What's the number one sign of a youthful visage? Ask anyone and they'll say that a plump, supple face with a healthy glow is an instant indicator of youth. The problem is this: as we age, we trade in the plush volume of our skin for wrinkles. Luckily the experts at Novo Sano MedSpa in Woburn, MA know ways around lost volume, such as dermal fillers like Juvederm Voluma.
Did You Know You Can Rejuvenate Your Cheeks?
Is there a dermal filler made specifically for restoring volume to cheeks? There is. In this time of specialized, boutique dermal fillers, there really is a filler for every appearance concern. However, dermal fillers designed especially for the cheeks are somewhat thin on the ground. In fact, the only FDA-approved dermal filler for restoring lost volume to the cheeks is Juvederm Voluma.
Introducing Juvederm Voluma
Like any other dermal filler, this Juvederm treatment is a non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment. As a class of cosmetic treatments, dermal fillers are anti-aging treatments that are intended to restore volume to skin to rejuvenate your overall appearance. Dermal fillers are unique from other injectable treatments in that they can be continually used without the body building up a tolerance to the product, and that means that Juvederm Voluma is a long-term solution to maintain a youthful appearance.
How It Works
Dermal filler treatments are performed by inserting a needle just beneath the surface of skin and injecting a specialized formula directly into the targeted treatment areas. This particular dermal filler is formulated with a malleable gel solution of hyaluronic acid and other peptides that support skin structure. What makes this filler special is the role hyaluronic plays within the skin.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a type of complex sugar that naturally occurs in the body, usually found in and around skin cells. Hyaluronic acid is like the ant of the skin, capable of holding several times its own weight in moisture. This ability to hold moisture is why hyaluronic acid is so popular in over-the-counter treatments, as it is thought to help moisturize the skin surface. However when hyaluronic acid works beneath the skin, its effectiveness is unrivaled in keeping the sub-dermal layers adequately moist and plump.
The Relationship Between Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen
Did you know that there is a relationship between hyaluronic acid and collagen, a protein within the skin that supports skin structure? You can think about this relationship in terms of a car engine, where hyaluronic acid is the fuel that feeds the collagen engine. Because hyaluronic acid is essentially food for collagen, it helps stimulate the production of collagen while also keeping skin cells supple. This relationship is why dermal fillers made with hyaluronic acid are so effective.
What Does It Treat?
This dermal filler is designed to treat skin volume concerns for the mid-face. The mid-face refers to the region of the face beneath the eyes and all the way down to the jaw. The specific parts of the face that this dermal filler treats include:
- Hollow beneath eyes
- Nasolabial folds
While primarily created to restore volume to the cheeks, this filler has some amount of flexibility as it can be used for other areas of concern in the mid-face. For example, patients with moderate or severe nasolabial folds, also known as the expression lines around the mouth and nose, can use this filler to diminish the appearance of these wrinkles.
Why Should You Use Juvederm Voluma?
Should you be using a cheek filler? While this is a question with an answer that depends on the patient, most prospective patients seek this type of dermal filler as a rejuvenation treatment. The most common reason to use a cheek filler such as this one is to restore lost volume in the mid-face.
But is there an explanation for that volume loss? Are there benefits for this treatment you should know about? Learn more before you call to schedule your appointment!
Why Do Cheeks Lose Volume?
You might have noticed it once in your life before - in fact, when most us reach adulthood, we lose the "baby fat" in our cheeks, which gives us a more mature appearance. Yet even though it's happened once before, it can still be a surprise when you lose more volume in your cheeks several years later, and when you continue to lose volume as you get older. So, why do cheeks lose volume?
Aging disrupts hormone production. There isn't any way to get around this truth or any way to stop it from happening. As we age, our normal hormone production is in a state of flux, typically depleting or slowing down by age 40. Coincidentally, our later 30s and early 40s is also when we begin to notice wrinkles and other superficial skin concerns, such as dark spots and sun damage.
Depleted hormones also changes the way we store fat in our bodies. We have several pads of fat stored in our face that help insulate our jaws and sinus cavities, and as we age, those fat pads begin to thin, which is typically the cause for volume loss. Hormonal changes in older adults can cause changes in the bones of the face, which can make the bones of the jaw and cheekbones protrude more. Hormonal changes caused by aging are usually the most common cause for volume loss in the face.
Environmental factors also play an important role. This is mostly because of the way our body metabolizes exposure to certain aspects of the environment, such as pollution and UV rays. Stress, exposure to smoke, unprotected sun exposure, and living in a polluted area are all environmental factors that can cause the collagen in our skin to break down. Weak collagen is a direct line to increased skin laxity and skin that is less able to bounce back.
Your general lifestyle habits are a key reason why you might lose volume in your cheeks. For example, extreme dieting and exercise that cause rapid weight loss can thin the fat pads in your cheeks, which creates a gaunt appearance. Certain choices, such as smoking tobacco and regularly drinking alcohol in excess, can also change the speed of our metabolism, as well as eliminate hunger, which in turn can cause weight loss and loss of volume in the cheeks.
Benefits of Juvederm Voluma
Are there benefits of this treatment you should be aware of? Aside from being a dermal filler like no other with a reputation for producing quick results, there are a few benefits that are attractive to prospective patients. Those benefits include:
This is a restorative, anti-aging solution. As a restorative treatment, this dermal filler can greatly enhance your appearance and make you look several years younger. This filler restores the volume lost in the mid-face in a way that looks natural and healthy. The restoration will plump your appearance and also help your cheeks keep moisture.
Although this is a cosmetic treatment, it can be considered a natural intervention because hyaluronic acid is a substance that naturally occurs within the body. The solution of this injection merely replaces the hyaluronic acid that has been lost, and in turn also helps naturally stimulate and support the production of collagen within the skin. And since this treatment is minimally invasive, there are no complicated medical techniques or surgeries required to produce ideal results.
Along with being an anti-aging restorative treatment, this dermal filler is also a way to contour the face. Depending on where the filler is injected, patients are able to enhance the shape of their cheekbones, jaws, and chins to create an ideal appearance. As a contouring treatment, this filler can help you achieve your ideal aesthetic even as it helps you look younger.
Without a doubt, one of the most appealing benefits of this treatment is the fact that it can last up to two years at a time. This is a unique benefit to dermal fillers, many of which are limited to only lasting six to nine months at most. However, as a Juvederm product, you can be certain that the efficacy and the long-lasting results of this treatment are unmatched by any other dermal filler on the market.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is This Treatment Safe?
This treatment is the only hyaluronic acid dermal filler for the mid-face that is approved by the FDA. FDA approval for cosmetic treatments means that the treatment has been tested through clinical trials and other studies and has been found to be a safe treatment for the majority of participants. Additionally, because this treatment uses hyaluronic acid, there is very little risk for an allergic reaction.
When Can You See Results?
Results for this dermal filler are obvious after the two week recovery period. You will notice a steady increase in facial volume for the next two to four months, with the majority of patients enjoying optimal results by about six months after treatment. The speed at which you see results generally depends on how much of the filler was used and how quickly your body heals to respond to treatment.
How Long Do Results Last?
Results for this treatment last for at least two years. Some patients report still enjoying results after more than 24 months. When results of the treatment begin to diminish, we encourage patients to schedule another treatment in order to maintain results. For most patients, your subsequent treatments will require less of the filler to produce the same results.
Can You Combine This Treatment With Others?
You can safely combine this filler with other cosmetic treatments. Most patients who use dermal fillers like to use treatments for the skin surface, such as laser resurfacing or chemical peels. It is possible for other injectable treatments, such as Botox, to be used on other areas of the face. If you are interested in combining this treatment with other cosmetic treatments offered at our med spa, we can help you create a treatment timeline that will meet all of your appearance goals.
Are You an Ideal Candidate?
Most patients who are interested in this treatment are qualified candidates. Before you can use this treatment, you will need to attend a consultation appointment, which will help us screen for your compatibility with this treatment. We may ask that you complete an allergy test, which is a normal measure for most dermal fillers. Candidates of this treatment include patients who want to:
- Restore lost volume in cheeks
- Correct skin laxity in mid-face
- Reduce the appearance of wrinkles
- Rejuvenate appearance
Rejuvenate Your Cheeks With Juvederm Voluma!
Everyone can have a youthful appearance with plump cheeks and a healthy glow. The key to restoring your youthful appearance is finding the right cosmetic treatments. If you're ready to rejuvenate your cheeks with Juvederm Voluma, contact Novo Sano MedSpa in Woburn, MA to schedule your consultation appointment today!