Certain aspects of the aging process are considered positive. When a person gets older, they usually gain experience in life, learn to accept who they are, and build strong relationships. Unfortunately, there are other aspects of the aging process that are not considered positive. These things usually have to do with the way the aging process causes a person’s body to break down and changes their appearance. While nothing can be done at this time to stop or reverse the aging process, there are steps that individuals can take to combat some of these negative sides of the aging process. For example, many in the Cleveland area are using JUVÉDERM® in an effort to fight wrinkles and enjoy a more youthful appearance. We would love to tell you how this treatment works, the many benefits that it can bring to you, and why this is one of the best fillers on the market today.
Learn More about Facial Wrinkles
Many people have the idea that wrinkles are just wrinkles. This is why they will purchase over-the-counter skin care products that promise to stop wrinkles and give a person a more youthful appearance. While over-the-counter products can definitely offer some moisturizing and skin protection benefits, they cannot actually stop wrinkles from forming on the face. It is common for people who purchase over-the-counter skin care products, especially ones that are quite expensive, to feel disappointed with the results they see after using the product for an extended period of time.
There are basically two types of wrinkles that a person will experience on their facial skin as they get older. The first type is dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles form as a result of the facial expressions a person makes. Just think of the way the muscles contract in the face and cause the skin on top of them to fold and crease when a person smiles or makes other facial expressions. When you smile, you get creases at the sides of your eyes. When you are young, your skin bounces back to normal after you are finished smiling and the creases at the sides of your eyes disappear. However, as you get older, those wrinkles start to etch deep in your skin. The only way to effectively treat dynamic wrinkles is to use injections that relax the facial muscles, like BOTOX®. This product actually gets to the root of the problem.
The second category of wrinkles is static wrinkles. These wrinkles are on your face no matter what expression you make. Even if you are not smiling, frowning, or squinting, these wrinkles are still there. These wrinkles come as a result of losing facial fat and changes that take place in your skin. Think about the area around your mouth. As you start to lose facial fat or it shifts, your cheeks start to sag and hang in the area right above your lips, creating a crease. JUVÉDERM® is a perfect solution for static wrinkles. The goal is to inject a small amount of gel under the skin in order to fill in the area.
The Benefits of JUVÉDERM®
This product can be used to add volume to areas in the face where hollow spots are located and where creases exist. When the gel is gently injected under the skin, the creases and lines will become less visible. The skin will have a much smoother surface, allowing you to enjoy a more youthful appearance.
Dermal fillers are based on a variety of different substances. Some are synthetic. Others are based on collagen. Some fillers are designed to increase the production of collagen in your skin, delivering long-lasting results. JUVÉDERM® is based on hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid is something that your skin naturally produces. It is a natural sugar substance that absorbs moisture and holds it in place. When this product is injected under the skin in areas where creases exist, it will help the skin to hold onto moisture and replace some of the volume that has been lost due to the aging process.
There are a variety of products that are in the JUVÉDERM® family. Each product is designed to be used in a specific area of the face and to do a specific job. One product is used to augment the lips. This is great for individuals who were born with naturally thin lips or are starting to see their lips get thinner as they get older. It can be used on adults who would like a more attractive pout.
Other formulas in this product line can be used to augment the chin or cheeks. Individuals who have a weak chin and who are not interested in surgical chin augmentation can benefit from temporary fillers. They can get some of the definition that they are looking for without going through surgery. Most people can expect the product to last for about six months. Of course, there are a variety of factors involved that can affect how long the product lasts for each individual.
It is common for people to start to see certain areas of their face get hollow as they get older. This is something that is particularly seen in the temples, under the eyes, and in the cheeks. Dermal fillers that contain hyaluronic acid can be used to replace some of the lost volume. It produces natural looking results because of the way it helps the skin hold onto moisture. It is interesting that individuals who are in their younger years do not like the fact that they have chubby or full cheeks. However, as soon as a person starts to get older and they begin to notice a loss of facial volume in their cheeks, they realize how that fat was helping them to have a youthful and healthy look.
When you visit our office, you will go through an initial consultation with one of our doctors. This consultation is designed to help our doctor understand more about your overall health and cosmetic goals. We want to recommend a treatment that is right for your particular needs. Be prepared to answer questions about your overall health. Be prepared to explain the exact type of results that you are looking for and what it is that is bothering you about the way you currently look. It may be helpful to bring in pictures of yourself when you were younger or pictures of individuals who have facial features that you would like to copy.
If it is determined that JUVÉDERM® is the right option for you, the treatment can begin right after the consultation. The product will be injected right below the top layers of skin using a syringe. The thickness of the formula used for you will depend on many factors, including the area that is being treated and how much lost volume you are looking to replace.
You are going to experience immediate benefits. As soon as the product is injected, you will notice that some of your wrinkles have been smoothed out. If you are having your lips augmented, you are going to notice that they are more full and attractive. If you have hollow areas treated, like your cheeks, you are going to see that they look fuller right after the treatment.
You do not need to spend any time recovering after your injection session. We will likely give you some simple instructions to follow after your treatment. For example, you do not want to touch the area too much right after the treatment. We want to make sure that the gel stays in the exact location where we have placed it. Also, you are going to want to avoid exposure to the sun in the first day or two after treatment. Besides a few simple instructions, there are very few other things that you need to do after treatment to take care of your skin.
One of the reasons why Cleveland residents love using dermal fillers based on hyaluronic acid is because of the short treatment session and the fact that they do not need to spend any time recovering. You can actually visit us during your lunch break in order to have treatments performed. Most initial treatment sessions last about 30 or 40 minutes. This includes filling out initial paperwork, going through the consultation with the doctor, and having the treatments performed. Follow-up treatment sessions are usually 20 minutes or less. Depending on the product that is right to help you address your wrinkles and other cosmetic concerns, you can expect the product to last anywhere from six months to a year.
Combining JUVÉDERM® with Other Cosmetic Treatments
Most people are going to deal with both static wrinkles and dynamic wrinkles as they get older. This hyaluronic acid dermal filler is a perfect solution for static wrinkles and filling in hollow areas. However, you may wonder if you can use these injections along with other treatments in order to address dynamic wrinkles and other issues that you are experiencing as you get older. The answer is yes.
Many of our clients have seen the benefit of using dermal filler treatments along with a treatment designed to get rid of dynamic wrinkles, like BOTOX®. In some cases, injections of both products can be performed on the same day. Of course, there are many factors that need to be taken into consideration. For some people, it may be better to do BOTOX® injections one week and then the dermal filler injections in another week. When these two types of treatments are combined, you can experience benefits that would be similar to a facelift. The results will be temporary, but you can return for touch up treatments when the results start to wear off.
It is also possible to use a variety of exfoliation treatments after having dermal filler injections given. Again, this is another situation where the treatments may or may not be able to be performed on the same day. However, you can definitely use chemical peels, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, and a variety of other treatments before or after having dermal fillers injected.
If you are interested in laser treatments or collagen induction therapy, talk to our doctor during your consultation about combining these other forms of treatment with dermal fillers. The great thing is that dermal fillers are safe and combine well with many other treatments.
Contact Us to Learn More
We understand the frustration that individuals go through as they reach middle age and beyond. It can become difficult to moisturize the skin, and it can be frustrating to see so many fine lines and wrinkles pop up all over the face. Don’t give into despair, and don’t simply accept these things as part of the aging process. There are simple things that you can do to maintain a youthful look for as long as possible.
We have seen time and again how JUVÉDERM® is able to help individuals to fight wrinkles and enjoy a more youthful appearance. It works quickly. After just a few hours from the time the injection is given, you are going to have smoother skin and more facial volume. You should expect your treatments to last at least six months. We have seen some patients report that they have satisfactory results that last almost a year and a half. When you visit us for the first time, we will show you before and after photographs of individuals who have had these injections in order to help you get a realistic idea of what the treatment can do for you.
Are you a Cleveland resident who is tired of dealing with dynamic and static wrinkles? If so, we encourage you to visit Light Touch Aesthetic Center in Cleveland, OH to learn more from our staff. We would be happy to examine your skin closely with the goal of using JUVÉDERM® to smooth away creases, folds, and wrinkles. Depending on your specific needs, we can use different variants of the product to improve your appearance and help you feel satisfied with the way you look after treatment. We would also be happy to discuss other treatments that we have available to address dynamic wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, age spots, and almost any other cosmetic concern that you may be dealing with. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!