If you are noticing the visible signs of aging in the mid-face, it may be time to consider a dermal filler that can accomplish the same goals as a mid-face facelift. Dermal fillers are often preferable for those who want to lift and tighten the skin in the mid-face since these treatments are low-risk and do not have a prolonged recovery time. Learn everything you need to know about Juvederm Voluma before you schedule a consultation at Worcester Dermatology in Worcester, MA.
How Long Does Voluma Last?
Like many other fillers in the Juvederm family, the longevity of this product is impressive. Many patients can enjoy results that last for 18 to 24 months, and sometimes even longer. In the cheeks, this dermal filler can last for 18 months before you may start to notice a decline in the quality of your results. At this point, it may be time for a touch-up appointment so you can prolong your results and enjoy a consistent youthful appearance.
Does This Filler Bind With Water?
Although this filler is formulated with hyaluronic acid, it is designed to behave differently than other fillers with the same active ingredient. For example, while other hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers bind with water in the body, this synthetic hyaluronic acid filler does not.
Instead, the unique formula is designed to retain moisture without directly binding water molecules. This ensures that the filler lasts for as long as possible, which is why Voluma is the longest-lasting dermal filler for the mid-face.
Does This Filler Help You Build Collagen?
Like many other dermal fillers formulated with hyaluronic acid, one of the benefits of this particular product is the ability to build natural collagen. Hyaluronic acid is a unique molecule that can essentially feed collagen production. When the level of hyaluronic acid is high in the skin, your body has an easier time building more collagen, which can result in tighter and smoother-looking skin.
How Frequently Should You Have Treatments?
Ideally, the frequency of your treatments should be about every 18 to 24 months. However, your treatment frequency will truly depend on the longevity of your results. For example, if you notice that your results are lasting for longer than 24 months, you may be able to postpone your next treatment.
Many patients choose to do small touch-up treatments every six or so months, particularly in areas where there are persistent visible signs of aging. Ultimately, your treatment frequency is something that can be discussed during your consultation.
Where Can This Filler Be Used?
This dermal filler has been specifically designed to lift and tighten the skin on the mid-face. Many people view this particular filler as a key to achieving a liquid facelift, which is a non-surgical treatment that uses dermal fillers to rejuvenate the entire face.
Voluma is an ideal option since this filler is often used to fill in hollow areas on the cheeks, tighten loose skin, lift the jowls, and smooth the visible lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth. Sometimes, this filler can also be used to augment or contour the face, such as defining the cheekbones or the jawline.
How Should You Prepare for Treatment?
To prepare for a dermal filler treatment, you will need to temporarily stop using medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen, as well as supplements like fish oil, ginkgo, vitamin E, and vitamin C for at least one week to reduce any blood thinning effects in your body. When your blood is thinner, it’s much easier to develop bruises. You may want to consider using oral Arnica Montana, as this can stimulate your body’s regenerative abilities.
Will You Have Aftercare Guidelines?
For your aftercare, you will need to avoid massaging, touching, or placing any pressure on areas of the face that have been injected with dermal filler. Many people can benefit from sleeping elevated on their back for at least one to two nights.
It’s also important to avoid exposure to hot water, retinol, harsh cleansers, steam, excessive sweating, and direct contact with sunlight. It may be advised to avoid wearing makeup for at least 12 to 24 hours after your treatment.
Are You a Good Candidate?
People over the age of 21 are usually good candidates for Juvederm products. If you have visible signs of aging or you have contouring goals, this treatment can be a good option for you to achieve your ideal appearance.
If this is your first time using a dermal filler, you may need to complete a patch test to assess your risk of allergic reaction. That said, because hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring in the body, most people don’t have any issues with this treatment.
Lift Your Mid-Face With a Dermal Filler
Oftentimes, the mid-face can be one of the greatest indicators of your true age. As you get older, the mid-face loses volume because of fat depletion and lower collagen production, which can create the appearance of loose skin or hollow areas on the face. Luckily, a dermal filler such as Juvederm can lift your mid-face. Contact Worcester Dermatology in Worcester, MA to schedule your initial treatment today.