Throughout early life, our skin looks firm, plump, and smooth. Around middle age, we see this all change. It isn’t the few lines here and there that sound the alarms, it’s usually the speed at which the skin goes from tight and supple to loose and rough that gets our attention. Chemicals are the foundation of youthful skin and also the origin of aging. The chemicals that we concern ourselves with are collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid.
Without sufficient amounts of vital chemicals in the dermis and epidermis, the skin no longer looks as young and smooth. It is no longer as resilient as it once was. Fortunately, we have ways to bring these chemicals back into action. In the case of hyaluronic acid, we can infuse the skin by injecting this chemical beneath lines and creases. We do this because hyaluronic acid is a magnet for water molecules, and water molecules bound within tissue bring moisture, fullness, and natural contours to various parts of the face. Juvéderm is one of the most well-known families of hyaluronic acid fillers used today. Here, we discuss the various products and what they can do for your skin.
JUVÉDERM ULTRA XC AND ULTRA PLUS XC
These original dermal filler products have been used for years to correct common signs of aging such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Each contains specifically-sized hyaluronic acid particles in a gel base the provides softness and stability beneath the skin. The consistency of ULTRA and ULTRA PLUS fillers makes them well-suited to the correction of lines and folds around the nose and mouth and for lip augmentation in which more fullness is desired.
JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA XC
When we already have ULTRA and ULTRA PLUS fillers for lip augmentation, is there really a need for another option? Yes. Yes, there is. Juvéderm Volbella XC has been specially made using Vycross technology to create a softer, smoother product to enhance the delicate tissue around the mouth. Volbella is not only used at the edges of the lips to add definition but also around the mouth to smooth the fine lines that develop with age. When a subtle increase in volume is wanted, we may use Volbella. When a more noticeable increase in volume is desired, we may use ULTRA PLUS XC.
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA XC
Also made with Vycross technology, Voluma is the dermal filler that is formulated for deeper insertion beneath the skin. This structural filler is denser in its gel base to add contouring to the cheek area. Building out the cheekbones where they have flattened brings proportion back to the face. The focus on the cheeks can also provide a gentle lift at the jawline. Finally, addressing the upper cheek area with Voluma, the crease between the cheek and the lower eyelids can be smoothed. This makes undereye bags much less noticeable.
JUVÉDERM VOLLURE XC
The same Vycross technology that is used to make Volbella and Voluma exists in Vollure XC. This manufacturing process cross-links hyaluronic acid particles to decrease the molecular weight of each product. Like Volbella and Voluma, Juvéderm Vollure is characterized by precision in weight that makes it ideal for specific areas and uses. Vollure is used to correct nasolabial folds and other creases around the nose and mouth without affecting the suppleness of the skin when facial expressions are made.
Dr. Bucay and our staff are happy to help you discover which Juvéderm product is right for you. Call our Sonterra or La Casita office to schedule your visit.