If you pay attention to beauty trends and recommendations from the best beauty gurus, then you’ve probably heard about dermal fillers. While there are many dermal fillers available, at Plastic Surgery Specialists of South Florida in Hollywood, FL, we know that Juvederm is one of the best collections. This family of fillers is formulated with hyaluronic acid and produces consistent, long-lasting results.
The unique formulas in this collection are each curated to treat specific concerns, so there is certainly a filler variant that is right for you. But what else do you need to know about this filler before your schedule your first appointment?
How Often Can You Get Juvederm Treatments?
When it comes to selecting an aesthetic treatment to help you reach your appearance goals, many people focus on how long the treatment lasts. After all, knowing the longevity of the treatment will tell you how often you should have the treatment – and that translates directly to the overall upkeep of the treatment so you can enjoy ongoing results. For the Juvederm collection of fillers, the unique texture and purpose of each filler give you the ability to customize your treatment.
However, it’s important to know that each variant of this filler lasts a different length of time. This can be attributed to the different consistency of each filler, which may be processed more slowly or quickly by the body. In general, though, you can expect to have maintenance appointments every one or two years depending on the filler you are using and what areas of the face you are treating.
Fillers Are Temporary
Unlike plastic surgery, dermal fillers are designed to be temporary solutions for anti-aging concerns, which means it’s hard to find any filler that lasts for more than two years with consistent results. Part of the reason why fillers are temporary is because of the way metabolism impacts the way the filler formula is processed by the body.
Your individual metabolism plays a big role in how quickly a filler will remain active. Some people who have faster metabolisms or lead very active lifestyles may need to have more frequent treatments. This factor that determines the longevity of these fillers is called hyaluronic acid degradation.
Hyaluronic Acid Degradation
There are multiple factors that contribute to how quickly hyaluronic acid degrades in the body. Because hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body, we know a lot about which factors influence how long the acid is active. For example, when the skin is dehydrated or in need of healing, the body metabolizes existing hyaluronic acid more quickly. Things like sun exposure, your diet, and your facial movements can also contribute to how long your filler will last.
Many people are surprised to learn that the location of the filler plays such a large role in how long the results of this treatment will last. Areas of the face that are highly mobile, such as the area around the mouth, tend to have results that last for less than a year because the constant movement of the skin tissues causes the filler to degrade more quickly. This is also true for lip fillers.
It’s important to have realistic expectations for how long your results will last, but the exciting thing about this filler collection is that the results are always reliable. No matter where your injections are made, you can expect that your results will fade gradually over the course of several months, which gives you plenty of time to schedule touch-up appointments to maintain your results.
The general result timeframe for these fillers will range from one to two years, so you can realistically expect to enjoy results for a long time. Some specific timeframes include:
- Voluma XC for mid-face volume lasts 24 months
- Vollure XC for severe wrinkles lasts 18 to 24 months
- Volbella XC for lip enhancement lasts six to 12 months
- Ultra XC for volume rejuvenation lasts six to 12 months
Can You Extend Your Results?
If you like the results of your treatment, then it makes sense that you may want to extend your results so they last as long as possible. One of the most important things you can do, both as your results are settling and after you have your desired results, is limit how much you touch your face. Immediately after your treatment, you should not touch, rub, or scrub any treated areas for at least 24 hours.
After your results settle, you may also want to avoid using jade or derma rollers since this can make your filler break down more quickly. Other things you can do to extend your results include:
Avoid Sun Exposure
Experts say that unprotected sun exposure causes about 90% of age-related skin concerns and that same sun exposure has also been linked to dermal fillers breaking down more quickly. The best way to ensure that the results of your treatment will last for the desired length of time is to wear SPF 30 every day, especially when you plan to be outside. If you have fair skin, it may be a good idea to use stronger SPF and avoid spending times outdoors between 10 am and 4 pm.
Eat Healthy Foods
Eating a balanced diet of healthy foods will do more to improve the way your skin looks than anything else – and not only the skin on your face will benefit from having a better diet. When you eat a diet rich in lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, you are providing your skin with the building blocks of nutrients that will help your skin look better. Refined and processed foods, as well as high-salt diets, can all cause the proteins in your skin to break down more quickly.
Moderate Your Exercise
Although exercising is one of the best things you can do for your overall health, it’s important to remember that excessive exercising or high-impact exercise can increase your body’s metabolism – and increasing your metabolism will also cause your dermal filler to break down more quickly. This is especially true for the first week after your filler treatment, which is when your filler is “settling” into your skin. After the first week, you can return to your normal exercise routine without any worry.
Stress can affect the appearance of the skin in drastic ways. For example, the stress hormone cortisol is well known for causing injectable treatments to break down more quickly in the skin since cortisol negatively impacts collagen production. Not only will stress cause wrinkles to form on the skin, but high stress or constant stress can make the results of your treatment vanish more quickly.
For that reason, it’s best to do what you can to manage your daily stress. Make sure you have time for self-care, including mindfulness exercises, reading a book, or indulging in other relaxing activities every day.
Your everyday skincare routine can make a huge impact on how long the results of your treatment will last. When you can match your skincare products to the results of your filler, you may notice that the results of your treatment are enhanced. For example, using hyaluronic acid moisturizers can reinforce the hyaluronic acid filler and improve the collagen restoration of your treatment. Using retinoids and other curated skincare products can improve your skin health and appearance, as well.
Attending your regularly scheduled maintenance appointments will also help the results of your treatment last longer. The goal for most aesthetic treatments is to create results that are easy to maintain so you can enjoy a continuous aesthetic. By attending regular touch-up appointments when your results start to fade, you can enjoy your filler results without pause.
What Do You Need to Know About Juvederm Treatments?
The first thing you should know about your treatment with this collection of fillers is the fact that the treatment appointments will be very short and convenient. Dermal filler injections are sometimes called “lunchtime” treatments since they can be completed in about 30 minutes. Your treatment will involve injecting the special filler into targeted areas of your face until your optimal results are achieved. Some things you need to know about your treatment include:
Treatment Is Comfortable
Although this is an injectable treatment, there will be no pain associated with your appointment. Juvederm fillers are made with lidocaine, a local numbing agent, and we regularly use a topical numbing cream before the injections start so you can be comfortable during your treatment. Even after your treatment, you will not feel any discomfort.
Prepping for Treatment
If you want the best possible results from your treatment, then you should take certain steps before your appointment. Some steps you will need to take include temporarily stopping any anti-inflammatory or blood-thinning medications you may be taking; you may also need to stop taking certain supplements about three days before your treatment.
You should avoid drinking alcohol 24 hours before your appointment, and limit both caffeine and salt intake at least one day before your treatment. Each of these steps will prep your skin to receive the dermal injection.
Recovering From Treatment
Although there isn’t a specific downtime associated with this treatment since you will be able to drive yourself home or go back to work, there are some things you may want to do to ensure that your results develop as desired. Your initial recovery period will be about 24 to 48 hours, which is the time when you should be careful about touching or rubbing your face so you don’t disturb the filler as it settles.
It’s best if you can avoid excessive heat, sweating, hot water, saunas, hot tubs, and harsh chemicals on the face for one to three days after your appointment. As mentioned before, you should also avoid vigorous exercise for at least a week. Your diet during this time should be high in water and low in salt so that your skin has all the resources it needs to build new collagen.
Are You a Good Candidate?
To be a candidate for the Juvederm collection of fillers, you must be over 21 and you must not be allergic to any of the ingredients in the filler. Women who are pregnant or currently breastfeeding are not good candidates. We will be able to verify that these dermal fillers are good options for you during your consultation appointment. Some factors we will look at include your skin condition and your aesthetic goals.
Juvederm Is the Ideal Dermal Filler
Among all the dermal fillers currently on the market, Juvederm may be the most universally perfect filler around. The various fillers in this collection each treat a different aesthetic concern, which makes it easy to find a filler that will work for you. If you think this treatment is a good fit for you, contact Plastic Surgery Specialists of South Florida in Hollywood, FL to schedule your first appointment today.