Do you still feel young, but your skin has other ideas? A loss of volume in your face can make you look older than you really are, which can be a hard thing to grapple with. But Dr. James DeStephens in Gainesville, FL, is proud to offer Juvederm Vollure. This injectable can rejuvenate and refresh the skin, giving you a youthful glow to match your youthful spirit.
What Is Vollure Used For?
This Vollure injectable targets moderate and severe lines and wrinkles specifically around the lower part of the face. This involves sculpting the jawline and lifting drooping skin, as well as eliminating the lines that can occur between the nostrils and mouth and at the edges of the mouth.
How Does This Treatment Work?
Juvederm is an injectable dermal filler that adds volume to the face. Vollure is a specific type of Juvederm that was designed specially to treat problematic areas in the lower face. All Juvederm formulas contain the key ingredient hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring polysaccharide in the body. It’s responsible for keeping our skin plump and hydrated, doing this by attracting and binding water to collagen. As we age, however, our natural production of hyaluronic acid slows. Without it, the skin becomes thinner and drier, causing it to sag and crease.
This product uses a synthetic version of hyaluronic acid, which is then injected by an expert dermatologist such as Dr. James DeStephens or a member of his team. Once injected into the lower half of the face, the skin is rehydrated and becomes more voluminous, lifting sagging areas, filling out lines, and making you look younger.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are always injectables that restore volume to the face, but they vary in terms of the product inside them and how they’re applied. In this instance, the dermal filler is used on the lower half of the face to correct sagging and wrinkled skin. Other fillers can be used specifically to create fuller lips, add volume to hollow cheeks, or fill out pitted scars. The type of dermal filler you use will depend on your cosmetic goals and what you’re looking to treat around your face. We’ll always make sure that you’re choosing a treatment that will produce the best results and leave you loving your new skin.
How Long Does It Take To See Results?
Amazingly, results often start developing right after injections. They’ll become more and more noticeable over the next week after your treatment as the filler settles and the water and collagen under your skin get busy binding. At about the ten-day mark, most patients are seeing optimal results, enjoying plump, smooth skin that makes them look more youthful and commonly more symmetrical.
Do These Results Look Natural?
Natural-looking results are part of the deal when it comes to this filler. That’s because it uses the water already in your body to achieve the results. The hyaluronic acid in the product merely attracts binds it. Although this treatment can sculpt and rebalance the face if you’d like it to, your face will still move dynamically and emotively, so you’ll never look “worked on”. In fact, no one will even know you’ve had any cosmetic treatment unless you choose to tell them. In short, this treatment only enhances the natural beauty of your face. The biggest change of all will likely be your confidence!
What Are Other Benefits of This Treatment?
Patients love that this treatment is minimally invasive, FDA-approved, and convenient. Sessions will take, at most, an hour, but typically are over in about twenty minutes. The longest sessions occur when we have to treat multiple areas at once and use more injections. If you’ve asked that we combine your Vollure treatment with other injectables, your session may take longer too. Even so, an hour is nothing compared to how long these results last.
When used around the chin, results can last for about six months. When treating the cheeks and around the mouth, they last even longer, holding for between eighteen and twenty-four months. Of course, these results vary from person to person and depend on factors like how much product was used, how many injections you received, and the makeup of your skin’s tissue.
Where Can Juvederm Be Applied?
As mentioned above, Vollure is best used on lines, wrinkles, and folds, especially on the lower part of the face. But the entire product range takes on almost any skin concern you could imagine, so long as it’s caused by a loss of volume. These include: frown lines, lip lines worry lines, thin lips, hollow cheeks, and marionette lines (the lines that appear around your mouth when you smile). No matter what you’re looking to treat, Juvederm likely has a specific formula that can help.
What Can I Expect From Treatment?
We’ll first ask you to come in for an initial consultation with Dr. James DeStephens or a staff member. This is when we chat about your goals, look at your medical history, and make sure you’re an optimal candidate for treatment. If everything looks good, we’ll design a treatment plan that’s tailored to your needs and skin type, including how many injections you’ll be getting and how many units of product will be used.
We may ask that you stop taking certain medications or supplements if they could interfere with your treatment. Other than that, we rarely ask patients to alter their lifestyle in any way prior to treatment, as it’s so minimally invasive.
On the Day
When you come in for your injections, which are performed in-house, we’ll first cleanse your treatment area. We’ll then apply a topical numbing cream to ensure your comfort during the session. Once it’s taken effect, we’ll administer your injections. Patients report experiencing a slight feeling of pressure but find the process, surprisingly, quite relaxing. Even without a numbing agent, the needles used are so fine you’d hardly feel a thing.
What sets this treatment apart from procedural options is that patients require no downtime afterward. They can immediately carry on with their days, whether that’s work or running errands. Because we don’t use anesthetic, patients can even drive themselves to and from the session. There are a few steps we recommend following treatment that will ensure you experience the best results. These include:
- Rubbing or touching the treatment area
- Facial massages
- Direct, harsh sunlight
- High temperatures such as hot tubs or saunas
- Vigorous exercise
- Certain medications
We can offer more specific guidelines based on your lifestyle when we prepare you for your treatment.
Who Is a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
If you’re healthy, over the age of twenty-one, and are experiencing skin concerns because of a loss of volume in the face, you may be an ideal candidate for this treatment. That’s because hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body and won’t elicit any allergic reactions like foreign substances often can. During your consultation, we’ll go through your medical history and make sure you don’t have any conditions or are on any medications, that could make you unsuitable for this treatment.
Those who are pregnant or nursing are not suitable candidates for this treatment, but can rest assured we’ll happily administer it for you when you’re eligible down the track!
People With Specific Skin Concerns
This treatment is ideal for those looking to target very precise areas of their face and can communicate this with us. By being specific about what you want, we’ll have a better idea of how to give it to you, which means you’ll get the best results that make you the happiest. For example, we can decide what formula of Juvederm will best remedy the issues you might bring up, or even if there’s an alternate treatment altogether that might work better. During a consultation, we can show you plenty of before and after pictures so you know how treatment will change your face and if you’re happy with these changes.
Those Hoping for Natural-Looking Results
This treatment works best for people who want subtle changes that enhance the natural features of their faces. Injections can make your face more symmetrical and noticeable smooth out wrinkles and lines, but you’ll still look like yourself. Some people are looking to make more significant changes to their faces, such as rhinoplasty (a nose job) or jaw reshaping. While we support anyone’s choices when it comes to modifying their face, we’ll advise them that this treatment might not give them the dramatic results they’re hoping for. They might have to look to options like plastic surgery instead.
People With Realistic Expectations
While this filler is a dream come true in so many ways, there are some things a candidate needs to remember. This treatment won’t last forever, as the product wears off after between six and twenty-four months. We encourage patients to come back in for yearly maintenance sessions so they can enjoy the results for years to come. Patients who acknowledge this upfront will be able to see the effects wearing off and not get worried or upset, but simply book in their touch-up session.
What’s the Difference Between Dermal Fillers and Botox?
You’ve probably heard of Botox, which is probably the most famous anti-aging solutions available. While it’s injected into the face like a dermal filler, it doesn’t actually directly affect the skin, but relaxes the muscles beneath the skin and stops them from moving. When the muscles no longer move, the skin on top of them stays smooth and uncreased no matter how much you talk and emote. It’s a great solution for those with deep wrinkles that have developed from overactive facial movements. Think crow’s feet, frown lines, and worry lines.
It can’t, however, lift sagging skin. If you have drooping skin around your jawline, Botox likely won’t be able to help. If you’re not sure what’s causing your skin concerns, you might not know what treatment will best correct them. That’s why a consultation is a key step in this process; if a dermal filler isn’t going to help you, Botox might, and vice versa. Dr. James DeStephens and his staff can advise you on the best course of action.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you’re ready for your skin to look the way that you feel, you might be ready for Vollure by Juvederm. Gorgeous results turn back the clock on aging skin and leave your chin and mouth looking contoured and voluminous. To learn what this injectable can do for you, get in touch with Dr. James DeStephens in Gainesville, FL, today.