The aging process stops for no one. If you’re discouraged or disheartened by the toll time has taken on your once smooth face, you don’t have to live with it. Deep lines and wrinkles can wreak havoc on your self-esteem and confidence. Mimi Lee, MD Aesthetic Care in Little Rock, AK can help you restore your self-assurance by turning back the clock with Juvederm.
What Causes the Signs of Aging?
One more candle on your cake signifies your age, but what causes the physical signs of aging on your face? A decline in the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid is the culprit. Collagen is the protein responsible for the structure of our skin, keeping it smooth, thick and taut. Elastin keeps our skin from stretching out, so it bounces back in place, while hyaluronic acid ensures our skin attracts and retains moisture for a dewy and supple look.
About the time we turn 18, production of all three are at an all-time high, but it’s thought we lose 1% production every year after that. As our production decreases, the structure of our skin breaks down, causing gaps below the surface. Our skin falls to fill in those gaps, creating wrinkles, lines, and folds.
Years ago, it used to be people would have to undergo invasive surgery to correct these imperfections—not anymore. Dermal fillers like Juvederm have cornered the market as an easy, accessible and affordable alternative to surgery.
What Is Juvederm?
Juvederm is a family of injectable dermal fillers made of synthetic hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is the substance naturally made by your body to bind to water and keep your skin hydrated. This treatment uses a gel form, directly injected into folds and deep lines to plump those areas up, adding natural-looking volume and a smoother, younger-looking appearance.
Depending on your area or areas of concern, your skincare specialist will help you determine the right dermal filler for your needs and expected results. Areas effectively treated by Juvederm include:
- Moderate to deep wrinkles
- Nasolabial folds—the lines from your nose to your mouth
- Crow’s feet
- Marionette lines
- Vertical lip lines
- Thinning lips
What to Expect
During your consultation, your face will be examined, and you’ll have an honest conversation about your concerns and expectations of treatment. Once you and your skincare specialist have partnered on your treatment plan, there is no prep. Because this treatment is minimally invasive, you may just be asked to pause taking blood-thinning supplements and over-the-counter medications like naproxen, aspirin, and ibuprofen.
On the day of your session, the injection site will be cleaned, and your provider may apply a topical numbing agent. Juvederm contains lidocaine, a pain-killing anesthetic, so the injections themselves ease pain too.
When treatment is complete, usually less than 30 minutes later, there is no downtime, so you can go back to your daily routine immediately. Your skincare specialist may provide you with instructions to maximize your results.
Besides being minimally invasive, unlike surgery, there’s also not the discomfort or downtime associated with treatments like harsh chemical peels, and the results from Juvederm are immediate. Clients leave looking years younger than when they walked in and, best of all, the results are natural-looking and not shockingly dramatic. People will notice a younger-looking, fresher and more rested appearance; not the “work” you’ve had done.
This treatment, depending on the client and area to be treated, can last as long as a year. If you follow your provider’s recommendation for maintenance treatments, your results can be seamless.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Anybody who is in generally good health and has concerns about the look of fine lines, deep wrinkles, loss of volume or folds on their face may be a good candidate. Only a consultation with your skincare specialist can determine your candidacy, but this is a universally well-received and effective treatment for clients of all ages, skin tones and types.
Dermal fillers of other kinds can fill in larger areas of lost volume like the cheek and temple areas or under the eyes. These types of fillers provide a restored contour and proportion to the face that can be lost with aging. Dermal fillers can also help lift down-turned corners of the mouth, giving you an overall happier look.
BOTOX goes to work on the source of dynamic wrinkles—movement. Over decades, we make the same facial expressions repeatedly with specific muscles, and the skin over those muscles goes along for the ride. BOTOX blocks the signal of the nerve from reaching the muscle, causing it to relax. When the muscle relaxes, the skin covering it smooths out. BOTOX can address:
- Frown lines
- Forehead lines
- Crow’s feet
- Bunny lines
BOTOX and its counterparts take about a week to show results. Once your wrinkles have smoothed, the results will last between 3-4 months, but regular follow-up treatments can keep results seamless. BOTOX was the first FDA approved injectable of its kind and has become the most requested cosmetic treatment in the world.
Call for a Consultation
With so many innovative and effective solutions available, you can love what you see in the mirror. When a youthful appearance is rejuvenated, clients report higher self-esteem and confidence, with a better overall sense of contentment and happiness.
When you’re ready to take control of your own aging process, give Mimi Lee, MD Aesthetic Care in Little Rock, AK a call. She and her professional team are dedicated to helping you to enjoy a higher quality of life through a restored and more vibrant version of yourself.