Juvederm®, Restylane®, & Juvederm Voluma™ XC
As part of the natural progression of facial aging, skin wrinkles and creases form and atrophy of the soft tissues occurs with loss of the firmness and contours of youth. Although there are many different options available, injectable agents such as Juvederm®, Restylane®, Radiesse® and one’s own fat are among the most popular choices and provide highly-effective treatment options for these problems. These same soft tissue fillers can also be used for augmentation of the lips and other areas of the face as well as for treatment of depressed scars. Dr. Steven Turkeltaub is a skilled plastic surgeon who has extensive experience in the usage of Juvederm®, Restylane® and fat injections which allows him to obtain the improvements that his patients desire.
Injectable Fillers: Juvederm® and Restylane®
Hyaluronic acid is a vital, naturally occurring substance present in large quantities throughout the body. Among its effects, this substance provides the fullness, resilience, and suppleness of our skin. As we age, the amount of hyaluronic acid in the body decreases, resulting in the loss of shape and volume and the appearance of lines and wrinkles. In order to combat these visible signs of aging, our practice offers Juvederm® and Restylane®. These soft tissue fillers consist of safe hyaluronic acid based gels that help to restore or obtain the volume and contours desired.
Treatment with Juvederm® and Restylane®
In order to provide maximum comfort with essentially no pain, a nerve block is used which can effectively anesthetize the area to be treated. Both Juvederm® and Restylane® now also come in formulations that contain a local anesthetic which is designed to make the treatments even more comfortable. The injections of these fillers are done very precisely with magnification by Dr. Turkeltaub using very fine needles.
There will be some variable swelling after treatment which usually subsides within 24 to 48 hours. Makeup can be applied immediately if desired and there is no restriction of activities. This is why these are called “lunchtime” procedures. Treatment can be combined with BOTOX® if indicated in order to obtain greater facial rejuvenation.
Juvederm® and Restylane® can be used essentially anywhere on the face where there are creases and wrinkles as well as where there is a desire for increased volume and contour changes. Commonly treated areas include the lips, chin, cheeks, brows and the creases around the mouth and between the brows. The results from these fillers generally last approximately three to nine months and are affected by several factors. There are some differences between the products which can be advantageous in certain situations.
Juvederm Voluma™ XC
Juvederm Voluma™ XC is the first and, presently, the only dermal filler approved by the FDA for the correction of age related volume loss in the cheeks and for mid-cheek lifting and contour corrections of the cheekbones. Though other fillers such as Juvéderm®, Restylane® and Radiesse® have been successfully used off-label (not an explicitly approved usage by the FDA) for improvements in these areas, this new product does have distinctive advantages.
Juvederm Voluma™ XC consists of a hyaluronic acid, a vital substance present in large quantities throughout our bodies and the same type of material that used in Juvéderm® Ultra XC, Juvéderm® Ultra Plus XC, Restylane®, Beletero Balance® and Perlane®. However, it is specially formulated to make it stronger, firmer, much more resistant to compression forces and longer lasting. Furthermore, whereas these other dermal fillers may last around 6 months up to a year, Juvederm Voluma™ XC can last up to two years.
With aging, we gradually lose the natural “S” shaped facial curves of youth which extend down from the cheekbones. Juvederm Voluma™ XC can be used in this area to help restore or create this more youthful contour and may be able to accomplish this with more substantial, natural appearing and longer lasting results than the other products can. With time, it is quite likely that it will be found to have other advantageous usages in the face.
Contact the Arizona Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
For more information about our injectable fillers, or to schedule a consultation to discuss your facial rejuvenation goals, please contact the Arizona Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery today.