When it comes to the signs of aging, everyone always thinks of wrinkles, but volume loss could be more of a concern. As our bodies produce less and less collagen — 30 percent less from our 20th to 50 birthdays — our skin has less of the structural support it needs. Plus, throw in sun damage from our sunny Texas skies and the combination is easy to see: hollow cheeks, sagging skin, thinning lips, and other volume issues.
At Creative Image Laser, we offer various Juvéderm® formulations to address various issues caused mainly by volume loss. Here’s some information on the four Juvéderm® options.
What is Juvéderm®?
If you’re checking out this blog, odds are you’ve probably heard of Juvéderm®. It, along with Restylane, are the world’s two most popular dermal fillers. Both are hyaluronic acid-based. Hyaluronic acid is 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.
What do the different Juvéderm® fillers address?
- Juvéderm® XC
Parentheses have their place in factoring in your teenager’s algebra class, but they’re an unwelcome denizen on your face. Parentheses lines are the lines that form on each side of your mouth. And then you have the creases on the side of the nose that extend to the corners of the mouth, smile lines. 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® Voluma XC
Doctors may call it “age-related midface volume loss;” you call it hollow, 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®Ultra XC
You may not think about your lips with facial aging, but our lips lose volume just like everywhere else. They become thinner as we get older. Plus, some women just have thin lips. Juvéderm® Ultra XC is designed to plump thin lips.
- Juvéderm®Volbella XC
This addition to the Juvederm family is brand new, coming on the market in the summer of 2016. Whereas Ultra XC adds fullness and plumps 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?
The longest lasting Juvéderm® product is Voluma, which restores cheek volume for up to two years. Otherwise, Volbella, Ultra, and Juvéderm® generally last around one year.
When addressing the signs of aging, volume support is every bit as important as addressing wrinkles. Call us at Creative Image, 325-641-1927, and ask about our Juvéderm® options.