Are fine lines and wrinkles all you can focus on when you look in the mirror? If this is true for you, then you should know that you aren’t alone. The natural aging process affects many people by impacting positive self-image when fine lines and volume loss seem to develop overnight – and when no over-the-counter products seem to be effective for anti-aging concerns. At East Bay Aesthetic Surgery in Pleasanton, CA, we know that minimally invasive aesthetic techniques like Juvederm Pleasanton dermal fillers can effectively reverse the visible signs of aging.
What Are Juvederm Dermal Fillers?
There are many different dermal fillers available to modern patients, including Juvederm Pleasanton dermal fillers. Among all dermal filler brands, the Juvederm Pleasanton collection is the most robust and often considered the most effective filler option for most people. New scientific breakthroughs in dermal filler technology have made fillers both more accessible and specific.
This is particularly true for this brand collection of fillers as there are several options to choose from to treat specific concerns. For the most part, dermal fillers in this collection are used to treat visible signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles. However, it must also be noted that dermal fillers in this collection can also be used to contour and sculpt the face. Some common uses for dermal fillers include:
- Crow’s feet
- Forehead lines
- Glabellar lines
- Frown lines
- Smile lines
- Vertical lip lines
- Hollow cheeks
- Hollow under-eyes
- Nasolabial folds
- Chin wrinkles
Do Dermal Fillers Replace Botox?
The answer to this question is yes and no. Sometimes, dermal fillers are used to replace Botox for patients who were either unsatisfied with Botox results or who did not respond well to the neurotoxins in the Botox formula. Dermal fillers can replace Botox and other neuromodulators in the sense that fillers can diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles just as well, if not better, than other injectable treatments.
But it’s also true that many people combine Botox and dermal fillers to achieve their aesthetic goals. It can be useful for those who have a combination of anti-aging concerns to use both dermal fillers and neuromodulators to smooth away the appearance of fine lines and restore facial volume.
When Can You See Results from Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers tend to produce results very quickly. In fact, many people can see the results of dermal filler treatments within as little as one to three days. Although these initial treatments are attributed to the infusion of hydration into the sub-dermal layers of skin, it’s also true that the results of dermal fillers continue to improve over time.
How Do Juvederm Pleasanton Dermal Fillers Work?
Juvederm Pleasanton dermal fillers are all formulated with hyaluronic acid, a special sugar-based molecule that is found naturally in the skin. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are the most common type of dermal filler and are sometimes the most effective. This is because hyaluronic acid immediately plumps the skin by retaining more water and increasing collagen production in the sub-dermal layers of the skin naturally.
Dermal filler treatments work with minimally invasive injections. Usually, an aesthetician will make several injections on various areas of the face to create a natural-looking rejuvenated result. Most of the time, a topical numbing cream will be used to ensure patient comfort during the treatment.
How Do Dermal Fillers Work for Contouring?
Dermal fillers for restoring lost volume work the same way for contouring or sculpting the face. The only difference in the process is the fact that injections for contouring tend to be made in “bony” areas of the face, such as the jawline, nose, or cheekbones.
When dermal fillers are used to contour the face, injections are usually to “over-fill” an area. Unlike when fillers are used to restore facial volume, the goal of contouring with a filler is to enhance the volume that is already there. This is true even for lip fillers, which are commonly used to enhance the size and shape of the lips.
Why Is Hyaluronic Acid Important?
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring sugar molecule that is strongly associated with retaining water in the skin. This special molecule is capable of holding several times its own weight in water, which is why hyaluronic acid contributes heavily to maintaining volume in the skin. As a result of the natural aging process, the amount of hyaluronic acid in the sub-dermal layers of the skin decreases, along with proteins that support skin structure, like collagen and elastin.
The reason why hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are so effective is that not only do these fillers instantly increase skin volume but they also naturally increase collagen production. Some studies suggest that collagen production increases drastically in the presence of hyaluronic acid, which is probably why so many anti-aging products are focusing on this molecule.
How Much Filler Will You Need?
The amount of filler you will need for your treatment will depend on a few factors. For example, the purpose of your treatment may determine how much filler you need. Those who are using fillers for contouring purposes may not need as much filler as those who are restoring facial volume.
Another major factor in deciding how much filler is necessary for your treatment will be the condition of your skin. Those who are only treating mild appearance-related concerns will need less filler than those who are treating moderate or severe volume loss. The number of areas being treated at one time will also contribute to how much filler is necessary to achieve your aesthetic goals.
Is This Treatment Safe?
Yes, the dermal fillers in this collection are safe. This brand of dermal fillers has been approved by the FDA since 2006 and is a trusted aesthetic treatment by many dermatologists.
The popularity of this brand of dermal fillers has continued to grow over the years – and even the newer variations of the original formula are deemed safe. The safety of this product is largely attributed to the inherent biological compatibility of hyaluronic acid. Even the synthetic hyaluronic acid used in dermal fillers poses a very low risk of an allergic reaction.
How Long Will Your Results Last?
One of the great things about dermal fillers is the fact that they produce incredibly long-lasting results. Many dermal fillers can last for over 12 months, with some lasting as long as 18 to 24 months. Other dermal fillers, such as those for the lips, can last for 6 months or more.
Naturally, the longevity of your results will be determined by the exact variation used in your treatment. Generally speaking, fillers used in the mid-face tend to last longer than those used on more mobile areas, such as around the eyes or on the lips. This is because fillers used on areas of the face with frequent movement will break down more quickly – but even then, this brand of dermal fillers boasts some of the longest-lasting results on the market.
What Variant Options Are Available?
There are many dermal fillers in the Juvederm Pleasanton collection that can help enhance and rejuvenate your appearance. The dermal filler that is right for you will depend on your aesthetic goals and the condition of your appearance-related concerns. Your options will include:
Voluma is a dense variant that is used to restore lost volume in the mid-face, usually the cheeks. This particular filler is a good choice for those who have moderate age-related concerns, as well as those who need to restore the appearance of hollowness in the cheeks. The results of Voluma injections can last for 18 to 24 months for most people, making Voluma treatments the longest-lasting filler in the entire collection.
Vollure is a variant that is most similar to the original formula and is used to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face. In particular, this treatment is ideal for addressing lines in the mid-face, such as nasolabial folds, chin wrinkles, and mild skin laxity. The results of Vollure can usually last for 12 to 18 months for most people.
Volbella is a silky, ultra-smooth variant that is designed to increase lip volume and soften the appearance of lip lines, including “lipstick” lines, vertical lip lines, and downturned lip corners. Volbella produces natural-looking results and can enhance the shape of the lips for contouring purposes. The results of this filler can last from six to 12 months on average.
Ultra Plus is the most advanced and heavy-duty dermal filler in the collection. This particular filler is designed to treat deep lines and facial folds, including dynamic wrinkles, and is an ideal choice for those who have severe volume loss. Ultra Plus results can last up to 12 months at a time. Other dermal fillers with similar density from other brands tend to only last for nine months, which means Ultra Plus is a good money-saving alternative.
What Is Treatment Like?
If this is your first time using a dermal filler or your first time having a filler at our clinic, then you will need to attend a consultation appointment. The consultation will allow you to meet an aesthetic professional to assess the condition of your appearance-related concerns and the expectations you have for your treatment. During the consultation, we will gather relevant medical information, including any allergies you may have to lidocaine or other active ingredients in the treatment.
There are some things you will need to do before your treatment appointment. For example, you will need to avoid taking aspirin or other blood-thinning medications for at least five days. You may also need to stop taking certain supplements that can complicate the treatment process, as well. We may provide you with additional pre-treatment instructions before your appointment, such as skincare products (like Retinol) that you should stop using before your treatment.
After your appointment, you can resume most daily activities. You will not need to schedule any time off work after your appointment and you will be able to drive yourself home. There are only a few things you will need to avoid, such as:
- Alcohol consumption
- Tanning beds
- Saunas or hot tubs
- Hot water on the face
- Rubbing or touching the face
We may provide you with additional directions, such as the best way to sleep or the best skincare products to use after your treatment to enhance your results.
Start Feeling More Confident Today
The natural aging process is unavoidable and can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. But the right aesthetic treatment can reverse the visible signs of aging and help restore your confidence. Juvederm Pleasanton dermal fillers are highly effective and can produce natural-looking, long-lasting results. If you believe this dermal filler collection is right for your aesthetic goals, contact East Bay Aesthetic Surgery in Pleasanton, CA to schedule your consultation today!