Facial aging is one of the most unwelcome aspects of growing older. By the time most of us have reached our late thirties or early forties, fine lines and wrinkles have begun making their presence known. One of the main reasons that lines and wrinkles form is due to a gradual loss of facial volume. This development can be caused by numerous factors like the aging process, genetics, sun exposure, and extreme weight loss. At Doctors MedSpa we offer JUVÉDERM®, a minimally-invasive treatment to restore facial volume and minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
What is JUVÉDERM®?
JUVÉDERM® falls into a class of anti-aging products known as dermal fillers. A dermal filler consists of an injectable gel that flows smoothly into your skin to combat the appearance of wrinkles.
This injectable contains hyaluronic acid, a substance produced by your own body. Getting older leads to a gradual decline in hyaluronic acid production and a subsequent thinning and drying of the skin.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a special substance produced by your own body in abundance when you are young. Unfortunately, advancing age eventually causes a progressive decline in hyaluronic acid production, which has real consequences for the health and appearance of your skin. Since hyaluronic acid has a special affinity for water, it has the ability to attract moisture into your skin cells, which has a plumping and volumizing effect. This age-related decline in hyaluronic acid production causes your skin to become gradually thinner and more prone to developing wrinkles.
How Does JUVÉDERM® Restore Facial Volume?
JUVÉDERM® contains hyaluronic acid suspended within an injectable gel. Once injected, it helps to correct your hyaluronic acid deficiency. Your skin will immediately become more plump and hydrated. Fine lines and wrinkles will begin to fill in after your treatment.
How is JUVÉDERM® Different From Other Dermal Fillers?
JUVÉDERM® contains lidocaine, a substance that helps ensure your comfort throughout your dermal filler procedure. Lidocaine is commonly used in many hospitals as a safe and effective anesthetic.
The results of your treatment can last for a year or two, depending upon the exact product used in the JUVÉDERM® family line. Your results can vary somewhat depending upon your own individual genetics and lifestyle. Each product has a time period in which it is effective. At some point, the injected treatment will be metabolized by your body, and touch-ups will be needed to maintain your increased facial volume.