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For many people when they think of the signs of aging, the first things they think of are wrinkles. Crow’s feet, the 11s, wrinkles under the eyes. They don’t think much about volume loss, probably because it’s happening under the skin. But if you compare photos of the same person at age 20 or 25 and then at 50, in most cases it’s volume loss that shows itself the most.
How? The cheeks that were plump and relatively round are now hollow and flat. The area around the mouth looks sunken, and lines have formed around the mouth and from the nose downward. Gaunt wouldn’t be the right word, but sunken, saggy, and loose could probably be pretty apt.
At Bucay Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics in San Antonio, we use two products from the Juvéderm® family of dermal fillers to replace this lost volume for our patients, and take five to 10 years off their visible age.
What is Juvéderm?
Dermal fillers are true to their name in how they work. They “fill” the space created by volume loss or the depressed area of a wrinkle or crease. They are injected under the skin in the target area and fill in the void. There are naturally derived and synthetic dermal fillers.
Juvéderm® is a family of naturally derived dermal fillers that are made of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that occurs naturally in the human body.
Juvederm is responsible for plumping and firming the skin, as well as lubricating the joints.
Why has my face lost volume?
Volume loss is a natural part of the aging process, but there are a couple of culprits who merit much of the blame — collagen and elastin. Collagen is a protein that is responsible for providing structural support under the skin to keep it firm and taut. Elastin keeps the skin supple and pliable.
The problem is that after we hit the age of 20, our bodies begin to produce dramatically less and less of these two proteins that together keep the skin looking young. In fact, from your 20th to your 50th birthday, your production of collagen drops 30 percent. Hello sunken cheeks and saggy skin.
How does Juvéderm and Juvéderm Voluma work?
All Juvederm fillers work the same way. Once injected under the skin in the target area, the hyaluronic acid in the filler binds with nearby water molecules to fill the area and hydrate and plump the skin. Different Juvederm products target different areas of the face and the lips.
Uses for Juvéderm
You may appreciate parentheses if you’re writing and you need to make an aside. You don’t appreciate them when they show up on your face. Parentheses are the lines that are shaped like parentheses and form at the corners of your mouth. Nasolabial folds, also called smile or laugh lines, are the lines that run from the lower part of your nose down to your mouth. Juvéderm® XC targets these volume loss problems around the mouth, filling these lines from beneath.
Uses for Juvéderm Voluma
The clinical term is “age-related midface volume loss.” You know it as flat, sagging cheeks. Where your young cheeks were plump and somewhat round, your older cheeks are flat and, in many cases, hollow. This is due to collagen loss, along with the unending pull of gravity. Juvéderm Voluma® XC is formulated to add volume beneath the skin’s surface to lift and contour the cheek area. It returns the plumpness that is a tenet of more youthful cheeks.
How long does Juvéderm last?
Juvéderm® XC will work to eliminate or minimize your lines and creases around your mouth for one year. At that point, your body will begin to absorb the filler and you’ll need to return to the Bucay Center for another Juvederm session.
Juvéderm Voluma® XC is the longest-lasting hyaluronic acid. It keeps filling out your cheeks for up to two full years.
With both of these fillers, follow-up visits to maintain your results usually require less product to achieve the same results.
Juvéderm Side Effects
The most common side effects include tenderness, swelling, firmness, lumps/bumps, bruising, slight pain, redness, and mild itching at the injection sites. Juvéderm Voluma® XC is somewhat thicker than Juvederm XC, so these side effects, although rare, are moderately uncomfortable and may last two weeks and sometimes longer. Any side effects with Juvéderm® XC tend to pass after a week or so.
These side effects have proven to be generally rare, but are moderately uncomfortable and can last for two weeks and sometimes longer.
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Each of us ages in a way that is unique to us. You can have more control over your own aging process with the help from Dr. Vivian Bucay. Contact our offices in La Casita and Sonterra for more information. Dr. Vivian Bucay proudly serves San Antonio TX and surrounding areas.