The signs of aging can creep up on us until one day we look in the mirror and are surprised by the changes we see. If you’re struggling with things like lines, folds and areas of lost volume, there are solutions that offer immediate and amazing results. Call Pierre Skin Care Institute in Thousand Oaks, CA and ask about how Juvederm could be the treatment you’ve been looking for.
What Causes Certain Signs of Aging?
There’s are a lot of signs of aging we may see in the mirror. People may notice things like gray hair, age spots, and thinning skin. The most dreaded signs of aging tend to be the formation of lines, wrinkles, and folds. There’s no hiding them, they can get worse as time goes by and they can have a tremendous effect on a person’s self-esteem.
There are several factors that go into the formation of lines, wrinkles and folds–some avoidable, some inevitable. The biggest reason our skin shows signs of aging is because we lose production of a very important protein that keeps young skin looking smooth and healthy: collagen.
What Does Collagen Do?
Collagen is a fibrous protein that makes up 80% of our skin. It’s strong and acts as a stable foundation for the rest of our skin to adhere to. We have three levels to our skin and collagen forms the thick middle layer called the dermis. Collagen also acts like a glue that holds our skin cells packed tightly together and the layers of our skin anchored to each other.
When you look at young, smooth skin, what you’re seeing is a top layer of skin, flawlessly attached to a smooth base just below the surface. As long as there’s plenty of healthy collagen, the skin will remain smooth and taut. By our mid-20s we lose about 1% of our collagen production each year,
What Happens When We Lose Collagen?
As we age and our collagen layer thins, gaps between the collagen fibers form. These gaps can take the form of large areas of lost volume or smaller crevices. Gravity forces our outer layer of skin to fall into those gaps, and that leaves us with lines, wrinkles, folds and lost areas of volume.
Luckily there are immediate solutions available for these signs of aging. Dermal fillers are one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world because they’re quick, easy and extremely effective. The most popular line of dermal fillers is Juvederm.
Juvederm is a family of dermal fillers designed to provide a variety of results, all natural-looking and each providing a different solution for a specific issue.
How Do Juvederm Fillers Work?
While each type of Juvederm works a little differently, the concept is the same across the board. These injectables are made with a synthetic form of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar our bodies naturally produce to keep our skin hydrated by attracting and retaining moisture. This form of hyaluronic acid is suspended in a soft and pliable gel designed to get specific results depending on where it’s being used.
The original dermal filler, this is their flagship product and the most commonly used filler to fill in lines, wrinkles, and folds. When this smooth gel is injected into the area, it’s actually malleable for a short while and your provider can pinch and shape it to get the perfect results.
When it spreads over the tissue, it binds with water molecules and attracts even more moisture, leading to natural-looking results. This is the “go-to” filler for areas like:
- Nasolabial folds
- Marionette lines
- Chin wrinkles
- Forehead lines
- Crow’s feet
How Does Juvederm Work?
By spreading across facial tissue, it fills in the voids and crevices left by a reduction in collagen or by repeated movements. As it settles, which can take a few days, the hyaluronic acid component will continue to attract moisture, giving skin a healthier appearance and a youthful glow.
This injectable contains lidocaine, so even though your provider will apply a numbing gel to the skin, the treatment will only become more comfortable as this topical anesthetic is introduced to the injection site.
Results look natural but are transformative and immediate. Clients will walk in with moderate-to-severe lines and wrinkles and walk out looking years younger. Most people can expect to enjoy results for up to 12 months before needing another visit to maintain their results.
Volbella uses innovative and patented Vycross technology that uses both low and high molecular weights to specifically address the lip area. This technology also means it has a smaller amount of hyaluronic acid, reducing the already low likelihood of an adverse reaction. Clients who have concerns about the volume or shape of their lips should talk to their provider about Volbella.
Like others in this dermal filler family, the hyaluronic acid is suspended in a smooth and pliable gel. When this is injected, it gives clients a perfectly smooth and soft look and feel: never over-plumped. Volbella also contains lidocaine, so each injection makes the process that much more comfortable. This can address:
- Lip volume
- Lip shape
- Vertical or “smoker’s lines”
- Asymmetry in lips
- A down-turned mouth
How Does Volbella Work?
When injected into the lips and surrounding area, the gel fills in the gaps in the tissue that create vertical lines or deflated lip volume. An immediate plumping can be seen in the area. Because the main component of the filler is hyaluronic acid, it will pull moisture to the area, making the results even more natural-looking.
Volbella, like all other dermal fillers, gives immediate results. As your provider is making injections, they can see their progress as they go along and make adjustments to fit your needs. Clients can enjoy results for up to a year before needing a touch-up.
A great addition to this family of fillers, Vollure is like others in this family in that it’s meant for deep lines and folds, but it uses the Vycross technology. This is the technology that uses a ratio of larger and smaller hyaluronic acid molecules to create an ultra-smooth gel that is slightly firmer than others in this family.
Because it’s meant for very deep lines, the firmness helps with results. It fills in crevices with some structure, so results are noticeable while remaining natural. This is a good candidate for treating moderate-to-severe:
- Nasolabial folds
- Marionette lines
- Smile lines or “parentheses”
- Other deep facial wrinkles
How Does Vollure Work?
It works in much the same way that “regular” Juvederm works, but it a little firmer. This is helpful when dealing with very deep lines. It will spread out into facial tissue to close the gaps in the line or wrinkle.
The best part about Vollure? It can last up to 18 months for some clients. If you love the result of the “original”, you’ll love these results.
As we age, the bottom layer of our skin where our fat pads lie shifts with gravity. This downward pull can leave previously full and shapely areas looking flat and hollow. Voluma is FDA approved to restore larger amounts of volume to areas like the cheekbone, cheek and temporal areas. People who used to have prominent cheekbones and want them back or who never had them but have always wanted them can achieve the contour they’re looking for.
When you’re young and smile, the apples of your cheeks are plump and give your face a youthful appearance. When we age, even the volume in the apples of our cheeks can deflate, giving our faces less visible emotion and flexibility. We end up smiling with only our mouths and not our whole faces.
How Does Voluma Work?
This injectable is smoother than others in the line because it’s got to cover more ground and be as natural-looking and feeling as possible. When this is injected, your provider can sculpt your cheeks and cheekbones to better resemble how they looked when you were younger.
The lidocaine makes the entire process comfortable. As always with fillers, your provider can see their progress as they go along, so they can make adjustments to give you the contours you’re hoping for.
This FDA-approved injectable gives immediate results and a more youthful shape to the cheek area. Clients can regain the look of the bone structure they had when they were younger. These results can last up to two years.
Does Juvederm Look Natural?
Yes! When fillers first hit the market, they were formulated differently and could leave people with an overfilled or over plumped look. Today’s fillers are made with hyaluronic acid, which our bodies produce naturally. Because hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, results look completely natural.
The goal is always to highlight your natural beauty: not make you look different from who you are. If done by the right hand, it will look like your skin is naturally young and vibrant, that you were born with those lips and that your bone structure is one to envy.
Other Uses for Dermal Fillers
The main use of fillers is to do just that: fill. Generally, that means filling each side equally or close to it because, generally, our faces are symmetrical. If your face is not, fillers can help.
Non-Surgical Nose Job
If you’re concerned with the asymmetry of your nose, dermal fillers can help. For clients who see a slight deviation in the straight line of their nose, filler used to plump up one side can give the illusion of symmetry.
The same is true for slight bumps on the nose, A little filler before and after the bump can smooth its appearance, giving you a temporary “nose job”.
There may be nothing more dreaded than jowls as we age. A little filler can smooth their appearance and give you a younger complexion in the process. When fat builds up on either side of our chin, it creates jowls because of their contrast to the shallower skin next to them.
When a filler is used strategically, it can make the jowls smooth and diminish right before your eyes. If you look in the mirror and are bothered by the appearance of jowls, talk to your doctor about using filler.
Get Natural and Long-Lasting Results
No matter how well you eat, how much sleep you get or how well you take care of your skin, the signs of aging will creep up eventually. When you’ve had enough and you want to take control of your own aging experience, it’s time to call a professional.
Reach out to Pierre Skin Care Institute in Thousand Oaks, CA to schedule a consultation. We’ committed to providing our clients with impeccable service and incredible results, and we’re here for everyone in the Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Camarillo, Ventura, Oxnard, Moorpark and Simi Valley regions and beyond.