Let’s talk about the signs that betray your age. Everyone knows about wrinkles and fine lines, but there’s another visible sign of aging that will give you away, and treating skin laxity and hollowness is a bit more difficult than managing wrinkles. Fortunately, the experts at Reno Sparks MedSpa in Reno, NV understand that Juvederm Voluma can be an effective solution to age-related skin volume loss.
Who Can Benefit From Voluma Injections?
Broadly speaking, anyone who has mild, moderate, or severe age-related concerns makes a potentially good candidate for this injectable filler. Dermal fillers are some of the most diverse and compatible cosmetic treatments around, which means most people who are interested in using fillers to restore facial volume are good candidates.
For Juvederm Voluma in particular, the ideal candidates are adult patients over the age of 21, women who are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding, and those who are searching for effective anti-aging treatments. This filler is a good option for those who want to fill in hollow spaces on the face, correct mild to moderate skin laxity in the cheeks, and even contour parts of the face to appear more youthful.
How Juvederm Works
Juvederm is a family of fillers that utilize the power of hyaluronic acid to restore lost facial volume and correct wrinkles. Each of the Juvederm fillers has a slightly different gel-like consistency that makes it ideal for being used in one or more areas of the face. Fillers are generally good options for patients who are looking for non-surgical anti-aging alternatives, particularly those who want to use naturally-derived products for natural-looking results.
Why Hyaluronic Acid Is Important
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring compound found in the sub-dermal layers of the skin. This acid is responsible for helping retain the skin’s moisture balance, particularly between the cells to keep your skin supple and smooth, which is why hyaluronic acid is such a buzzword in the beauty world lately. While hyaluronic acid applied topically to the skin can help restore skin moisture and hydrate skin cells to make skin look superficially younger, hyaluronic acid is much more impressive when injected into the skin.
Hyaluronic acid has a few interesting functions for the skin. For example, because hyaluronic acid is capable of holding hundreds of times its own weight in water, it is able to retain more water beneath the surface of the skin to supply to surrounding cells. Interestingly, this ability seems to encourage the natural production of collagen. In fact, there are a few studies that suggest hyaluronic acid serves as “food” for collagen, as collagen levels seem to increase in direct relation to hyaluronic acid levels in the skin.
Where Can Juvederm Voluma Be Used?
The primary purpose of this treatment is to increase skin volume in the mid-face, particularly the cheeks. For this reason, Juvederm Voluma is usually used to fill in hollow areas of the face, including under the eyes, the cheeks, and around the nose and mouth. This filler can also be used to erase the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, such as nasolabial folds. Additionally, because this injectable treatment fills in facial volume, it can also be used to correct skin laxity that is causing sagging in the jowls, jawline, and chin.
What Should You Expect From Treatment?
Overall, one dermal filler appointment is like any other, so if you’ve used a dermal filler before then the treatment steps should be no surprise to you. However, if this is your first time using a dermal filler, then you should be aware of some of the key parts of your treatment. For example, you should anticipate your treatment appointments taking about 30 minutes to complete each time. Other steps to expect from your treatment process include:
When you try a new cosmetic treatment or you switch from one dermal filler to another, you will need to attend a consultation appointment before any of your treatment appointments can begin. The consultation allows us to understand your aesthetic goals, particularly how you want to look after the treatment is complete, as well as your expectations for the treatment.
For first-time patients, we will need to collect a few relevant pieces of information about you, such as your general medical history and any known drug allergies you may have. We will also need to know if you are pregnant, might be pregnant, or are currently breastfeeding.
Injectable treatments always carry a small risk of minimal bruising as a result of the needle injections, so we sometimes recommend patients begin using Arnica supplements at least three days before their treatment to lower the risk of bruising or swelling. Aside from that, preparing for your treatment is relatively simple.
For example, we usually instruct patients to stop drinking alcohol and to stop using blood-thinning medications and supplements at least 48 hours before your treatment appointment, also to minimize the risk of bruising. You will need to temporarily stop using any Retinol products or acidic skin actives, as well. It’s also important that you reschedule your appointment if you develop a cold sore.
After your treatment is finished, you will be able to return to your normal daily plans and activities, such as working or running errands. There will only be a few aftercare instructions you will need to follow, such as continue using Arnia supplements and ice your treatment areas with cold compresses for 15 minutes a few times a day.
Other parts of your aftercare instructions will tell you how to wash your face (with warm water and gentle soap) and what skincare products you should temporarily avoid, such as Retinol. We will also direct you to avoid excessive sweating and heat, such as from exercise, hot showers and hot tubs, and saunas. Please wear sun protection in direct sunlight rated at least SPF 30 and above.
When Will You See Results?
It will take some time for you to see the results of your Voluma treatment. Although your skin may superficially appear somewhat fuller on the days following your treatment, your gel injection will take several days to fully settle into your skin and create sustainable results. Most patients see their first results about two weeks after their treatment as skin volume is restored. This is because the hyaluronic acid injection needs to be metabolized by the body to kickstart the collagen production process.
How Long Do Results Last?
If you’re thinking that this treatment is just like any other dermal filler on the market, it’s time to reconsider. Unlike other dermal fillers, the results of Voluma can last for up to two years at a time – and this is much longer than any other dermal filler currently in circulation! These long-lasting results are one of the more impressive features of this dermal filler treatment, especially since it only requires one treatment to produce these results.
How Frequently Should You Have This Treatment?
Because the results of this treatment last for such a long time, your treatment frequency is very spaced out. Most patients can schedule annual appointments every two years and maintain the results of their treatment for a long time. Other patients may find that they need top-up appointments a bit closer together, sometimes as soon as 18 months, to maintain the results of the treatment.
Your treatment frequency will largely be determined by your age, the condition of your skin, and how well you respond to the treatment. Patients who already have a higher amount of collagen in their skin will tend to have longer-lasting results than patients whose collagen has been depleted by the aging process. This means that patients with severe age-related concerns and mature patients may need to have treatments more frequently. We will help you determine the ideal frequency for your dermal filler appointments so you can maintain your results.
Can You Combine This Treatment With Others?
Yes! Dermal fillers are incredibly compatible with other cosmetic treatments. For example, all of the Juvederm fillers can be used with each other to customize your treatment experience; this can mean that you use this filler on your cheeks, but use Volbella on your lips. Additionally, dermal fillers are commonly used with neurotoxin injectables to relax wrinkles on the upper face that cannot be treated with dermal fillers.
Dermal filler treatments are also easily combined with treatments that address superficial skin concerns, such as uneven tone, uneven texture, dark spots, blemishes, melasma, and sun damage. Treatments such as chemical peels, facials, dermaplaning, and microdermabrasion are all compatible with dermal fillers to achieve your ideal appearance.
How Can You Maintain Results?
Aside from attending your regular top-up appointments, there are actually a few things you can do to maintain the results of this treatment. For example, drinking enough water (for adults, this is 48 to 64 oz a day) can help your skin retain more moisture, which supports the work that the hyaluronic acid is going in the sub-dermal layers of your skin.
Another way to maintain your results is to use skincare products that support your skin goals. This may mean switching to products that focus on anti-aging, particularly products that are designed to help your skin stay tight and supple, such as Retinol or alternative acids, like Azelaic acid.
Is This Treatment Safe?
Yes! The entire Juvederm family of dermal fillers has been approved by the FDA for years, which means that it passed the required clinical tests that deem the filler safe for general public use. Additionally, because hyaluronic acid is already found in the skin, very few people ever have allergic reactions to the filler, which significantly lowers the overall risk of the treatment.
What Are the Treatment Benefits?
In addition to the long-lasting results of this treatment, there are plenty of benefits prospective patients should consider. For one, using a dermal filler is a non-surgical and minimally invasive way to combat the visible signs of aging, which may be an advantage for patients who do not want to undergo cosmetic surgery or who are not medically qualified to do so.
Other benefits of this treatment include the minimal downtime, the fast recovery, the natural-looking results, and the overall efficacy of the treatment. Each of these benefits are prime reasons why patients who want to restore lost facial volume should seriously consider this treatment.
Rejuvenate Yourself Today With Juvederm Voluma!
It’s time to get serious about your anti-aging treatments. For those who need a boost of skin volume, dermal filler treatments from the Juvederm family are an easy and effective solution. If you think Voluma is right for you, please contact Reno Sparks MedSpa in Reno, NV to schedule your consultation today!