JUVÉDERM® Collection of Fillers
When you look in a mirror are you noticing deeply etched nasolabial folds (also known as smile or parentheses lines) or marionette lines? Are your lips thinning, losing fullness or developing perioral lip lines (smokers lines) that your lipstick bleeds into? Are the corners of your mouth turning down making you look sad? Are you developing a knobby looking chin because of a deep horizontal crease beneath your lower lip? Are you seeing hollows under your eyes that make you look tired and haggard? The bad news is that these are all signs of an aging face. The good news is that in Allergan’s JUVÉDERM® Collection of Fillers there are five different hyaluronic acid dermal fillers developed to correct these signs of aging.
Hyaluronic acid is a polysaccharide that is present in most of the cells in our body but especially in our skin. Hyaluronic acid holds moisture as it has an infinity for water molecules. Allergan processes hyaluronic acid into dermal fillers using either the Hylacross™ or Vycross® technology. The molecules are cross-linked to produce dermal fillers that have different viscosities and that are indicated for correcting volume loss in different areas of the face.
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are an inexpensive non-invasive way to correct volume loss. They have evolved over the years to be safe, long lasting and easy to administer. Volume loss in your face makes you look tired, gaunt and older than you are. Replacing volume loss can make a big difference in how you look and feel about yourself and how others see you. After a treatment, you will notice a smooth natural look giving you a more youthful appearance. Your friends will be asking if you have been on vacation since you look so refreshed.
I prefer treating patients with a dermal filler selected from Allergan’s JUVÉDERM® Collection of Fillers. There are currently five JUVÉDERM® dermal fillers FDA approved for use in the U.S.
All of the dermal fillers in the JUVÉDERM® Collection of Fillers come premixed with lidocaine for a more comfortable treatment experience and can be dissolved with a simple enzyme treatment if need be. With a JUVÉDERM® treatment you will see an instant volume correction that may last 12 to 24 months depending on the filler used and on the area injected. When you are a Brilliant Distinctions® member, each syringe of JUVÉDERM® earns points redeemable for coupons to discount subsequent treatments.
The injection procedure of these dermal fillers produces minimal discomfort. On areas of the face, a topical numbing cream is applied for 20-30 minutes. For lip augmentation injections, a dental infiltrate with lidocaine is performed to decrease discomfort. Once started, most dermal filler treatments take 30 minutes or less.
It is best to have a treatment plan when correcting volume loss in several areas with dermal fillers. Typically I recommend starting with the area of greatest concern and encourage patients to have treatments in stages. Too many injections in any one session can become unbearable. After a treatment, you will want to re-evaluate the area to consider if another layer of dermal filler needs to be added. With a full correction in one area, you may then see another area that needs treatment for an overall natural look.