Have you noticed changes in the appearance of your cheeks? Do they look a little less full than they used to look? Do you think they look less defined than they looked when you were younger? Are you dissatisfied with the definition and volume around your cheekbones? If so, you may benefit from Juvederm Voluma injections at Mariposa Aesthetics & Laser Center in Oklahoma City, OK. Here’s what you need to know about this safe, effective anti-aging treatment.
What Is Juvederm?
Manufactured by Allergan, the makers of Botox, Juvederm is a collection of dermal fillers used to restore the appearance of youth and health. While both brands are household names, Botox is an injectable muscle relaxant rather than a dermal filler.
Injectable muscle relaxants effectively reverse the signs of aging when they are caused by overactive muscles. On the other hand, dermal fillers are the ideal anti-aging solution when the concerns are caused by moderate-to-severe volume loss.
How Long Does Voluma Last?
Every dermal filler formula is different. What makes Voluma unique is the consistency of the gel. Like all of the other Juvederm formulas, this filler comprises hyaluronic acid. That said, the gel is much thicker than the gel that makes up the other fillers. Additionally, the hyaluronic acid (HA) in this gel has a much higher molecular weight.
Among the reasons that Juvederm is such a trusted dermal filler brand is that each formula is designed to be extremely effective in a different part of the face. This gel is so thick due to the extent of volume loss your cheeks experience due to the natural aging process. Thanks to the proprietary manufacturing process of the filler, the molecular weight of the HA, and the thickness of the gel, you can expect your ideal results to remain for 24 months.
Can You Make This Treatment Last Longer?
Yes, it is possible to make the results of this dermal filler last longer. The healthier your collagen is, the longer your results will last. One of the reasons this treatment lasts so long is HA induces extra collagen production. That said, if your collagen is weak and unhealthy, your results will fade faster. Here are a couple of actionable steps you can take to care of your collagen health.
Eat Lean Protein
Lean protein sources are great for keeping your collagen strong and healthy. Great options include lean cuts of tuna, white cuts of poultry, and legumes. These foods contain the amino acids necessary for your skin to produce collagen. Additionally, the amino acids found in these foods keep your collagen strong.
Eat Citrus Fruits
Eating citrus fruits is another great way to keep your collagen strong and healthy and maintain the results of your injectable dermal filler treatments. Vitamin C is one of the most essential micronutrients for collagen health and production, and citrus fruits are very rich in vitamin C.
What Improvements Can Be Made With This Filler?
Severe Volume Loss in the Apple of the Cheek
Sometimes, the front and upper regions of the cheek are referred to as the apple of the cheek. If you smile while looking at yourself in the mirror, you will notice this part of the face becoming rounder. You look young, healthy, and friendly when the apple of your cheek is plump. Unfortunately, a natural result of the aging process is collagen loss.
One of the first regions of the face to lose a noticeable amount of collagen is the midface. This collagen loss can result in such visible changes as extreme volume loss, sagging skin, and wrinkles. It takes a thick filler for effective improvements to be made, and the thickness of the filler is one of the most significant factors affecting the durability of the results. It is truly a win-win situation.
Cheek Line Definition Loss
Your cheek line, sometimes known as the apex of the cheek, marks the cheek’s upper contours. Extremely thick skin is found on the apple of your cheek. On the other hand, very thin skin can be found above the cheek line.
Bags beneath your eyes can occur when the thin skin above your cheek line experiences too much collagen loss. It takes a great deal of skill and finesse to volumize the cheek line subtly while adding a significant amount of volume to the apple of the cheek.
Extreme Volume Loss in the Hollow of the Cheeks
If you look at your reflection in the mirror and suck in your cheeks, you will notice the hollow of your cheeks becoming gaunt. Many people who suck in their cheeks form dimples. As noted above, a natural part of the aging process is collagen loss that results in visible volume loss. As you age, your skin thins significantly, and it can appear to be sagging.
Sometimes, people experience skin sagging and hollowness in this area due to extreme weight loss following a severe illness. Additionally, people who lose a lot of volume in the hollow of the cheeks look chronically fatigued. Regardless of how people perceive you due to severe collagen loss in the hollows of your cheeks, Voluma can help you look as good as you feel.
FAQs About This Injectable Dermal Filler Answered
Is a Dermal Filler Right for Me?
As noted above, Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler while Botox is an injectable muscle relaxant. To determine whether a dermal filler or injectable muscle relaxant is right for you, it is important to attend an initial consultation. During this initial consultation, we will identify the cause of your cosmetic concerns and advise you on which injectable is right for you.
If you are concerned about the appearance of your cheeks, Juvederm’s thickest, heaviest, most durable filler will be effective for you. Overactive muscles do not cause the aforementioned midface concerns. They are always caused by the loss of collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastin. That said, if you have concerns about the way other parts of your face look, such as your nose and mouth, you may need both dermal filler and muscle relaxant injections.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide found throughout the body. It plays a number of significant roles in the connective tissues between your joints, lubricating them to prevent pain and wear and tear. It plays an important role in your eye health. That said, one of the most significant things HA does is help to maintain the skin’s moisture barrier. This keeps the skin hydrated inside and out.
Essentially, HA is a chain of sugar molecules that attracts and binds to an impressive amount of water. Specifically, it can bind to 1,000 times its molecular weight in water molecules. Remember, a loss of hyaluronic acid is one of the reasons why your cheeks change in appearance as you age. Collagen loss is another factor, and HA plays a significant role in the production of collagen.
How Quickly Does This Treatment Work?
As soon as your injection session is over, you will notice an increase in localized volume. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, the thick gel itself provides an immediate volume boost. Second, the HA in the filler immediately attracts and binds to water, drawing volumizing water where it is needed the most.
With that being said, you cannot expect to see ideal results as soon as the injections are complete. It takes several days for the filler to settle into its final resting place. You can expect your final results to take 10 to 14 days to become apparent.
How Many Sessions Are Required to Achieve Ideal Results?
Regardless of the severity of your cosmetic concerns, you can expect to achieve your desired results with just one treatment session. The average Voluma session can take anywhere from 25 minutes to an hour depending on the number of doses that need to be administered to correct all of the midface-related cosmetic concerns.
We will give you a better idea about how long you should expect your treatment to take once we have evaluated all of your cosmetic concerns. We may need to inject several Juvederm formulas into different regions of your face to provide you with your ideal aesthetic. Additionally, you may need injectable muscle relaxants in certain parts of your face to get the look you want.
Is This Treatment Painful?
No, you will not experience any pain or discomfort during this treatment. The cheek filler we offer is called Juvederm Voluma XC. The “XC” at the end of the formula name indicates the presence of lidocaine, an injectable numbing agent that works within seconds of administration.
You will feel a slight pressure as the first injection is made. Then, the treatment area is numbed and you will feel nothing at all for the rest of your treatment. Even better, you will not feel pain once your session is over.
What Can I Expect During the Recovery Period?
There is virtually no downtime associated with this treatment. You can return to work as soon as we finish your injections and discuss post-treatment guidelines with you. However, you should avoid vigorous exercise, excessive heat, and unprotected sun exposure for a few days after your session. Juvederm is the perfect anti-aging solution for people who want to look as young as they feel without taking several weeks off from work and out of the gym.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
We will advise you on whether you qualify for this treatment during your initial consultation. To reiterate, if you have midface concerns, you will probably qualify for Juvederm Voluma XC. Additionally, you may qualify for an injectable muscle relaxant, like Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin if you are struggling with dynamic wrinkles and folds.
To be considered a good candidate for a Juvederm treatment, you must be at least 21 years old. Additionally, you must be in fairly good health and free from skin irritation at the time of your treatment. Besides skin irritation, things that will preclude you from qualifying for this treatment temporarily include pregnancy, breastfeeding, and active illness.
Learn More Today
Juvederm Voluma XC may be the ideal anti-aging treatment for you if you are concerned about the appearance of your midface. Thanks to the proprietary manufacturing process of this thick formula, you can expect your final results to last 24 months. Contact us today at Mariposa Aesthetics & Laser Center in Oklahoma City, OK to discover if you are a good candidate for this treatment. We look forward to helping you look as young and beautiful as you feel.