JUVEDERM FILLERS AND DERMAL FILLER INJECTION

JUVEDERM FILLERS AND DERMAL FILLER INJECTION

Facial fillers or dermal fillers work effectively to lift the eyebrows, remove under eye circles, plump thinning lips, smooth out smile lines, enhance cheekbones, and leave you feeling and looking rejuvenate, rested, and younger. Dermal fillers or facial fillers can be administered within 30 minutes and the procedure does not require any downtime afterward.

How can I choose dermal fillers?

There are several dermal fillers available on the market and in clinics. Finding the perfect dermal fillers will depend on the doctor’s preference, your budget, and your skin nuances (sun damage and the elasticity of your skin). Note that the procedure that works for one individual may likely not be the right treatment for you.

Dermal fillers are quite different from injectable treatment like Xeomin, Dysport, or Botox, which act as wrinkle relaxers. However, like dermal fillers, these treatments are injected, and work in diverse ways: wrinkle relaxers paralyze muscles that bring forth wrinkles. Wrinkle relaxers do not plump or fill an area. However, they are used with fillers to reduce wrinkles.

So if you are thinking of using needles, it is important to go for the most prevalent dermal fillers like Juvederm for best results.

Juvederm is more like a miracle worker when it comes to diminishing wrinkles, facial lines, and folds. Juvederm can all also make your lips look fuller and contoured.

What are the types of Juvederm fillers?

Sometimes it can get really confusing differentiating the types of Juvederm. Not to worry, here are guidelines explaining the dissimilarities and what each type is used for.

  • Juvederm Voluma filler

The Juvederm Voluma is a type of Juvederm that is great for adding a lot of volume to the mid-region (cheeks and nose area) of the face. If there is no longer volume in your cheeks and face, then Voluma is the best option for you. As we grow old, the cheeks start to lose volume naturally causing the skin to sag. Using Juvederm Voluma will help correct volume loss in the mid-region, create a youthful look, and assist in contouring the face.

  • Juvederm Volbella filler

The Juvederm Volbella makes your lips look naturally full in a light and soft way. Juvederm Volbella – hyaluronic acid filler, is very much accepted by the human tissues. The key difference between Juvederm Volbella and other types of lip fillers is that Juvederm Volbella has a subtle and light formula, which gives the lips a plumper and natural-looking pout.  What’s more, Juvederm Volbella is long-lasting – it can last for one year. It takes only a few minutes to administer the injections and there is little or no downtime.

  • Juvederm Volift filler

The Vollure is softer than Voluma; however, it has a high efficacy than Volbella. Juvederm Vollure is the ideal balance between all the types of Juvederm. Vollure is perfect for smoothing out wrinkles, fine lines, and deep folds of the skin. The filler is amazing because it solves patients’ facial problems and lasts longer than most dermal fillers out there. A Juvederm Vollure injection can last for 1 year and even up to eighteen months.

How does Juvederm filler work?

The key ingredient in Juvederm products is Hyaluronic acid – It soaks up the fluid and then plumps up skin or area where the Juvederm was injected.

Juvederm Ultra XC contains a compound called Lidocaine – a topical anesthetic that assists in reducing the pain during injection. It is also used to achieve fuller lips.

What are the different ways of injecting dermal fillers?

Conventionally, dermal fillers are injected with needles. As a matter of fact, dermal fillers still comes with 2 short (1/2 inches) needles for injecting dermal fillers. Nonetheless, there are many advantages that come with not using the needle that comes with the product. Most people now use a cannula for injecting the dermal filler.

Microcannula Vs Needles – what are the differences?

When making use of a needle for injecting fillers, the needle’s sharpest tip penetrates the skin to the area where the dermal filler is injected. However, the tip of a Cannula is blunt, and so it cannot make a hole through the skin.

A needle makes an entry point so the microcannula can pass through the skin to the area where the filler will be injected. The tip of the microcannula can enter the same point again without injuring the patient when a separate needle is used.

Since the Microcannula is not sharp-tipped, it doesn’t injure the tissues of the skin. Needles, being very sharp tipped pass through the artery or vein easily, causing significant swelling, bruising or serious health complications. However, Cannulae are blunt; hence, they are less likely to go into an artery or vein. The bruises or swelling causes by cannulae is significantly less (if any).

The blunt tip of a cannula pushes the arteries or veins aside when injected into the skin. Additionally, the practitioner or dermatologist injecting the dermal filler will feel the resistance from the structures when a cannula passes through the skin. This way, the practitioner will know when to change the direction of the cannula and when to apply pressure.

Finally, cannulae are mostly longer than needles; hence, they extend to more areas of the skin with lesser entry points.

Who cannot receive Juvederm filler treatment?

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding mothers
  • People with excessive scarring like keloid formations, hypertrophic scarring, and pigmentation disorders – using Juvederm may cause changes in pigmentation and additional scars.
  • People who have recently undergone any chemical peel or laser treatments as these may cause skin inflammation
  • Patients who are on an immunosuppressive therapy, as this therapy may increase infection

How can I prepare for Juvederm filler treatment?

  • Before treatment, avoid using any blood thinners that can elongate bleeding. Such medications include ibuprofen and aspirin, as these may increase bleeding or bruising in the treated area.
  • A day before treatment, make sure you reduce strenuous exercise, prolonged exposure heat or sunlight, and alcoholic drinks.

What are the side effects?

The common side effects include lumps/bumps, redness, pain, swelling, discoloration, tenderness, firmness, dryness, bruising, and itching at the injection site.

  • Juvederm Voluma side effects recorded were mild and lasts for approximately 4 weeks.
  • For Juvederm Vollure and Juvederm Ultra, the side effects recorded were mild lasted for 14 days.
  • For Juvederm Volbella, side effects recorded were moderate or mild and lasted for about 30 days.

Report any side effects to your skin care specialist or doctor for more information.

2018-03-27T07:06:46+00:00

About the Author:

Ph.D., MSc, CDE, CRE, APA, MBA candidate, Director of Albany Cosmetic and Laser Centre INC

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