The quest for beauty is eternal, but when it comes to facial rejuvenation surgery, procedures are a far cry from what they used to be. As stated by academics at Kontis TC in research on the history of injectable facial fillers, it wasn’t until 1981 that bovine collagen became the first agent to be approved by the FDA for cosmetic injection. Since then, various fillers have been developed, with Juvederm Voluma currently considered a top choice to add fullness. Why is this so relevant to the surgical domain? Because prior to fillers, doctors only had one choice when it came to facelifts: lifting excess skin, resulting in a ‘tight’ look that lacked the volume that real youth bestows.
A Blend Of Surgical And Non-Surgical Approaches
Today, products like Juvederm Voluma allow surgeons to display their artistry to a far greater extent. Using a blend of surgery, fillers and (sometimes) fat transfer, they are able to lend faces plumpness and harmony that literally takes years off the face. The characteristic signs of aging are usually the same. Fat and skin in the eye and cheekbone area begin to battle against gravity, and the result can be everything from sunken eyelids to a sallow cheekbone area, and even the appearance of marionette lines.
How Can Juvederm Voluma Help?
As stated by Viva Day Spa, Juvederm Voluma (an FDA-approved dermal filler) can help reduce the signs of aging without surgery by lifting the cheeks and creating a more sculpted cheek line, while simultaneously addressing sagging in the mid-cheek. This and other similar fillers can delay your desire for a facelift, but if you have already had surgery, it can help extend the time between your first and follow-up surgeries. That is, it can extend the youth-bestowing effects of a facelift by providing the required volume. In addition to lifting and contouring cheeks, this treatment can also be used to smooth lines and wrinkles and add volume to the lips.
Rejuvenating Skin From Within
Juvederm is just one filler currently used by doctors across the globe. Also popular are treatments like Radiesse, which also fills in lines, lends greater volume, and lends a firmer look to the skin. Like Juvederm, Radiesse does more than cause an immediate change in appearance. It also stimulates the skin’s collagen-producing activity. Collagen is the basic building block of skin, lending its strength and elasticity. Loss of collagen is one of the processes that lead the skin to look older. Collagen forms a fibrous network of cells upon which new cells grow. It is necessary for the structural integrity of the skin.
What does a Juvederm Voluma Treatment Involve?
Juvederm is applied directly to the skin via injection with a fine needle. Your doctor will use a local anesthetic (lidocaine) to reduce discomfort, though other numbing options are available. After the treatment, some people have side-effects such as slight redness, swelling, or itching. Your doctor will usually instruct you to avoid excessive heat (such as saunas or hot showers), strenuous exercise, sunlight, and alcohol for around 24 hours or longer. You may also be told to avoid aspirin, essential fatty acids, Gingko Biloba, and other substances that can potentially increase bleeding and bruising.
How Long do the Effects of Juvederm Voluma Last?
You will usually begin to notice the effects of this filler around two to three weeks after the treatment when the swelling has completely subsided. The effects usually last for between six months and two years. Usually, follow-up appointments will be made with your doctor so you can determine a regular treatment schedule.
Can You Avoid A Facelift Altogether?
Usually, finding the perfect treatment or combination of treatments is decided upon by doctors and patients together. Plastic surgeons often recommend different treatments depending on the actual (not biological) age of skin. They can recommend, for instance, treatments like Fraxel or Fractora for fine lines and wrinkles. These treatments target problems such as acne scarring and hyperpigmentation, which can also wrest from your skin’s smoothness and luminosity.
Botox and Fillers
Botox makes a perfect partner for fillers like Juvederm Voluma since it works in a completely different fashion. Rather than simply filling in lines and sunken areas, Botox paralyzes the muscle so it does not move, thus helping prevent the formation of new wrinkles. When lines are already deep, however, fillers can step in to correct issues such as frown lines and marionette lines. Depending on the age of your skin and on your targets, your doctor may recommend different treatments. For instance, patients just starting out with this type of treatment may start with Botox, which will help smoothen fine wrinkles. Fillers are broken down relatively quickly by the body, so a back-up treatment like Botox (which can help wrinkles from developing) is a good ally to have by your side if you wish to stick to relatively non-invasive treatments.