Juvederm is an FDA-approved injectable anti-aging treatment. Some anti-aging treatments can be injected virtually anywhere showing signs of aging, like the hands, chest, and lower face. This injectable is different in that there are several formulas, and each formula is designed with a specific area in mind. Today, our aesthetic experts at Mimi Lee, MD in Little Rock, AR are exploring how often you should get treatment, who qualifies, and more.
How Often Should You Get Juvederm?
You should get Juvederm injections every nine to 24 months depending on the formula used and other factors. For example, you shouldn’t need to come in for a touch-up session for two years if you get Voluma injections to augment your cheeks and lift sagging cheek skin. However, if you consume alcohol and nicotine regularly or you don’t wear sunscreen, there is a chance that you may need a follow-up treatment after just 12 to 18 months.
On the other hand, most people who receive Volbella injections need to come in once per year for a touch-up session. If you make caring for the health of your collagen an important part of your life, your results may remain satisfactory for 15 months or so.
How Can I Extend My Results?
You can ensure your final results last as long as possible by wearing sunscreen. Many factors damage the collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid your skin needs to look young and healthy. Some factors, like the natural aging process, can’t be avoided. However, you can wear broad-spectrum sunscreen diligently to protect your skin from harmful UVC rays. Similarly, you can avoid using tanning beds.
You can also ensure your final results last as long as possible by staying hydrated. People typically need around 96 ounces of water for optimal hydration, but your hydration needs may differ based on your body mass, activity level, and diet. The more water-dense foods you eat, the less hydration needs to come from hydrating beverages.
What Can I Expect During the Treatment Process?
You can expect the Juvederm treatment process to be quick and painless. We offer formulas that include lidocaine, an injectable numbing medication that numbs the treatment area within seconds of injection. The number of injections you will need to achieve your desired results depends on how many areas you are treating, the size of the areas you are treating, and the severity of your cosmetic concerns. However, sessions usually take 15 minutes to an hour.
How Should I Prepare for My Injection Session?
You don’t need to do too much to prepare for your injection session because it is a non-invasive treatment. However, it is important that you refrain from taking any blood-thinning pharmaceuticals for several days prior to your injections. Also, it is essential that your skin is not irritated at the time of your appointment. If it is, we will have to reschedule your appointment. To mitigate the risk of needing to reschedule, wear sunscreen for at least two weeks.
It is also important that you do not drink alcohol, consume tobacco products, or drink too much caffeine. Your blood pressure should be normal at the time of your appointment. Similarly, you may need to cut back on your salt intake a little prior to your treatment because excessive sodium consumption can also lead to high blood pressure. If you don’t want to cut down on your salt intake, try to add a little more potassium to your diet.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
If you are at least 22 years old and worried about facial volume loss, there is a good chance that you will qualify for this treatment. The hyaluronic acid in the formulas is bioidentical to the hyaluronic acid that your skin produces, so you don’t need to worry about an allergic reaction to the filler. However, we need to discuss your medical history thoroughly to verify your candidacy.
For instance, we need to know if you have a history of anaphylaxis or an allergy to lidocaine. We also need to know about the drugs and supplements you are currently taking or have taken recently. It is important that you do not take blood-thinners for several days prior to your treatment. Ask your doctor if it is okay for you to stop taking blood-thinners if they recommended daily blood-thinners due to a heart or blood condition.
Who Isn’t a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
This treatment is not appropriate for you if you are pregnant or nursing. It is also not appropriate for you if you have nursed your infant in the last six weeks. Also, you need to hold off on this treatment if you have been sick recently or your skin is irritated.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
Are you ready to turn back the hands of time and look years younger with just a couple of quick injections? If so, Juvederm injections may be right for you. Depending on the formula you need to achieve your desired results, you may need to get injections every nine months to two years. To learn more about this FDA-approved anti-aging treatment, contact the office of Mimi Lee, MD in Little Rock, AR, and schedule an appointment today.