Are you noticing an increase in the wrinkles and lines on your face? Do you have deepening laugh lines, nasolabial folds, or crow’s feet, and it seems like they just keep getting more noticeable? These are all completely common situations that many people experience at some point in their lives. Fortunately, there is a fast and effective treatment for these problems. It’s called Juvederm, and you can find it from your medical experts at Gold Skin Care Center in Nashville, TN.
What Causes Skin to Look Like This?
With the passage of time, many patients find that the wrinkles, lines, and folds on the skin can become quite pronounced. These are especially pronounced anywhere the skin regularly moves. Frown lines or laugh lines can become increasingly deepened. Although these change the appearance on the skin’s surface, many of the reasons for these deepening wrinkles are based in the underlying layers of the skin.
Loss of Collagen or Elastin
As our skin matures, the decrease of the proteins collagen and elastin can change the skin’s consistency. These proteins are essential for maintaining the shape of our skin. Elastin helps the skin retain its shape when stretched, returning it to its previous shape. Collagen keeps the skin strong and connected. When these proteins become less prevalent in our skin, they become less effective. As a result, the skin does not feel as taut or supple as it did in previous years.
Changing Skin Consistency
In addition, there are other changes that take place in our skin as we age. We often lose some of the volume in our cheeks or lips because we lose some of the elements that keep our skin hydrated. Hyaluronic acid fillers like the ones we offer at Gold Skin Care Center will restore this quality and return volume in the process.
What Are My Treatment Options?
There are a number of different types of treatments that are aimed at restoring skin volume, smoothing lines, and eliminating wrinkles.
Relax Muscles With Neurotoxins
Some of the first injectables ever developed are known as neurotoxins. These injections work by blocking signals between the nerves and the muscles. This causes the muscles to contract less than they otherwise would, and this leads to fewer wrinkles appearing on the surface of the skin. Famous neurotoxins include Dysport, Xeomin, and the ever-popular Botox.
Stimulate Collagen Growth
Other treatment options focus on regrowing your collagen supply. These approaches are popular with some people because they essentially encourage your body to improve itself over a long period of time. The drawback is that the process is slow and treatment often takes six months to achieve ideal results. Some well-known brands for regrowing collagen include Bellafill, Radiesse, and Sculptra.
Return Volume With Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Hyaluronic acid is a chemical that naturally appears in your skin. It is something that we all have, but some of us don’t have enough of it. It begins to subside as we age, and even people in their twenties can benefit from a hyaluronic acid filler. When hyaluronic acid is restored, it binds to water in a way that adds volume that has been lost. Some examples of hyaluronic acid fillers are Belotero, Restylane, and Juvederm.
What Is Juvederm?
This filler is one of the most popular hyaluronic acid fillers on the market today. It has been used millions of times to treat crow’s feet, nasolabial folds, frown lines, marionette lines, hollow cheeks, thin lips, and a host of other conditions.
Natural Volume Restoration
This filler is an injectable substance that is liquid or gel-like in its consistency. When injected into the skin, it will begin to bind to the water molecules that are in your skin. This is the primary function of hyaluronic acid. It binds to water and keeps it in your skin rather than allowing it to dissipate.
When we lose our natural reserves of hyaluronic acid, our skin retains less water, and this can lead to volume loss, deep facial lines, or wrinkles on the surface. Improving water retention can combat these issues as well as supply a pleasing natural suppleness to the skin quality.
Time-Tested and FDA-Approved
This filler was originally approved by the FDA in 2006 after clinical trials showed that it was safe for use. It has a long track record of successful and reliable results. Many patients have found their results to be beyond what they anticipated and return to get maintenance treatments on an annual basis.
A Proven Alternative to Botox
Some patients find that they have increased resistance to Botox over time. This is because the body identifies Botox as a foreign substance and in some cases, people notice that it has a decreased effectiveness. Although this doesn’t happen to everyone, some patients decide to switch their treatment. Hyaluronic acid fillers are based on a substance that already is in your body, so they are a great option in cases where Botox is not still delivering the best possible results.
Multiple Varieties of Filler
There are different types available, depending on your desired treatment area. Each mixture contains a unique balance of hyaluronic acid as well as lidocaine: a local anesthetic used to make the treatment more comfortable and ease the recovery process.
What Areas Can Be Treated?
Each different variety works with a specific target area. One of the reasons for the popularity of this brand of treatment is that it’s so adaptable. It is primarily used for cheeks, lips, and the lower areas of the face. However, it can also treat areas around the brow and eyes, depending on the patient and their treatment needs.
Are your cheeks sagging? Do they seem to be losing some of their thickness? Do they have an increasingly “hollow” look that makes you look tired or worn out? In reality, this may just be due to a decline in your hyaluronic acid. By treating it with additional hyaluronic acid, we can restore a fuller shape to the cheeks.
Patients will see a lifted, defined contour that is both natural and long-lasting. In this case, the filler is usually injected into a lower skin layer than in other cases. The hyaluronic acid becomes absorbed into the skin at a deep level. Because it is delivered to this deeper layer, patients can experience positive results for up to two years after their treatment session.
This is one of the most noticeable changes of aging. Thin lips are often incorrectly associated with age or with ill health, but the truth is that it is a completely natural occurrence and can happen at any age. Many patients find that the full, plump lips they had in their teens and twenties begin to lose volume quickly.
Fortunately, this can be fixed with the same approach that restores volume to the cheeks. Lips are a sensitive area of the face, and as a result, the injections into the lips are not as deep. The lips can witness amazing changes and increased fullness, with positive results showing for a year after treatment.
There are quite a few areas on the face where lines can show up. They often start small and get increasingly pronounced the longer they are left untreated. Crows’ feet are among the earliest signs of aging. These are lines near the outside edges of the eyes that become greater whenever we squint. They often begin appearing as early as a person’s twenties or thirties.
Lines on the Face
Other lines on the face can include nasolabial folds, or laugh lines, that appear around the mouth and lower parts of the face. Different varieties of filler may be needed depending on the severity of these folds. Even in cases where they are severe, significant improvement can be made with hyaluronic acid fillers, and positive results can last for a year to eighteen months.
Will Results Be Immediate?
This is one of the questions that patients so often ask: how soon can I expect results from Juvederm? Although every patient is different, results from this treatment are usually very quick to appear. Most patients will see a difference right away. However, the change will continue to evolve for a short time after injection due to the nature of the process. We advise patients not to judge their results until at least two weeks after the treatment session.
After Two Weeks
Some results are visible immediately. During the next few days, the filler will begin to settle as the hyaluronic acid binds to your dermal layer. Once the binding process is complete, you can consider the treatment “set” and will have a good idea of the long-term look.
One of the advantages with this treatment is that it delivers long-term consistency. It is not a treatment that looks good for one or two weeks and then suddenly disappears overnight. Many patients find that their aesthetic results are just as good a year after their primary treatment.
After you get your results, you will see a consistent look over the next year or two. Depending on the treatment area and the specific type of filler used, it will gradually be absorbed by your skin, and the volume-increasing effects will diminish. We advise patients to return for follow-up injections that will lengthen the lifespan of their treatment. These maintenance sessions often require less of the filler than the initial session did.
Are You a Candidate?
Candidates for this treatment are anyone who wants to mitigate the effects of aging on their facial skin. The typical candidate is noticing a decrease in volume in their cheeks or lips. In addition, they may have defined lines on their faces that they want to treat, especially when it comes to nasolabial folds.
Although many patients are in their 40s or 50s, there are plenty of patients who need to address these facial lines as early as their 20s. The treatment is designed for safe use for most potential patients who are over 21.
Your Personal Consultation
Before treatment, we will meet with you in person for an initial aesthetic consultation. This in-person meeting will allow us to get an accurate idea of what sorts of changes you want to make. We also will get an idea of your medical history and medications. Hyaluronic acid does not cause allergic reactions because it is a naturally occurring substance in the body. However, treatment is not advised for anyone who is currently pregnant or breast-feeding.
If you decide that this treatment is not for you, we also have many other methods of addressing aesthetic concerns.
Alternative Dermal Fillers and Injectables
There are a number of other wonderful treatment options currently available from Gold Skin Care Center. Should you choose another option, these can also provide excellent results with different methods.
For anyone struggling with nasolabial folds, this is an excellent choice. Bellafill does not require maintenance treatments and is considered a permanent filler. It works by encouraging the growth of new collagen in your system.
Belotero is another hyaluronic acid filler that is mostly used in the areas around the nose, mouth, and lips. It is sometimes injected at a higher level than other fillers and results typically last from six months to a year.
Botox is a neurotoxin that is widely-used and well-trusted. It is especially effective at minimizing wrinkles on the upper part of the face. For this reason, many patients use Botox for these upper “trouble spots” and hyaluronic acid for the mouth and lower “trouble spots.”
Dysport is best for patients who are experiencing moderate-to-severe glabella lines. These lines are often referred to as “frown lines,” “furrows,” or “elevens,” because they typically appear as two parallel lines. It works much like Botox but is a popular alternative for this target area.
Radiesse is a collagen-stimulating filler. It can treat wrinkled skin on the face and is often used for treating finer lines. In addition, Radiesse is a popular choice for restoring volume to aging hands.
Restylane comes in a few different varieties, including Restylane Silk and Restylane Lyft. This is a hyaluronic acid filler with multiple applications.
Sulptra is a collagen-inducing treatment that works slowly over a period of about six months. It does not work as quickly as hyaluronic acid fillers. The advantage is that collagen treatments last for a long time. For those who can afford to wait for their results, they are natural-looking and durable. Sculptra is a great choice for deep lines and creases.
Like Botox and Dysport, Xeomin is a neurotoxin that works on lines on the upper part of the face. It is a popular treatment for frown lines as well as for crows’ feet.
Any of these treatments is available at Gold Skin Care Center in Nashville, TN. We know that our patients are diverse, with their own unique goals, and we are proud to offer a wide variety of options to our guests.
Are you tired of looking tired? Are you ready to get rid of the lines on your face, or to restore volume to your lips and cheeks? You can reclaim your youthful look with Juvederm and see real, lasting results after just two weeks. Contact Gold Skin Care Center in Nashville, TN to schedule your aesthetic consultation today!