Volume loss is a major part of aging as our skin loses collagen and elastin which supports the skin, keeping it taut and firm. It’s easy to focus on wrinkling as the main indicator of passing years, but for many people volume loss is more visible. That’s where dermal fillers come in. Dermal fillers “fill” in the depressed area of volume loss that happens with aging. At SKIN Medical Spa in San Francisco we offer two Juvéderm® formulations, Juvéderm® XC and Juvéderm® Voluma XC.
What is Juvéderm®?
Juvéderm® is a family of dermal fillers that return the volume to different areas of the face. These fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that is found in most animals. In humans, hyaluronic acid is responsible for keeping the skin hydrated and firm.
How does Juvéderm® Work?
Collagen is the body’s protein that is responsible for building and maintaining a support structure under the skin to keep it firm, plump, and young looking, while hyaluronic acid is responsible for keeping the skin hydrated. When Juvéderm® is injected beneath a wrinkle, the hyaluronic acid binds with nearby water molecules to fill the area and hydrate and plump the skin.
Juvéderm® XC is an FDA approved dermal filler injectable that is to temporarily treat moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles. As your skin loses elasticity, moisture, and collagen, relatively deep lines form around your nose and mouth. Those curved vertical lines around your mouth are known as nasolabial folds or smile lines. Juvéderm® XC is formulated specifically to fill in this lost volume, seriously improving these lines.
Is Juvéderm® XC Right For Me?
Juvéderm® XC targets the area around the lower nose down through the skin surrounding the mouth. If you’ve had volume loss here, which has created nasolabial folds and other wrinkles, Juvéderm® XC is a perfect solution to turn the clock back. Since Juvéderm® is made from hyaluronic acid, which naturally exists in our bodies, it is very safe to use.
Juvéderm® Treatment Areas
Juvéderm® is most commonly used in folds around the nose and mouth, smile lines, or to enhance or restore the appearance of the lips. Juvéderm® XC is infused with lidocaine to make its injection more comfortable.
Besides treating the signs of aging, this dermal filler can also be used for chicken pox and the removal of depressed scars. Juvéderm® XC will leave your skin feeling smoother and looking younger!
Juvederm® XC Procedure
Juvéderm® XC injections take about 30-40 minutes to administer. A fine needle injects the dermal filler under the skin in the targeted area to add volume or fill in wrinkles and folds. Because Juvéderm® XC contains lidocaine to improve comfort, an anesthetic may not be needed. Depending on the patient, the doctor may use a topical anesthetic on the treated area prior to injection. After the procedure is completed, patients may resume their regular activities.
How long will Juvéderm® XC last?
Many studies have been conducted on the duration of Juvéderm® XC results, and it has been proven to last up to one year when addressing parentheses and smile lines with full correction. The body eventually absorbs the filler and another appointment with SKIN Medical Spa will be necessary to maintain your results. In repeat treatments, patients generally require less Juvéderm® XC to achieve the same results.
Juvéderm® Side Effects
The most common side effects include tenderness, swelling, firmness, lumps/bumps, bruising, slight pain, redness, and mild itching at the injection sites. These side effects have proven to be generally rare and last around a week.
Botox Vs. Juvéderm®
Non-surgical fillers are different than Botox, a neuromodulator that addresses wrinkles caused by muscle contractions under the skin. Botox stops the muscle from contracting, eliminating the wrinkle. Totally different premise than fillers.
Schedule A Consultation
For more information about Juvéderm® XC and how it can help you achieve a more rejuvenated appearance, call SKIN Medical Spa at 415.409.6500 to schedule a consultation at our office in San Francisco.
*Note that each individual is unique, during your consultation at SKIN Medical Spa we will help you determine the best procedure to obtain your desired results.