than 24 months since their appearance concerns are mild and only require mild correction. Mature patients, however, may require treatment more frequently to maintain results, particularly if their appearance-related concerns are moderate or severe.
How Do Dermal Filler Treatments Work?
Dermal fillers are minimally invasive treatments that are performed by a skilled aesthetician who uses a thin needle to inject fillers into the sub-dermal layers of the skin to increase skin volume. Once inside your skin, the active ingredients in the dermal filler formula will stimulate the production of collagen to restore skin structure and reduce age-related volume loss.
Dermal fillers are used to correct volume-related aging concerns, including fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, hollowness in the face, bony cheekbones and jawlines, and narrow chins. Fillers like Voluma can also be used for contouring the face, such as enhancing the shape of the cheekbones or altering the shape of the nose tip or bridge. The reason this treatment is so versatile is because of the main active ingredient, hyaluronic acid, which enhances collagen production to rejuvenate your appearance.
Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen Production
Hyaluronic acid is one of the most common ingredients in dermal fillers, including Juvederm Voluma. Recently, many beauty products contain hyaluronic acid, such as serums and night creams. These products are designed to plump the skin, minimize visible signs of aging, and increase moisture retention in the skin, all of which can help you look younger. Found naturally in the skin, hyaluronic acid is responsible for both moisture retention and supporting other molecules in the skin, particularly collagen.
Many dermatology studies have shown the relationship between collagen production and hyaluronic acid, suggesting that hyaluronic acid is essential “food” for collagen. When hyaluronic acid formulas are injected into the sub-dermal layers of the skin, collagen production increases and will continue to be high for several months after hyaluronic acid is metabolized by the body.
What Will Your Treatment Be Like?
The first step of your treatment will be a consultation appointment where we will get to know your skin concerns and your appearance-related goals. In particular, the consultation will go over the aspects of your appearance related to your aging concerns, such as fine lines and wrinkles. Part of the consultation will include asking about your skincare habits, products, and any medications or supplements you are taking.
You should expect dermal filler treatment appointments to last about 20 to 30 minutes. Based on your preferences, your appointment may involve applying a topical numbing cream for your comfort. Many patients also opt to take an OTC pain reliever like Tylenol before their appointment to ensure comfort during the treatment.
Because dermal filler treatments are minimally-invasive half-hour treatments, there isn’t much you will need to do before your appointment. However, we may provide you with a list of Dos and Don’ts so you can ensure you get the best possible results from your treatment.
For instance, you should stop taking blood-thinning medications and supplements about three to five days before your appointment. You may also want to start using Arnica supplements about one to three days before your appointment to help your skin recover more quickly from the treatment.
There are only a few things you will need to do after your appointment to ensure you get the best results. For one thing, your post-treatment directions will include how you should care for your skin, such as washing with gentle cleansers and tepid water. Your post-treatment instructions will also direct you to avoid excessive heat and sweating.
It’s also important that you avoid direct sunlight since UV rays may disrupt the effectiveness of your filler treatment. After your appointment, you must be careful to not touch your face, which means no rubbing, massaging, scrubbing, rolling, or pinching the skin. You will also need to avoid using harsh chemicals on your skin for at least five to seven days, which includes skincare products like Retinol.
What About Other Juvederm Fillers?
Voluma can reverse the signs of aging, like skin laxity and mid-face hollowness, but there are other dermal fillers in the Juvederm collection you may want to consider. Mixing and matching Juvederm fillers can help you achieve all of your appearance-related goals because each filler is designed for a specific purpose. Some fillers to consider from the Juvederm collection include:
Juvederm Ultra XC
Juvederm Ultra is a better version of the original Juvederm filler from 2006. Juvederm Ultra has a thick texture that settles densely in the skin, which is why this filler is most useful for restoring volume for deep and dynamic wrinkles around the nose, mouth, and chin. This filler is also used for contouring the lips and cheeks.
Juvederm Vollure XC
Juvederm Vollure is one of the more flexible options in the collection since it can be used on all areas of the face to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. This filler can be used to smooth nasolabial folds, crow’s feet, laugh lines, and hollowness on the face, such as beneath the eyes. Juvederm Vollure is a good option for patients who have mild to moderate appearance concerns.
Juvederm Volbella XC
Juvederm Volbella XC is a filler that has been designed specifically for the mouth to treat thinning lips, lipstick lines, smile lines, and weak vermillion borders. This thin, silky dermal filler is ideal for both restoration and contouring, particularly for those who are looking for natural-looking results for the lips.
For many people, the best way to get comprehensive anti-aging results can be by mixing and matching fillers from the same collection. You can use one filler to treat cheek hollowness, while another can be used to correct deep wrinkles and fine lines. Mixing and matching fillers can be particularly useful for contouring purposes since using the right combination of dermal fillers can augment your appearance or achieve a liquid facelift.
How Much Filler Is Necessary?
Dermal fillers are measured in syringes and the number of syringes required for your treatment will depend on your treatment goals and your skin condition. For Juvederm Voluma, usually a single syringe for each side of the face is an adequate amount of filler for moderate to severe concerns. If you are using multiple fillers, then you may require a different number of syringes to achieve your goals. We will decide how much filler is necessary to help you achieve all of your appearance goals.
Do Dermal Fillers Hurt?
No, dermal fillers are not painful treatments. All Juvederm fillers are formulated with lidocaine, a local numbing ingredient, that makes the injections painless. The lidocaine in Juvederm fillers will remain active several hours after the treatment, so most patients will feel no discomfort even after their treatment is finished.
What About Allergies?
In general, most people don’t need to worry about having an allergic reaction to dermal fillers. However, if this is your first time using a Juvederm dermal filler or you don’t know about your potential allergies, you may need to complete a short allergy test before your treatment.
Because hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring ingredient, the vast majority of people will have no trouble with this filler. However, it is a common practice to perform allergy tests to ensure that patients are not allergic to active or inactive ingredients in fillers or other injectable treatments. Allergy tests take about 20 minutes to complete and consist of applying a small amount of filler to a patch of skin to assess if any skin irritation occurs.
Who Are Good Candidates?
Most people who are interested in rejuvenating their appearance with dermal fillers are good candidates for Juvederm Voluma. Candidates for this treatment include adults over the age of 21 with no history of allergic reactions to the active ingredients in the filler.
Candidates must not be currently pregnant or breastfeeding. While your consultation will help us determine your eligibility for this treatment, people who are qualified for this treatment typically include those who have:
- Fine lines and wrinkles in the mid-face
- Skin laxity
- Hollowness in the cheeks
Enjoy Fast Results With Juvederm Voluma
The natural aging process depletes your skin volume by reducing the amount of volume in your skin, which makes it easier to develop fine lines and wrinkles. But you don’t have to let the natural aging process steal your youthful visage. With the right dermal filler, such as Juvederm Voluma, you can stop aging in its tracks. If you think this dermal filler is right for your appearance goals, please contact Finesse Cosmetic Laser and Lipo in Waltham, MA to schedule your first appointment today.