When you look in the mirror, you should love what you see, no matter what age you are. Time can take its toll on our skin—fine lines and wrinkles where it used to be tight, hollowness where it used to be plump, and an overall tired appearance. It doesn’t have to be that way. Call the dedicated professionals at Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery and Medspa in Vero Beach and Melbourne, FL to talk about options for restoring the smooth and even look of your youth—including the dermal filler Juvederm.
What Causes the Signs of Aging?
We all know the passage of time ages us, but what exactly causes our skin and faces to change? Those changes in your appearance happen because of a loss of collagen. Collagen is the building block to a youthful appearance. It’s the most abundant protein in the human body, making up our skin, ligaments and other connective tissue. It’s responsible for the strong structure keeping your skin in place, evenly and smoothly.
Collagen works with two other powerhouses—elastin and hyaluronic acid. Elastin is responsible for skin’s elasticity and its ability to bounce back into place. Hyaluronic acid helps skin attract and keep moisture, so it looks dewy and soft. When these three substances work together, skin keeps a taut look without appearing pulled, it’s smooth and wrinkle-free, even-toned and soft and supple to the touch.
As we age, our collagen production declines. At age 18, it’s at its peak. It’s thought we lose 1% per year afterwards. As collagen decreases, the structural integrity of our faces diminishes, the places that used to be plump fall, and our skin sags to fill in those voids, resulting in wrinkles. Areas that used to be contoured and voluminous, like the cheek area, can appear bony—giving your overall appearance a tired and aged look.
What Is Juvederm?
Juvederm is a line of injectable dermal fillers made of a synthetic hyaluronic acid in a smooth gel form. The gel is malleable, so results look natural and feel soft. What makes this treatment so popular is the immediacy of its results. Unlike other anti-aging treatments that can take a week or more for full results to be seen, this treatment gives the patient the results they want before they even walk out of the office.
This dermal filler is also as versatile as it is popular. As the heavyweight of all fillers, professionals and clients alike return repeatedly to this brand because it gets results. There are different types of Juvederm, and each serves a different function in aesthetics. We’ll be focusing on a few—Juvederm XC Ultra Plus, Volbella, and Voluma.
Juvederm XC Ultra Plus
This treatment not only fills areas of deep lines and folds but can plump lips and add to a natural, more youthful look. This treatment also acts like a beacon for moisture once it’s been injected. This is a perfect choice for clients wanting to fill in their marionette lines, which grooves from their lips to their chin. This is a go-to for the nasolabial folds when the cheeks have not lost volume—it will fill in the area and provide a smooth transition from the cheek, lips and nose area.
Lips can thin as we get older. If you’re experiencing age-related thinness or you just want the perfect pouty lips you never had—talk to your provider about this treatment. Because of its ability to absorb water, your lips will look pillowy and show-stopping. If you’re going in thinking you want Kylie or Angelina lips, this is the injectable you need.
The newest of this family of fillers, Voluma is designed to treat a sagging midface or cheek area. This is a hyaluronic acid-based filler, so it integrates effortlessly with soft tissue. Voluma is a great option for a client wanting to fill in significant sagging to restore a more youthful and healthy contour to their face.
Also designed to help the appearance of the lip area, Volbella is made to tackle vertical lip lines. Whether from age, sun exposure or smoking, these lines can make wearing lipstick difficult and add years to your overall appearance. This treatment was made to softly erase these fine lines, leaving patients with a natural-looking mouth without looking “over-plumped” or changing the look of your lips significantly.
What to Expect
Because this treatment is minimally invasive, it requires no preparation. You may be asked to stop taking blood-thinning herbal supplements and over-the-counter medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen for a week before your treatment. Avoiding alcohol for 24 hours before is another common request.
On the day of your session, you’ll go over what treatment you and your doctor agreed upon. They may apply a topical numbing agent to the injection sites to maximize your comfort. After the treatment, there is no downtime, and many clients resume their daily activities immediately. You may be asked to stay out of direct sunlight and avoid strenuous activity for a few days. Your provider will send you home with whatever specific aftercare instructions they deem necessary.
This is the big advantage injectable fillers have over other non-surgical treatments—results are immediate and noticeable. Dermal filler treatments can last between nine and eighteen months depending on the filler chosen, the area to be treated, though, as always, every patient is different.
To keep the results you love continuous, it will be important to follow-up with maintenance sessions. Once you get used to looking at the new, more youthful you, you’ll want to stay on top of treatments.
Other Anti-Aging Injectables
Because everyone has different concerns, different types of skin and structure and a desire for different results, there are injectable treatments to address everyone. After a consultation with your doctor, you’ll be given a treatment plan that may include more than one treatment to address multiple concerns.
There are so many fillers to choose from that you need the expert guidance of your doctor or medical professional to recommend the one suited best for you. Aside from the Juvederm line, other dermal fillers include:
- Radiesse Hands
- Restylane Silk
- Restylane Lyft
While many centers will offer just about every injectable available, they may not all be right for you. If you’ve seen a commercial for it and it sounded good, be sure to discuss it with your doctor. A reputable clinic will offer only what they feel will provide safe and effective results for their patients.
BOTOX is botulinum toxin type A—a purified form of the neurotoxic protein found in bacteria called Clostridium Botulinum. BOTOX works to stop dynamic wrinkles at their source—movement. Over the years, we make a series of the same movements repeatedly, and our skin starts to look like a map of those movements.
BOTOX was originally developed and approved to treat blepharospasm, a condition of constant eyelid twitching. Later, it was discovered that when it was expertly injected into targeted muscles, it blocks the nerve impulses from being received by the muscles, making them immobile. When a muscle temporarily loses its ability to contract, it relaxes. When that happens, the skin on top of the muscle smooths.
It takes between 3-7 days to see results, and they last between 3-4 months. With regular follow-up and maintenance sessions, your results can be nearly seamless. BOTOX can help with:
- Crow’s feet
- Frown lines
- Horizontal forehead lines
- Lifting eyebrows
- Improving the appearance of the upper 1/3 of the face
Do you do your best to eat well and exercise but still look in the mirror and see excess submental fat or “double chin”? This is a notoriously resistant area to exercise, so it can be particularly embarrassing and confidence-shaking. If you’re not yet ready for surgical intervention, this could be the solution for you. Kybella is made from naturally occurring deoxcycholic acid found in the digestive system to emulsify and dissolve fats.
On the day of treatment and after a thorough consultation and examination of the treatment area, you’ll receive a sonic skin massage for your neck. Next, a topical numbing agent will be applied to ensure your comfort. Small injections will be made in strategic areas of your neck so Kybella can attach to your fat cells, eventually causing them to dissolve away.
Each patient is different, but many require between 2-4 treatments for maximum results. Because this is a minimally invasive treatment, there is no downtime associated with it, and most clients can go back to their daily routines immediately.
Other Anti-Aging Treatments
Fine lines and wrinkles aren’t the only issues we face as we age. Uneven skin tone and texture, sun damage and age spots, acne scarring and dull complexion can all be discouraging. There are a variety of solutions to address these concerns.
With this treatment, a small handheld pen loaded with hair-thin needles is passed over the surface of your skin, creating micro perforations into the epidermis and the top layer of the dermis. As a result, the skin’s natural healing process is triggered. When your body starts this regenerative process, it produces more collagen and elastin to help with:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Uneven texture
- Minor laxity
The perforations aren’t visible, but they allow for better absorption of targeted skincare products. Your doctor may have a recommended regime of specific products to use for lingering concerns, particularly after this treatment.
Broadband Light Therapy
This is an innovative and advanced therapy that allows your doctor to customize the wavelength, width and strength of the therapy. This kind of therapy is highly effective in treating and removing:
- Brown spots
- Ruddy complexions
- Small vessels around the nose and eyelids
- Uneven skin texture and tone
These common skin concerns can be caused by sun damage, environmental stressors, and age. This is a great therapy to combine with other facial therapies like BOTOX, dermal fillers and microdermabrasion for full, transformative and life-long results without surgery. Because this is a non-invasive treatment there is no downtime.
If you’re working with a qualified, professional, personable and reputable plastic surgeon and you feel you’re ready for the next step, have an honest conversation about your concerns and expectations. They can present their recommended course of treatment and, together, you can decide what’s best for you.
Call for a Consultation
When you’re happy with what you see in the mirror, it can improve your self-esteem, confidence and overall happiness. Those social situations that used to cause you to worry will just be an opportunity to walk tall and put your best face forward.
Call the expert staff at Ocean Drive Plastic Surgery & Medspa in Vero Beach and Melbourne, FL today to learn more. We won’t offer you any treatments or procedures we wouldn’t recommend to our own family. A new, more youthful-looking and feeling you is just a call away.