Juvederm XC® and other facial fillers

JUVEDERM XC® and VOLUMA XC® Newport Beach

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Are you starting to notice sagging skin or loss of volume on your face which can make you look drawn, tired and older? Maybe it’s time to find out about some non-surgical options that can improve your appearance and take years off your face in just one visit to Dr. Katie’s Beautiful You Aesthetics.

Why does skin begin to sag?

There are a number of reasons including age, sun exposure, climate, seasons, genetics and ethnicity, diet, exercise, etc. Let’s consider the chemistry of the skin. Young, healthy-looking skin has an abundance of naturally-occurring and hydrating molecules called hyaluronic acid (HA). HA molecules hold up to 1,000 times their weight in water and thus add to the volume and support as well as the hydrated appearance of the skin. Sun, wind, climate and aging all gradually reduce the amount of HA in the skin beginning around age 30. This decrease of HA causes the skin to lose volume, support and structure.It’s been shown that beginning at age 30, we start to lose 1-4% of our skin’s collagen every year This loss of volume and elasticity of the skin results in unwanted  wrinkles, rhytides and folds. Examples are the lines that look like parentheses at the sides of your nose and mouth.

What can I do to reduce facial sagging and wrinkles?

One option is facial dermal fillers such as Juvederm XC®, Voluma XC®, Restylane® and Radiesse® are  among the HA products and has been shown to increase facial volume and reduce sagging and wrinkling. Most of these facial fillers will last 9-12 months in the tissue and some of the newer ones may last up to 18-24 months. These dermal fillers are non-surgical treatments that are safe in patients without a history of allergic reactions to any of the ingredients in the gel. These fillers contain hyaluronic acid (HA) which is basically the same HA that your body already has in the skin and joints as well as many other tissues. However, many of them also contain lidocaine so it is important to discuss any allergies or sensitivities with your doctor prior to any injections.

For increased longevity of the effects, check out our ArqueDerma page for information on an advanced, patented technique that Dr. Katie has been trained and licensed to do. The results are even more long-lasting and may increase the lift as well as lead to improvement in skin texture with the ArqueDerma procedure combined with dermal fillers.

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Juvederm – Before/After

Juvederm® is currently available in 5 different formulations: Juvederm Ultra XC®, Juvederm Ultra Plus XC®, Voluma XC®, Volbella XC® and Vollure XC®. They all vary in the size and structure or cross linking of the hyaluronic acid (HA) molecules which makes each one ideally suited for finer or deeper lines, more or less volume replacement or for different parts of the face. For instance, Voluma XC is FDA approved specifically for adding volume to the cheeks and Volbella XC® is for the lips and small surrounding lip lines. At Dr. Katie’s Beautiful You, Dr. Katie will evaluate your needs and make recommendations for which filler(s) would be best for your individual enhancement needs.

 

Juvederm® XC and Volbella XC for Lip Enhancement

Juvederm® Ultra XC and Volbella XC may also be used to produce fuller, smoother lips.  Women (and some men) may consider lip enhancement for many reasons. Over time, sun exposure and repetitive movements which occur with talking, eating, drinking and pursing of lips as well as other environmental factors cause a decrease in the body’s natural substances such as collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. These substances begin to decrease at the rate of 1-4% per year starting around age 30. This is most visibly evident in the facial areas and also includes the lips. One of the most visible results is that our lips become thinner and flatter, losing their fullness. In addition, the corners of the mouth may begin the droop, giving the appearance of an unintended frown.

The lips have an extremely thin outer layer thus making them particularly vulnerable. This thin outer layer naturally becomes progressively thinner as we age. In addition, the corners of the mouth may begin to droop; thus giving the appearance of displeasure or frowning. The V-shaped middle area of the upper lip known as the Cupid’s bow also begins to flatten out; this contributes to the appearance of thinner, smaller lips. In other words, over time our lips naturally lose their youthful fullness.

The skillful injection of certain approved facial fillers, such as Juvederm® and Volbella®, into the lips can help restore that youthful appearance you thought was gone. By adding or replacing the lost volume and hyaluronic acids, your lips can again look full, smooth, youthful and well, sexy – the way you want them to.

Natural-looking Before & After Lip Injection Results*

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See more dramatic results by clicking on the above image which will take you to Allergan’s website for a demo of VolumaXC®. All of the examples there are dynamic. When you move the vertical divider tool left or right, you’ll experience the before and after comparison for each patient.*

Other Considerations

Most side effects from Juvederm products or any of the HA fillers are mild to moderate and temporary. They may include local redness, slight bruising, tenderness or lumps/firmness at the injection sites. These side effects, if they do occur at all, usually resolve within a few days so it is advisable to have your treatment more than one to two weeks prior to any big event or planned photo opportunity.

If you are considering any type of injectable or filler such as Juvederm XC® or Juvederm Voluma XC®, be sure to avoid any medications that can cause thinning of the blood or may cause increased bruising. These meds include over-the-counter products such as aspirin, any of the ibuprofens, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) or prescriptions such as Coumadin/warfarin, Plavix or many others.

Juvederm XC® and Juvederm Voluma XC® are contraindicated in anyone who is allergic to lidocaine or the purified proteins which are used in the production of the HA products.

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To learn more about Juvederm XC®, Juvederm Voluma XC® or any of the other injectable dermal and facial filler products, request a personal consultation with Dr. Katie. Call  to make an appointment. Please call our office at:

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