At Reno Sparks MedSpa in Reno, NV, we believe that true beauty is timeless. Yet, it doesn’t hurt to have a little help maintaining the grace and allure of youthful vitality. Guided by the expertise of our lead doctor, Calvin H. Van Reken, M.D. – honored as one of America’s Best Doctors in both 2013 and 2014 – we’re committed to providing the most effective treatments to help you look and feel your best. Today, we’d like to introduce you to one of our premier offerings: JUVÉDERM VOLUMA.
How Long Does VOLUMA Last?
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of JUVÉDERM VOLUMA is its longevity. While individual results may vary, clinical studies have shown that the positive effects of this treatment can last up to two years, which is significantly longer than many other dermal fillers on the market. This extended period allows our clients to enjoy their rejuvenated appearance for a longer period before requiring a touch-up or additional treatment.
Factors Influencing Duration
Despite the impressive longevity of this product, several factors can influence the exact duration of its effects. These include the amount of filler used, the area of application, individual metabolism, and lifestyle factors. Our professional team, led by the highly qualified Dr. Van Reken, will discuss these elements during your consultation to provide a personalized prediction for your treatment’s duration. Let’s take a closer look at these factors and their impact:
Every individual’s metabolism varies. This metabolic rate influences how quickly the body processes and breaks down substances, including dermal fillers like JUVÉDERM VOLUMA. Those with faster metabolic rates might find that the filler doesn’t last as long because their body breaks it down more quickly.
Amount of Filler Used
The longevity of your results also depends on the amount of product used during treatment. A larger quantity can often result in a longer-lasting effect because it takes the body more time to metabolize a greater volume of the filler.
The specific area where the filler is injected can also influence how long the effects last. Areas of the face with less movement, such as the cheeks, typically experience longer-lasting results, as the filler isn’t metabolized as quickly. In contrast, areas with more movement, such as around the mouth, might see a quicker degradation of the filler due to the constant muscle activity.
A person’s lifestyle habits can also impact the longevity of their results. Those who follow a healthy lifestyle – regular exercise, a balanced diet, sufficient hydration, and avoiding harmful habits like smoking – may experience longer-lasting results. Regular exercise increases blood circulation, which can help maintain healthy skin and extend the results. A balanced diet and adequate hydration can also nourish the skin, further enhancing the longevity of the treatment.
On the other hand, habits like smoking or excessive sun exposure can accelerate the aging process and may cause the body to break down the filler more quickly. Therefore, it’s recommended to use sun protection and avoid smoking to maintain the results of the treatment for as long as possible.
By considering all these factors, our team at Reno Sparks MedSpa, under the expert guidance of Dr. Calvin H. Van Reken, M.D., can tailor this and other treatments to meet your individual needs and ensure the longest possible duration of the rejuvenating effects.
This product is a hyaluronic acid (HA) based dermal filler. HA is a naturally occurring substance in our skin that helps to bind and retain water molecules, providing hydration and fullness. This clear, gel-like substance acts as a moisture magnet, attracting and holding onto water, resulting in a plumping effect that adds volume and smooths out wrinkles and fine lines.
But VOLUMA doesn’t just contain hyaluronic acid. It also includes lidocaine, an anesthetic that reduces discomfort during the injection process. Lidocaine works by preventing your nerves from sending pain signals to your brain, making the treatment more comfortable.
The Science Behind Hyaluronic Acid
To truly appreciate how this product works, it’s essential to understand the science behind hyaluronic acid. HA is a glycosaminoglycan, a long-chain sugar molecule that attracts water to keep tissues well lubricated. As a key component of our skin’s extracellular matrix, it plays an essential role in maintaining the structure, hydration, and volume of our skin.
In our younger years, our bodies naturally produce ample HA, which contributes to the plump, smooth skin typically associated with youth. However, as we age, this production gradually decreases, leading to volume loss, wrinkles, and skin laxity.
What This Treatment’s HA Does
This product is designed to counteract the age-related decline in HA production. When the HA is injected into the skin, it instantly binds to water molecules, helping to replenish lost volume and provide a lifting effect. But the magic of this treatment doesn’t stop there. As a biodegradable product, it gradually breaks down over time, but as it does, it stimulates the body’s own production of collagen, an essential protein that gives our skin its firmness and elasticity.
VOLUMA utilizes a special technology known as VYCROSS, which cross-links high and low molecular weight HA chains. This advanced technology creates a tightly woven gel that resists premature degradation, resulting in a product that lasts longer in the skin compared to other dermal fillers.
The Need for Hyaluronic Acid as We Age
As we age, our skin not only loses its natural supply of HA but also collagen and elastin, the proteins responsible for skin firmness and elasticity. This results in sagging skin, wrinkles, and hollow areas, most notably in the cheek area. Environmental factors such as sun exposure and lifestyle habits like smoking can expedite this process.
This product from JUVÉDERM addresses these concerns by not only providing an immediate volume boost but also encouraging the body’s natural collagen production, leading to an improvement in skin quality over time. The result is a restoration of facial contours with a natural, youthful appearance that respects individual characteristics and expressions.
Additional Benefits of Treatment
This product does more than just restore volume and provide a lifting effect. It also offers additional benefits that contribute to its popularity and effectiveness as a dermal filler.
Improves Skin Texture
The hyaluronic acid in this treatment not only provides a volumizing effect but also promotes a smoother skin texture. As it binds with water, it fills in the gaps between collagen and elastin fibers in the skin, leading to a smoother skin surface.
Stimulates Collagen Production
When VOLUMA is injected into the skin, it stretches the collagen-producing cells (fibroblasts). This stretching stimulates these cells to produce new collagen. The increased collagen production improves skin elasticity, firmness, and resilience over time, extending the benefits of the treatment.
Minimal Downtime and Recovery
This treatment offers the benefit of immediate results with minimal recovery time. Most clients return to their normal activities immediately after the procedure, making it a practical choice for those with busy lifestyles.
These additional benefits, along with the longevity of this treatment, make it an exceptional treatment for age-related volume loss. It’s more than just a temporary fix—it’s a comprehensive approach to facial rejuvenation that considers the biology of aging skin, the individual’s characteristics, and the desire for natural, long-lasting results.
The Treatment: What To Expect
Treatment at Reno Sparks MedSpa, overseen by the esteemed Dr. Van Reken, is simple, minimally invasive, and generally quite comfortable. Using a fine needle, we inject the gel beneath the skin’s surface in the areas of volume loss. While the treatment itself takes less than an hour, the transformative effects are almost instantaneous, providing a youthful lift and volume to the face that’s both noticeable and natural-looking.
Caring for Your Skin Post-Treatment
Post-treatment care plays a significant role in maintaining the benefits of your treatment. We recommend a balanced diet, adequate hydration, regular exercise, and a robust skincare routine to maximize the effects of your treatment. Avoiding excessive sun exposure, maintaining a healthy weight, and refraining from smoking can also extend the duration of your treatment results.
Get Started on a Younger Look
Every individual’s journey is unique, just like their beauty. We’ve seen firsthand the profound impact this treatment can have, restoring confidence, vitality, and a youthful glow that lasts. Your journey with us, under the careful guidance of Dr. Calvin H. Van Reken, M.D., ensures a personalized approach that enhances your natural beauty and ensures you shine from the inside out. Contact us today at Reno Sparks MedSpa in Reno, NV to get started on your journey.