When you look in a mirror, are you noticing deeply etched smile lines or marionette lines? Are your lips thinning and developing vertical lip lines that make your lipstick bleed? Are the corners of your mouth turning down making you look sad? Is your chin developing a deep crease? Are you seeing hollows under your eyes that make you look tired and haggard? The bad news is that these are all signs of an aging face. The good news is that dermal fillers can help correct these problems.
Dermal fillers are an inexpensive non-invasive way to correct volume loss in the face. They have evolved over the years to be safe, long lasting and easy to administer. Volume loss in your face makes you look tired, gaunt and older than you are. Replacing volume loss can make a big difference in how you look and how others see you.
I prefer using Allergan’s JUVÉDERM® XC family of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, which are JUVÉDERM® ULTRA XC, JUVÉDERM® ULTRA PLUS XC and the newer JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC that will be discussed in its own section. These injectable gels, which can be dissolved with a simple enzyme treatment if need be, are produced by cross-linking high concentrations of hyaluronic acid chains resulting in a smooth natural look and feel, and they come premixed with lidocaine for a more comfortable treatment experience. With a JUVÉDERM® XC treatment you will see an instant volume correction that may last up to a year or longer depending on the area injected and the product used. With Brilliant Distinctions®,you earn enough points to redeem a $20 coupon on each syringe of JUVÉDERM® XC.
JUVÉDERM® ULTRA XC is a great filler for areas where there is mild to moderate volume loss and thinner skin. Areas on a woman’s face such as thinning lips, mild nasolabial folds, oral commissures, perioral lip lines, mild glabellar lines and mild marionette lines respond well to this product. I compare the consistency of this product to a thick syrup. It forms a smooth layer under the skin. An optimal treatment with JUVÉDERM® ULTRA XC may last up to a year.
JUVÉDERM® ULTRA PLUS XC is a more viscous gel that is designed to fill areas with moderate to severe volume loss. It works well where more correction is needed and where the skin is thicker such as on a man’s face. Deep nasolabial folds and deep marionette lines respond well to this filler. An optimal treatment with JUVÉDERM® ULTRA PLUS XC may last a year or longer.
The injection procedure of these dermal fillers produces minimal discomfort. On areas of the face, a topical numbing cream is applied for 30 minuteS. For lip augmentation injections, a dental infiltrate with 1% Lidocaine is preformed to decrease discomfort. Once started, most dermal filler treatments take 30 minutes or less.
It is best to have a treatment plan when doing a lot of volume correction with dermal fillers. Too many injections in any one session can become unbearable. Filler can be applied in stages. Starting with the greatest area of concern is typical. In another session, other areas can be addressed or another layer of product can be applied.
Willo MediSpa is located in Central Phoenix, and we offer cosmetic anti-aging options. Contact us now to schedule a Complimentary Consultation to discuss the dermal fillers that are available and to develop a treatment plan that helps you achieve your aesthetic goals.