Have you noticed lately that your skin is starting to show signs of age? Are you seeing new wrinkles, folds, or creases on your skin? Do your cheeks or lips seem to have lost just a little of their former volume, or youthful glow? If you are experiencing any of these, you’re certainly not alone. Millions of Americans seek rejuvenation treatment every year for these exact issues. At James B Destephens in Gainesville, FL, we are proud to offer Juvederm, a unique, effective, and incredibly popular dermal filler.
Why Does This Treatment Work?
There are many types of dermal fillers on the market, but Juvederm fillers falls into a specific category known as a “hyaluronic acid filler.” Hyaluronic acid is a substance that naturally occurs in your skin. Whereas some fillers introduce a new or unusual substance, the advantage of hyaluronic acid fillers is that they are replenishing a natural chemical that has been depleted with age. In this way, they can be considered a more organic treatment option than many alternatives.
Hyaluronic Acid Rehydrates Your Skin
Although hyaluronic acid has several important properties, the main thing to know here is that it binds to water. Because it holds moisture in place, it is a natural way to retain the volume in your skin by using your body’s native reserves of water. Unfortunately, we start to lose some of our hyaluronic acid as we age. This causes volume loss in the lower layers of the skin, and it also causes wrinkles to appear on the surface.
Hyaluronic Acid Injection Works With Your Skin (Not Against It)
When hyaluronic acid is injected in the form of a dermal filler, it starts to settle into the skin and bind to the water that you already have. Over the course of roughly two weeks, the acid will keep binding to more water and “even out,” giving you a balanced distribution of the filler. Because it is a naturally occurring chemical, it is almost impossible to have an allergic reaction or “reject” the treatment. The injected hyaluronic acid will become integrated into your skin just like the hyaluronic acid you already have.
Hyaluronic Acid Lasts
Because the body is not reacting negatively to the hyaluronic acid filler, it will not work to remove it from your system as it might with other foreign substances. Your skin will absorb the hyaluronic acid in time, and you may find it helpful to get a refill to maintain your results, but this is usually after one to two years have passed.
What Are the Benefits of Treatment?
Most people seek this particular treatment in response to the signs of aging skin or volume loss. One of the reasons it is so popular is that it has designed a number of types that are specially designed to address a particular problem. Wrinkles, nasolabial folds, hollow cheeks, thin lips, frown lines, marionette lines, and many other issues can all be corrected with the right type of Juvederm.
It Comes in Multiple Varieties
The brand has several different types that are targeted to specific areas of the face: Voluma, for instance, is used for deep injection in the cheeks, where it restores fullness and a sharper contour. Vollure is used for moderate or severe wrinkles. Volbella and Ultra XC are typically used for lip augmentation or perioral area around the mouth.
It’s Minimally Invasive
The treatment process is incredibly simple, with sessions often finishing in under an hour. The exact length of the treatment will depend on where you’re getting an injection, but it is often possible to come in during a break from work and go back the same day. For this reason, many people prefer it to chemical peels or facelifts, which typically need a larger time commitment.
It Doesn’t Require Any “Down Time”
Many more serious treatments may require a patient to take time off work, rest, or even stay at home for multiple days. However, all of the fillers mentioned above (Voluma, Vollure, Volbella, Ultra XC) can be administered quickly and will not require a patient to endure a lengthy recovery period. Most activities can be resumed the same day or after a 24-hour period.
How Should You Get Ready for Your First Treatment?
When it comes to getting a dermal filler treatment, the process will last a few weeks. Although the treatment itself is incredibly quick, you will need some time to prepare. Then you will get treatment, and after there will be an adjustment period where the filler settles into place.
Step One: Your In-Person Consultation
The first thing we do is a personal consultation with a member of our medical staff. We go through all your questions and answer any concerns you may have. We want to make sure that you are completely comfortable and knowledgeable about your choices. We will discuss your personal aesthetic goals, what areas you want treated, and determine what type of filler is your best option.
During this time we will also ask you about medical conditions or any medications you may be taking, so as not to interfere with the injection session or recovery. We may recommend a different treatment if you:
- Have a history of severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis)
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Have allergic reactions to lidocaine (a local anesthetic used in the dermal filler gel)
- Have allergic reactions to gram-positive bacterial proteins
- Have a history of excessive scarring
- Have a history of pigmentation disorders
- Are planning a laser treatment near the same time
- Are planning a chemical peel near the same time
- Are on immunosuppressive therapy
Step Two: The Preparation Phase
After your personal consultation, there will be a short wait before the actual session itself. We may ask you to refrain from using certain medications or substances in order to ensure the best results possible.
Step Three: The Treatment Session
Simply show up at your appointment time, ready for treatment. Our staff will make sure that you are comfortable and that everything in your session goes smoothly. After it’s over, you will get some more advice on how to take care of your skin and ensure ideal results.
What Should You Avoid Before Treatment Sessions?
Once our staff approves you for treatment, we will give you more information about the preparation phase. During this time, there are a number of substances that we may advise you avoid, including:
Aspirin is a blood-thinner, which can have a potentially negative impact on the injection treatment. In order to ensure the best results, doctors often advise patients not to take aspirin, Bayer, Motrin, ibuprofen, or NSAIDS that might result in a greater risk for bruising. Typically, we request that patients avoid these for at least five days prior to treatment.
Alcohol also tends to change our circulation. We advise not consuming any alcohol for at least 24 hours before (or after) treatment.
Certain Vitamins and Supplements
There are a number of popular supplements that we may advise avoiding or limiting. Although many of these may normally be healthy, they can potentially interfere with treatment. Our list may include:
- Vitamin E (7-10 days before treatment)
- Fish oil (7-10 days)
- Garlic (7-10 days)
- Ginseng (7-10 days)
- Gingko biloba (7-10 days)
- St. John’s Wort (7-10 days)
- Primrose oil (7-10 days)
Certain Skin Treatments
Many skin creams or treatments may also be listed on our “don’t use” list, as they can irritate the skin prior to your session. These may include:
- Glycolic acid (2 days before treatment)
- Retinol (2 days)
- Tretinoin (2 days)
- Anti-aging creams (2 days)
- Hair removal creams (2 days)
- Waxing (2 days)
- Bleaching (2 days)
- Plucking (2 days)
Frequently Asked Questions
How Soon Will I See Results?
Most patients report seeing some change right away, on the same day as their treatment session. Although the results may be visible that soon, they do not stabilize until a few weeks have passed. It usually takes two weeks for the filler to settle into place, and then you will see the long-term result of treatment.
How Long Will My Results Last?
The duration of your treatment results depends a little on what type of filler is used and where the injection site is. Typically, Volbella lips treatment shows ideal results for about a year. On the other hand, Voluma is used for the cheeks, and, because it is a deeper injection, it can often last for two years. Other varieties usually last somewhere between a year and two years.
Will I Need Follow-Up Sessions?
Typically, only one session is needed for the initial treatment. After one to two years, you will want to return for a maintenance treatment. Patients often find that maintenance treatments are easier and require less filler than their first round.
What Happens During My Session?
Usually, a treatment session lasts around one hour. Our staff administers vials of your preferred filler into your treatment area. The injections are evenly distributed in small amounts, to ensure a balanced look. In order to make the experience comfortable, the vials include lidocaine, which is a local anesthetic that helps improve your experience.
What Should I Do After Treatment?
During the period after treatment, you will not need a lengthy recovery time. However, patients are often advised to avoid a few specific activities or substances for the first 24-48 hours. These include:
- Extreme heat (tanning, saunas, etc)
- Strenuous exercise
In addition, we recommend that patients do not get massages, especially near the treatment area, during the first two weeks after treatment. The massage can affect the distribution of the filler and change the balance of your results.
Is Juvederm FDA-Approved?
Yes, and it has remained a popular dermal filler since 2006, when it was first approved by the FDA. The FDA’s findings showed that it was completely safe for skin treatment. Although there are certain cases where we may not proceed, such as with patients with severe allergies, or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, it has been shown to be safe for almost everyone who would like to experience the benefits of a minimally-invasive treatment.
How Can I Get Started?
You don’t need to do anything difficult in order to start the process. Treatment is designed to be effective and quick, and our staff is here to help. All you need to do is get in touch with our office and we will set up your one-on-one consultation. After that, we will guide you every step of the way.
Call Us Today!
Are you ready to rejuvenate your face with a glowing, youthful look? Our experienced medical staff are here to support you and help you achieve the look of your dreams. Contact Dr. James B. Destephens in Gainesville, FL today to schedule your personal consultation. We look forward to meeting you!