When considering aging on their faces, many people focus on wrinkles. And while wrinkles are an obvious sign of aging, they probably aren’t the problem with the skin that makes us truly show our age. That would be volume loss.
Don’t believe it? Find a photo of you at 20 and another at 50 and put them side-by-side. Unless you’ve been a total sun goddess, the wrinkles probably aren’t what jump out. Instead what you see are the hollow cheeks, the sagging skin, thinning lips, and other volume issues.
Between the ever-decreasing production of collagen (the skin’s structural support protein) and the ceaseless tug of gravity, it seems everything is going south.
That’s why we offer the Juvéderm® family of dermal fillers at Troy Laser Center, our cosmetic dermatology extension — to replace lost volume.
WHAT IS JUVÉDERM®?
You’ve probably heard of hyaluronic acid. It’s a naturally occurring substance in the bodies of humans (and most other mammals) that is responsible for binding with water molecules under the skin to hydrate, plump, and firm the skin.
All the Juvéderm® fillers are hyaluronic acid based. For this reason, Juvéderm® is classified as a naturally derived filler, versus other “synthetic” fillers.
WHAT DO THE DIFFERENT JUVÉDERM® FILLERS ADDRESS?
- Juvéderm® XC
Nasolabial folds, parentheses lines, and marionette lines are common signs of aging. You hear about all sorts of “anti-aging” serums and creams, but they only moisturize the skin’s surface. Juvéderm® XC adds volume beneath the skin to smooth these lines and folds.
- Juvéderm® Ultra Plus XC
Juvéderm Ultra Plus is made with larger particles, and it is meant to target deep creases and folds around the mouth. Ultra Plus is a good answer for erasing nasolabial folds running from the nose to the corner of the mouth, marionette lines running downward from the corners of the mouth, parentheses lines framing the sides of the mouth, and the vertical barcode lines that form just above the lips.
- Juvéderm® Voluma XC
Doctors may call it “age-related midface volume loss;” you call it sagging cheeks. Over time as you lose the collagen to support your skin and as your underlying muscles weaken, your cheeks flatten. Juvéderm® Voluma XC is designed to add volume beneath the skin’s surface to lift and contour the cheek area. Plump cheeks are generally considered to be a tenet of a younger look.
- Juvéderm Vollure XC
Juvéderm Vollure XC is designed for the correction of moderate to deep creases and wrinkles such as nasolabial folds running from the nose down to the corners of the mouth, parentheses lines framing the mouth, and marionette lines dropping downward from the corners of the mouth.
- Juvéderm® Volbella XC
This addition to the Juvéderm family came on the market in the summer of 2016. Whereas Ultra Plus XC can be used to add visible fullness and plump thin lips, Volbella XC is tailored to add subtle volume to the lips and smooth the appearance of vertical lip lines.
HOW LONG DOES JUVÉDERM® LAST?
All Juvéderm® formulations are long lasting. Plus, future injections usually need less product to achieve the same results.
- Juvéderm XC lasts for about one year.
- Juvéderm® Ultra Plus XC treats deeper lines and creases for one year.
- Juvéderm® Voluma XC provides the longest-lasting hyaluronic acid filler results, restoring cheek volume for up to two years.
- Juvéderm Vollure XC provides results for up to 18 months.
- Juvéderm® Volbella XC adds subtle volume for one year, with 80 percent of people treated reporting improved satisfaction with their lips one year after treatment.
Interested in reversing the effects of volume loss from declining collagen and other effects of aging? Call usat Tri-County Medical / Troy Laser Center, (586) 979-5100, and ask about our Juvéderm dermal fillers.