Do your cheeks look a little different lately? Have you started to notice a change in the way the skin feels or looks around the middle of your face? Are you seeing the effects of sunken or hollow cheeks, or has the skin in your cheeks started to sag? If you are going through any of these common experiences, the medical experts at Hanna Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Hinsdale, IL can help. One of our most effective treatments is Juvederm Voluma: a dermal filler that addresses loss of volume in the cheeks.
What Is Juvederm Voluma?
Juvederm is a line of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. It is manufactured by Allergan, which also makes Botox, and it comes in several different varieties. The different versions of Juvederm offer effective and targeted treatments for different areas of the face: especially the lips, cheeks, and lower facial lines.
Juvederm Voluma is the specific type of Juvederm that is uniquely designed to address volume loss in the mid-face region of the cheek. The filler can also be used to lift or refine the cheek line. It is a long-lasting and effective way to treat cheek-related aesthetic issues.
How Do Juvederm Treatments Work?
Juvederm is an injectable hyaluronic acid filler, and it looks a bit like a liquid or a gel. The filler contains a concentration of hyaluronic acid, which is something that our skin can use to restore volume to certain areas of the face, especially if they have lost volume because of aging. When administered by a trained injector, it can provide targeted treatment to a specific area.
All varieties of Juvederm work according to the same principle. This is true whether they are treating the cheeks, the lips, or facial lines and folds. The different versions of Juvederm primarily differ in their thickness and how much volume they are likely to restore to a given area. However, they all operate by giving a patient more hyaluronic acid.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharide sugar. It is a natural substance found in human skin. Hyaluronic acid is designed to attract water around it, binding to water molecules with a powerful chemical bond.
Because this tiny sugar can attract a thousand times its own weight in water, it can add an enormous amount of volume to a person’s skin. It has other functions, too. It aids in the healing process and also helps lubricate our joints and keep them functioning. But the most important thing to know is that hyaluronic acid helps keep our skin hydrated and full. As we age, we start to need more of it.
Why Do I Need More Hyaluronic Acid?
The aging process causes us to lose hyaluronic acid. The acid breaks down over time and is absorbed by our skin. While our bodies do replace reserves of hyaluronic acid by producing more, the amount we lose is usually more than what we can replace.
As we lose hyaluronic acid, our skin retains less and less water. This can contribute to the appearance of wrinkles, thinner lips, heavy facial lines, and volume loss in the cheeks. Hyaluronic acid fillers refill the hyaluronic acid that we’ve lost, restoring a natural-looking youthfulness to our skin.
What Is Special About This Type of Juvederm?
Because our cheeks age slightly differently than other facial skin, a different consistency of Juvederm is needed. Our cheek skin is usually thicker than most other places on the face. The filler can be injected deeper than other versions of Juvederm. Because of this, it can provide longer results and even last up to two years.
What Are the Benefits of Juvederm Voluma?
This version of Juvederm remains the first and only FDA-approved injectable gel for the area of the cheek. The filler is popular among patients for more than a few reasons.
It Can Add Volume to Your Cheeks
The main purpose of the filler is to add volume that has been lost in the cheeks. This can help correct the “sunken cheeks” look that many patients experience in middle age (and sometimes even earlier). While a number of other dermal fillers can also address facial lines and wrinkles, Juvederm’s solution for the cheeks is an exceptionally effective treatment.
It Can Create a Subtle Lift and Contour
Adding volume is not the only way to make the cheeks look younger. Trained medical professionals can administer Juvederm with pinpoint accuracy, allowing them to take a subtle approach to contouring the shape of the cheek. An injector can plump the apple of the cheek or lift the cheek line. Either of these approaches can also help minimize the effects of sagging cheeks.
It Delivers Natural-Looking Results
Juvederm is popular in part because it gives very natural-looking results. The hyaluronic acid is not the primary cause of the added volume––instead, it is the water that is retained. A well-hydrated area of skin around the cheek will look much more naturally “full” than a cheek that has been filled with a less natural substance.
It Contains Lidocaine for Your Comfort
Every vial of this filler comes with lidocaine, a local anesthetic that will help make your treatment session more comfortable. All current versions of Juvederm use this anesthetic, as it provides significant benefits both in terms of comfort and optimal treatment results.
It Is a Non-Surgical Treatment Option
You can rest assured that when you elect to get Juvederm treatment, you won’t have to endure many of the challenges that come with a full surgical operation. Juvederm is minimally-invasive, and the gel is delivered to the treatment area with a super-fine needle. This allows patients to skip the incisions and long recovery period and also drastically reduces the risk of scarring.
It Is a Very Fast Treatment Option
Juvederm is one of the most efficient treatment options around. A typical session may be completely finished before an hour has passed. In many cases, a session is completed even earlier: sometimes in just 20 or 30 minutes! Patients are able to get this treatment on their lunch break and return to work afterward.
It Doesn’t Require Any Downtime
Juvederm is a perfect treatment option for busy professionals or for anyone who can’t afford to take a lot of time off work in order to recover. In many cases, patients return to work or continue their normal activities immediately following the treatment. Unlike such procedures as liposuction or a facelift, there is no need for an extensive recovery period.
It Is Widely Used and Respected
Each year in the USA, millions of patients get some form of Juvederm treatment. The first versions of the filler came out in 2006, giving the treatment a long track record of satisfied patients. Many dermatologists, cosmetic professionals, and medical practices offer Juvederm because the results are consistently excellent.
It Is FDA-Approved
Of course, it would be difficult to imagine so many practices offering a treatment that didn’t have the approval of the FDA. The original form of Juvederm was FDA-approved in 2006, and various different varieties have been approved in the following years. For their version of Juvederm treatment for restoring volume to the cheeks, Allergan received FDA approval in 2013.
It Delivers Fast Results
Juvederm delivers results that are instantaneous. You don’t need to wait around for months to see whether or not you’re having a reaction to the treatment. Most patients can see some change on the very first day. Over the course of the next two weeks, the filler will set, and you will start to see your ideal results after this point.
It Delivers Long-Lasting Results
Many dermal fillers will only deliver positive results for about six to nine months, depending on the treatment area and brand used. This will vary, obviously, but Juvederm’s cheek filler is able to continue to show positive results for two years after the injection. This incredibly durable treatment saves patients considerable time and money when you consider the difference between getting follow-up treatments every two years versus once every six months.
What Should I Expect From Treatment?
Many patients want to know about the treatment process. There are a few things you probably already know, such as that results may vary from patient to patient, and that every patient has a specific set of aesthetic goals. Not everyone wants to achieve exactly the same result. Fortunately, Juvederm is versatile enough to handle some variety in goals, but there are a few steps that are common to most treatment programs.
The treatment begins with an in-person consultation at our office. A member of the Hanna Facial Cosmetic Surgery staff will get to know you and understand what your treatment goals are. We discuss medical history and make sure that there are no allergies to lidocaine or any other potential barriers to treatment. After making sure that this specific treatment is your best choice, we will proceed to the next step.
Preparation for Treatment
Juvederm does not require a lengthy or difficult preparation process. Many patients are asked to avoid retinol or medical creams on the skin around their treatment area for at least two days before the session. In addition, patients are asked to avoid alcohol for 24 hours before the session. Finally, we advise patients to avoid aspirin before their treatment, usually for at least a week before the session.
The Treatment Session
When you come to our office, you will be able to relax and get comfortable. It helps the injection process to have patients as relaxed as possible, and our staff will do everything to help put you completely at ease. The Juvederm filler is administered by a skilled professional. After the session, you will be free to resume most of your typical activities.
After the Treatment
After treatment, you will want to make sure you keep the treatment area free from anything that might irritate or disrupt it. This means that patients are asked to avoid massages, direct sunlight, and extreme hot or cold for at least a few days after the session. In addition, strenuous exercise and alcohol for the first 24 hours are also not advisable.
When Will I See Results?
For the first two weeks after treatment, your filler will bond with the natural elements already present of your skin. In the case of a hyaluronic acid filler, this means that it will bind to the water in your skin, creating a fuller look. Although you will see results right away, they will change over the course of the first two weeks as the filler “settles.”
How Can I Maintain My Results?
Although results can often last a long time, most patients find that this particular filler starts to subside after a two-year period. In these instances, some maintenance treatments are usually the best way to keep your cheeks looking full. Our staff will help you develop a long-term treatment plan in order to maintain ideal results.
How Can I Get Started?
The best way to get started is to contact us! Our staff is here to help you, and together we can achieve a supple, full look that lends your cheeks a youthful glow. Contact Hanna Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Hinsdale, IL and see what Juvederm Voluma can do for you!