Sometimes people get Botox mixed up with dermal fillers. But they are totally different.
Botox is a neuromodulator, meaning it blocks the nerve messages from a muscle to the brain so that the muscle doesn’t contract. That stops wrinkles that are formed by muscle contractions from forming.
Dermal fillers are true to their name — they fill in a wrinkle or crease from beneath, using either natural or synthetic materials.
Juvéderm® is probably the world’s most popular dermal filler brand. It has been expanded from a single formulation into first three different formulations to fit different needs. Then a fourth formula, Juvéderm® Volbella XC, was added this past summer. Dr. Malamet offers all of the Juvéderm® options at his practice.
What is Juvéderm®?
All the Juvéderm® fillers are classified as naturally derived fillers. This is because each is made of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body whose job is to hydrate and plump the skin. When injected, Juvéderm® binds with water molecules in the area to firm the skin, add volume, and fill wrinkles.
What are the different Juvederm formulations?
- Juvéderm® XC
Parentheses are useful for noting an aside in your writing, but they’re unwelcome on your face. As the skin loses elasticity and moisture, some people form relatively deep parentheses lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth. These are also referred to as nasolabial folds. You hear about all sorts of “anti-aging” serums and creams, but they only moisturize the skin’s surface. Juvéderm® XC adds volume beneath the skin to smooth these lines and folds.
- Juvéderm® Voluma XC
Experts call it “age-related midface volume loss.” You call it sagging cheeks. Over time as you lose the collagen to support your skin and as your underlying muscles weaken, your cheeks flatten. Juvéderm® Voluma XC is designed to add volume beneath the skin’s surface to lift and contour the cheek area. Plump cheeks are a tenet of a younger look.
- Juvéderm®Ultra XC
You may not think about your lips with facial aging, but our lips thin as we get older, losing the same support as our skin. Other women have never been happy with the fullness of their lips. Juvéderm® Ultra XC is designed to plump the lips.
- Juvéderm®Volbella XC
This Juvederm option is brand new, coming on the market in summer 2016. Whereas Ultra XC adds fullness and plumps thin lips, Volbella XC is tailored to add subtle volume to the lips and smooth the appearance of vertical lip lines.
How long does Juvéderm® last?
All four Juvéderm® formulations are long lasting. Plus, future injections usually need less product to achieve the same results.
- Juvéderm®Voluma XC provides the longest-lasting hyaluronic acid filler results, restoring cheek volume for up to two years.
- Juvéderm®XC treats the wrinkles and lines around your mouth for up to one year.
- Juvéderm®Ultra XC plumps the lips for up to one year, with 78 percent of people treated expressing satisfaction with their lips after one year.
- Juvéderm®Volbella XC adds subtle volume for one year, with 80 percent of people treated reporting improved satisfaction with their lips one year after treatment.
Want to do something about the volume loss that has come with aging? Call Dr. Malamet at 818-380-3130 to make an appointment.
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