You’ve probably heard of dermal fillers if you pay any attention to skincare. Of all the many options available, at The Botox Bar Dallas and Red Oak, TX, we’ve found Juvederm to be among the best. It spreads well, provides consistent results, and contains the beneficial ingredient hyaluronic acid.
How Often Should You Get Juvederm Treatments?
Juvederm is the most popular dermal filler in America with a collection of products made for specific facial areas. This explains why each filler under this umbrella has a unique consistency: a factor that also plays into longevity. Products with thicker consistencies tend to be processed by the body more slowly and therefore provide longer-lasting results.
But not all consistencies are appropriate for all face parts, meaning the frequency at which you’ll need maintenance depends on:
- The treatment site
- The condition of your skin
- The severity of the concern you want to be addressed
- Your metabolism
Fillers Are Inherently Temporary
Metabolism greatly impacts the length of time a filler stays in the body. The truth is that you can give 10 patients the exact same filler in the exact same location and yield 10 different results. One might metabolize the filler in six months, while another might enjoy results for two years.
To really understand this concept, it’s important to know most dermal fillers, including this injectable, are made with hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a sugar that occurs naturally within the body. Multiple internal sites control HA synthesis and degradation, reflecting the complexity involved with its metabolism.
Factors That Influence HA Metabolism
What we do know is that HA gets used more quickly when the skin is dehydrated or needs to repair itself, meaning aging skin is likely to metabolize HA more quickly than youthful skin. Additional factors that can speed the use of HA include excessive sun exposure, diet, and facial movements. That’s right – just like in real estate, location is a key player in the results you obtain from your filler.
Because facial movements are inevitable, it’s only reasonable to acknowledge fillers will break down over time. Certain areas of the face, however, are more prone to aggressive and routine movements than others. The mouth, for example, bears the brunt of most facial expressions, whether you’re smiling, frowning, or talking. It is for this reason that lip fillers might last three to six months, whereas tear trough filler might last more than five years.
More Specific Expectations
None of this means that lip filler or any other injectable will suddenly and drastically fade. Regardless of your treatment site, dissolution occurs gradually. We like to compare this to a melting ice cube, in that it doesn’t dissolve in a matter of seconds. Instead, the size becomes slightly reduced with each passing minute. Likewise, filler breaks down slowly.
In speaking specifically of Juvederm, the following is a list of its products, where they can be used on the face, and the average length of time they last:
- Voluma XC: restores volume to cheeks, lasts up to two years
- Vollure XC: corrects severe wrinkles and folds, lasts up to 18 months
- Volbella XC: plumps lips and corrects mouth lines, lasts up to 12 months
- Ultra XC: enhances lips and erases perioral lines, lasts between six and 12 months
Ways to Extend Your Results
Humans have an almost imperceptible need to touch, but it’s best to avoid this right after receiving your injectable. Applying too much pressure to treatment sites can compromise the work done. Wearing heavy glasses can similarly impact a nonsurgical rhinoplasty while sleeping on your side or using a deep-cleansing facial can diminish your results in other facial areas.
While you may not be able to use your new jade roller, blowing your nose or applying makeup fall under the category of “everyday movements.” This means that common activities are not likely to influence your results. You may, however, want to invest in a new pair of lightweight glasses to protect the results of your non-surgical rhinoplasty.
Stay Out of Sun
Sun exposure causes more lines and wrinkles than the natural aging process, and those same UV rays force fillers to break down more quickly. The solution is pretty simple: wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day, even when the sky looks overcast. You should also limit your outdoor time between 10 am and 4 pm, when the sun’s rays are the strongest, and wear a wide brim hat to protect your face.
Reach for Healthy Foods
You are what you eat, a fact that gets reflected more visibly on your skin than anywhere else. Sticking to a diet that nourishes the skin will also boost your overall health; we’re talking about lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Avoid processed and “fast” foods as much as possible to maintain a radiant complexion. And limit sugar intake, as it can damage the extra-cellular matrix (ECM) responsible for giving your face its structure.
Salt can likewise dehydrate the skin and cause bloating. Both it and sugar increase inflammation throughout the body, which can ramp up your metabolism and cause your injections to deteriorate more rapidly.
Be Thoughtful with Exercise
It’s not often that you’ll be cautioned against exercising too much, but the days right after your dermal injections are exceptions. Burning a lot of calories during this time can substantially increase the rate at which fillers wear off.
As we said earlier, the faster your metabolism, the sooner you’ll need maintenance sessions. Stick to gentle but effective exercise for about a week to give your filler time to settle.
You probably can’t eliminate stress from your life (who can?), so we won’t even suggest it. But we recommend you manage it as a way to feel better and safeguard your results. The body produces excess cortisol during times of stress, a hormone that can affect the aging process and interfere with fillers. We, therefore, recommend you find ways to quiet your mind after a long day using some of these ideas:
- Practice yoga
- Take a bath
- Listen to gentle music
- Read your favorite book
- Sip a hot beverage
Care for Your Skin
When paired with fillers, skin care products can give the results you desire from aesthetic treatments. To illustrate, regularly applying a thick moisturizer to your skin can trap water and improve the efficacy of HA fillers. The same is true of vitamin-rich serums that deliver crucial nutrients the skin needs.
Schedule Your Next Appointment
It might seem a bit like cheating, but regularly getting more filler can help your results stay prominent without causing fluctuations in your appearance. It’s like getting your hair colored on a routine basis; staying on top of roots helps the color last longer. The same is true of fillers, and if you have your next appointment before the effects are completely gone, you’ll enjoy their benefits in a much broader way.
Everything You Need to Know
The first fact we need to point out is that Juvederm works differently than Botox. The former adds volume below the skin’s surface to smooth wrinkles, correct hollows, and restore contours. It can also be used to plump the lips in a way that gives you a sexier, softer pout.
Botox bar Dallas, on the other hand, is recognized as a neurotoxin that, once injected into targeted areas, freezes muscles. Once those muscles lose the ability to move, such as when you smile, lines and wrinkles no longer show. Botox can be used in a variety of places but is especially common in treating forehead lines and crow’s feet around the eyes.
It’s Not Painful
One of the biggest misconceptions is that fillers hurt, and although it’s not true, we understand where this myth comes from the fact that we use a needle for injection. But Juvederm is unique in that all of its products, as denoted by the letters XC, contain a measure of lidocaine. This helps numb the treatment site to maintain your comfort.
The Ways This Treatment Is Different
Because this filler is made with HA, it holds water at the injection site in a way that cushions, adds volume, and delivers a smooth appearance. Although multiple treatments may be required to achieve the appearance you want, results will be visible after just one session.
But this injectable goes one step further and delivers a smooth consistency not found in other products. In fact, some injectables have granular textures that can deliver bumpy results. Juvederm, however, employs Hylacross technology that cross-links the high molecular weight of hyaluronic acid molecules. This ensures the filler’s texture remains consistent in all applications and provides a malleable gel that gives predictable results.
More About Hyaluronic Acid
Upon entering the skin, HA immediately goes to work correcting skin imperfections. But there’s more to this treatment than the immediate effects it provides; HA is also a prominent member of the ECM, which we briefly discussed earlier. The ECM is integral to your skin’s appearance, providing for a smooth and contoured face free of common signs of deterioration.
In restoring HA, the ECM also becomes stronger. Think of this as the base from which your skin’s overall health springs. Even after the initial effects of your filler start to subside, the ECM will continue to keep skin lifted in a very natural way.
You can propagate post-treatment effects by taking a few steps before your session. These include discussing with us any non-steroidal anti-inflammatories or blood-thinning medications you currently take; it may be necessary for you to stop these medications unless you are advised otherwise by a doctor. You should also avoid supplements that can likewise thin the blood, such as:
- Vitamin E
- Fish oil supplements
Because alcohol thins your blood, it’s important to trade your nightly wine for water. This is only for a few days before and after treatment and is worthwhile for the results it will support. You should similarly cut caffeine for about 24 hours before your session and watch your salt intake. Salt binds to water and can increase your potential for swelling.
An Almost Perfect Treatment
Juvederm is a top-tier solution for a variety of concerns, from restoring lost volume to erasing fine lines and wrinkles. It can also give you a fuller, perkier pout to enhance your natural beauty. With its consistently smooth texture and ease of application, you’ll wonder only why you didn’t opt to have treatment sooner. Experience the benefits of this filler for yourself by calling The Botox Bar in Dallas and Red Oak, TX, today.