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 the entire line of Juvéderm® formulations:
- Juvéderm® XC
- Juvéderm® Voluma XC
- Juvéderm® Volbella XC
- Juvéderm® Vollure 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. 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.
Areas Treated with Juvéderm®
Juvéderm® is most commonly used for:
- Nasolabial Folds
- Marionette Lines
- Parentheses Lines
- Vertical Lip Lines
Besides treating the signs of aging, this dermal filler can also be used for chicken pox and the removal of depressed scars. Juvéderm® will leave your skin feeling smoother and looking younger!
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. This is a totally different premise than fillers.
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.
Juvederm® XC Treatment
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 treatment 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.
“SKIN Medical Spa is the best medspa I’ve ever been to. I’m moving out of town but will come back just to receive treatment from the best – Dr Colvin. The whole staff is excellent and I truly feel like they all take the best care of me. I couldn’t recommend SKIN Medical Spa more!” – Isabela S.
Juvéderm Voluma® XC?
Juvéderm Voluma XC is an FDA approved dermal filler, produced by Allergan, designed specifically to correct age-related volume loss. Juvéderm Voluma XC is part of the Juvéderm line of fillers and specifically targets the cheek area. This filler gives a subtle lift, helping to restore a youthful profile.
Voluma® XC Injections
Patients can receive injections in the comfort of our office and the whole process takes about 15 minutes. A member of our staff will inject Voluma XC with a fine needle under the surface of your skin. This will lift and contour the cheek area for instant results. Patients may experience mild pain during the procedure but there is no downtime after treatment. In clinical studies, patients have reported looking 5 years younger only 6 months after treatment.
Results Of Juvederm Voluma® XC
Juvéderm Voluma XC is especially exciting because the results are visible immediately. Voluma XC is the only filler that has been proven to last up to 2 years. Patients also find that when they return for additional treatment they require less product in order to achieve their ideal results.
Juvéderm Vollure® XC
One of the newest additions is Juvéderm Vollure® XC. Juvéderm Vollure® XC is intended to be used on moderate to deep folds around the mouth. The Vollure injections are formulated to create a smooth and soft appearance of line and wrinkles.
When Dr. Colvin injects Vollure® beneath a deep line or crease, it instantly fills the sunken space as the hyaluronic acid gets to work. This pushes the skin back upwards, erasing the crease.
Candidates For Vollure® Injections
Patients that have lost volume or elasticity due to aging or external factors may be a candidate for Juvéderm Vollure injections. If you have relatively deep nasolabial, marionette, and parentheses lines, Vollure® is a good option for addressing them. Vollure can work on more severe creases than other dermal fillers.
Juvéderm Vollure® XC Results
In comparison to Juvéderm XC and other types of injections, Juvéderm Vollure XC is long lasting. In fact, Vollure is the longest lasting hyaluronic acid filler available. Typically, patients can expect to see results for up to 18 months. That means that results with Juvéderm Vollure last six months longer than any other filler.
Juvéderm Volbella® XC
Volbella XC is a recent addition to the Juvéderm family of dermal fillers. This FDA approved injectable gel contains hyaluronic acid and a small amount of local anesthetic.
Similar to Juvéderm Ultra XC, Volbella is used to add volume to the lips. However, Juvéderm Volbella XC delivers a subtle result that adds lip volume in a less obvious way than other Juvéderm products. Volbella can also be injected around the lips to fill the vertical lip lines that form around the mouth as we age.
Candidates For Juvéderm Volbella®
If your lips are thinner than you’d like, either due to the volume loss that comes with aging or because they’ve always been that way, Juvéderm Volbella® XC is perfect for adding subtle volume and shape. Juvéderm Volbella® XC adds volume without overtly enlarging the lips. Your results will look completely natural.
Juvéderm Volbella® Results
Juvéderm Volbella® XC results appear immediately. These results last about a year but patients can receive touch-up treatments to obtain or maintain desired results. During your consultation, Dr. Colvin will discuss your goals and provide a treatment plan to achieve them.
Dermal Filler Patient Testimonial
“This review is for Dr Colvin, he is the only one I see. He is such a wonderful doctor, I have been seeing him for fillers & dysport for years. I am extremely particular about not bruising & looking natural. He is so patient with me. When I tell him I can’t have bruises, he uses a smaller needle and takes his time. He makes sure I know exactly what he’s doing every step of the way, always checking to make sure he’s putting the filler where I want it.” – Chantel H.
Juvéderm® Side Effects
Since hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body and is the basis of Juvéderm® fillers, allergic reactions are virtually unheard of. Side effects are mild and usually, pass in one to two days. The most common side effects include tenderness, swelling, firmness, lumps/bumps, bruising, slight pain, redness, and mild itching at the injection sites.
Schedule A Consultation
For more information about Juvéderm® and how it can help you achieve a more rejuvenated appearance, contact SKIN Medical Spa. Call 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.