The safety, effectiveness and versatility of dermal fillers have transformed the cosmetic world and how we approach the ageing changes in the face. We used to think that aging was caused by gravity. Research has shown us that aging is multifactorial. Aging is the result of bone loss, changes in the soft tissue and the breakdown of collagen and elasticity in the skin. That is is why a facelift is not going to make you look like you did when you were 20.
At Vital Face and Vein in Wellington, our doctor is an expert in the field of injectables. We are also one of the only practices where our doctor actually performs the injectable treatments. Juvéderm is a smooth gel injectable filler made from hyaluronic acid (a naturally occurring substance in the body) used by our cosmetic doctor to effectively soften those deep folds and lines that develop over time in the face. In addition to the nasolabial folds it’s also very commonly used to enhance the size and shape of lips, cheeks and total face rejuvenation.
WHAT IS JUVÉDERM USED FOR?
The primary use is to add volume back to your face. Over time, areas of the face naturally lose volume as a part of the aging process. By injecting a filler into these areas of the face, we can smooth out wrinkles and folds by adding back that precious volume that has been lost. Juvéderm can be used to improve the following areas:
HOW IS JUVÉDERM INJECTED?
This filler is injected into the skin to create volume, resulting in a healthy and rejuvenated appearance. Using a very fine needle, to minimize pain or discomfort, our doctor will inject small amounts into the area where results are desired. The injections create volume by filling your lips, wrinkles or folds, for a more youthful appearance. When injected into the lip it can restore a more natural and plump look. This treatment is generally quick and simple. Afterwards you may experience some very minor side effects including swelling, redness and some tenderness.
These side effects do not usually last more than a day or so.
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA VS. VOLIFT VS VOBELLA
Juvéderm (hyaluronic acid) is currently available in several different versions. These variations are very similar, but it is important to know the difference. Voluma is the most dense and lifting version of the Juvéderm Vy-cross injectable gel range. Having a ‘thicker’ gel is useful for deeper lines in your face and capable of filling in areas like the cheeks, whereas the Volift version is best in finer skin areas and for finer lines and wrinkles. Vobella hydrates the skin and is excellent in the tear trough, lips and for smile lines and fine lines.
Ask our doctor which type of Juvederm is right for you.
CAN JUVÉDERM AND BOTOX BE USED TOGETHER?
Yes. The mechanism of action for Juvéderm is different than Botox because Juvéderm adds back volume whereas Botox simply stops muscle contraction. These very different methods yield different results. However, these popular injectables are often used together to give you greater results. We use Botox to prevent new wrinkles from forming and Juvéderm to fill the ones that you already have. Additionally, studies have shown that by combining these two the results of the treatment will last longer. By minimizing muscle contractions with a neuromodulator, the effects of a filler last longer. During your consultation our doctor will let you know if this combination will work for you.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Juvéderm is made of a natural hyaluronic acid, which adds volume back to facial tissue, resulting in a rejuvenated appearance.
WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?
You will see immediate results of the injections after the procedure. Although, you may have some swelling right after the treatment, so your face will appear to more volumised. Within a few days the swelling will go down. It can take up to 4 weeks for the filler to hydrate and integrate into the skin and the final result is seen.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
Treatments vary among patients, however, on average, patients need 3 treatment sessions, each 4 weeks apart, to experience the best results.
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
Generally the effects last for about 12-24 months, but this varies slightly from patient to patient. Injections can be repeated as necessary.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?
The side effects are minimal, but common side effects can include localized pain, inflammation, redness, itching, bruising and/or swelling. These are all normal side effects and disappear within a few days.
Serious complications are very rare, and the doctor will go through all risks at time of your consultation.
HOW MUCH DOWNTIME IS REQUIRED?
There is very little social downtime after a treatment. You may have some swelling, numbness and redness for a few hours following the procedure, but you will be able to go back about your daily activities as soon as you feel comfortable with how you look.
DO JUVÉDERM INJECTIONS HURT?
The products have anaesthetic incorporated into them, so this will numb the area as the area is treated. Ice and topical anesthetic can be applied if needed, however most patients find the treatment manageable.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Each patient’s needs are different, so there is not one set cost of Juvéderm. We will assess your personal needs and let you know how much your treatment will cost. To make treatments more affordable, we do offer package prices.