Hyaluronic acid and collagen are important for smooth, resilient, and well-supported skin that looks youthful and plump. The amount of these key substances in the skin diminishes with aging. This change leads to the gradual development of facial creases and a shift in facial contours, creating a tired, aged-looking appearance. With Juvederm®, our Los Angeles-based injectors at Cassileth Plastic Surgery and Skin Care can smooth the skin, restoring a more youthful look. Juvederm® also works as a subtle lip filler.
The ease of treatments, consistent results, and other cosmetic benefits have made Juvederm® the top-selling filler collection in the world. The Juvederm® family of fillers is made with hyaluronic acid, with molecules of different weights cross linked to create a stable gel that binds to water for improved moisturization and hydration. This variety allows our master injectors to select the filler that is safe and specifically designed for your area of concern.
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There are five different fillers in the collection made by Allergan: Juvederm® XC, Juvederm® Ultra XC, Voluma®, Volbella®, and Vollure™. Our trained and experienced injectors—Albina Filatoff, RN, and Joy Edwards, RN, BSN—focus on tailoring each session to the patient. During your consultation, Albina or Joy will discuss your beauty goals and provide options to address areas you would like to see rejuvenated. This customized approach is key to achieving a look that is beautiful, natural, and long lasting.
There are three main areas Juvederm® fillers address:
With collagen loss comes flattened or hollowed cheeks. This loss of defined contours in the midface also translates into less structural support for facial tissues, which migrate downward and create jawline-softening jowls. Voluma® restores the midface contours, replacing previously lost volume that can last for up to two years.
Aging skin typically develops lines in specific general areas, such as between and around the nose and mouth. Juvederm® XC and Vollure™ "fill in" these moderate to severe wrinkles and creases, such as nasolabial folds, for a smoother look that lasts up to 18 months.
Some people are born with naturally thin lips. Others have full lips that thin out as time robs them of collagen and hyaluronic acid. Juvederm® Ultra XC and Volbella® are ideal for subtle lip augmentation that last up to a year. Depending on your aesthetic goals, subtle enhancement or full enhancement is possible. These fillers can also address "lipstick lines," which are fine vertical wrinkles that form around the mouth.
Although Juvederm® injections are often described as small pinches, the various formulas contain lidocaine, a numbing agent, to reduce sensitivity in the treatment area for a more comfortable session.
The total number of injections, as well as the length of the appointment, will depend on the areas being treated, the degree of treatment desired, and other factors. Generally, the sessions are brief—taking only the time of a typical "lunch hour."
Patients can expect slight swelling, redness, and similar side effects for a short while after their injections. Once these temporary issues resolve, the resulting smooth skin, lifted contours, and enhanced lips will be visible. We advise all our patients to avoid blood-thinning agents like Ibuprofen and Aspirin for 10 days prior to their treatment to avoid excessive bruising.
The Cassileth Plastic Surgery and Skin Care team wants every patient to get the best, most personalized care possible. We offer multiple dermal fillers—including Restylane®, Radiesse®, and Sculptra®—to ensure a wide range of treatment options for a variety of patient needs and goals.
As a clear gel filler, Juvederm® works well on creases and contour changes that result from the natural aging process, while BOTOX® is more appropriate for wrinkles that appear as facial muscles contract and relax repeatedly over the years. Fine lines and spots can be addressed with laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels.
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