b. plumped but don’t quack

Dermal filler is an amazing tool when used appropriately.  It can take years off of an aged face and give a sense of refreshment & relaxation to the patient.  Unfortunately, dermal filler is often over utilized;  excessive volumes & improper placement lead to “duck lips,”  “monkey face,” eye injuries, and some scary looking characters.

If you are interested in dermal filler, like Juvederm, it is important that you think about the following:

1. what am I trying to achieve?

2.  what bothers me the most?  [taking things one step at a time is a good idea.  You may not be happy if you drastically change your appearance]

3.  am I willing to take good care of my skin?  [healthy skin is a critical component of “youthfulness.”  If you want plump lips but you aren’t interested in wearing sunscreen, you may be throwing money down the drain.]

There is a lot I could say, but I want to focus on critical things to be aware of:

1.  Tear trough injections – you can end up with complications affecting your eyes.  Forget looking good, don’t you want to be able to SEE???  There have been many reported cases of complications related to dermal filler injections in the tear trough area.  If you are considering this site I would highly recommend seeing an oculoplastics specialist.

2.  Less is more – who wants to look like a duck?  “Not I” said the fly…”not me” said the flea.  Bottom line:  it is unnatural & unattractive to have duck lips.  Take it slow.  You can always add more!  You don’t need the whole syringe injected into your lips…just trust me on this one.

3.  Monkey Face – this is the term I use to describe women who have had too much dermal filler injected into their nasolabial folds.  You know who they are.  That lady you saw at Publix.  She looked sort of good, but then there was something weird about her.  Her face looked sort of full.  Did she have gum in her mouth?  NASOLABIAL FOLDS ARE SUPPOSED TO EXIST.  Dermal filler should be used to soften them, not eradicate them completely.  When you overfill these folds it really is quite odd-looking.

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b. informed…what is Juvederm?

Schedule a consultation with our beauty doctors;  b. renewed, skin rejuvenation.

The History of Hyaluronic Acid

In the 1930s, researchers discovered a natural substance in the body that they named hyaluronic acid. They found that it played a key role in numerous areas of the body including the maintenance of skin volume and hydration. In the early 2000’s, the first hyaluronic acid facial filler received approval in Canada and the United States for the correction of facial wrinkles and folds. Today, hyaluronic acid-based facial fillers are the fastest growing non-surgical aesthetic procedure in North America.

JUVÉDERM® is made of hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the body and retains water under the skin to smooth away lines, restore lost volume and maintain skin hydration. Much like a sponge, its primary function is to bind and absorb water, which creates volume in the face. In fact, hyaluronic acid can absorb more than 1,000 times its weight – acting like a super sponge under your skin. Hyaluronic acid can be thought of as the body’s internal moisturizer. As the skin ages and is exposed to environmental pollutants and ultraviolet rays, the cells lose the ability to produce hyaluronic acid. As a result, the skin begins to lose volume, often resulting in the formation of facial wrinkles and folds.

JUVÉDERM® achieves facial rejuvenation by replacing hyaluronic acid lost over time, smoothing lines, restoring lost skin volume, and keeping your skin hydrated. Best of all, the results are instantaneous, look natural, and may last up to a year3 with no downtime.

 

How it Works

Skin rejuvenation treatments with JUVÉDERM® are quick, simple, comfortable, and non-surgical. The procedure will have you looking and feeling instantly refreshed. The treatment administered by your cosmetic doctor involves subtle and strategically placed JUVÉDERM®injections under the skin to restore and boost individual facial features.

It will add volume and definition to facial features while keeping your appearance looking natural, symmetrical, and well-balanced. Whether you are interested in enhancing facial features or refreshing and rejuvenating your appearance, JUVÉDERM® can be used to:

  • Soften smile lines
  • Restore lost fullness in your cheeks
  • Enhance lips
  • Contour your jaw line

The treatment is comfortable thanks to the patented formulation of JUVÉDERM® XC (extra comfort) that includes lidocaine – a localized pain reliever. After the treatment, the appearance of lines on your face will be reduced, your lips will appear fuller and more defined, and your cheeks plump. You will leave looking naturally refreshed – so that everyone will notice, but no one will know!

Refresh and Rejuvenate

JUVÉDERM® can instantly refresh and rejuvenate your appearance by smoothing unwanted lines, restoring natural contours and replacing lost cheek volume. JUVÉDERM® is placed beneath wrinkles and folds to ‘fill in’ or ‘plump up’ the depression. The most appropriate lines to treat with JUVÉDERM® are those that are described as static lines you can see when your face is not moving (like smile lines). The most commonly treated areas include smile lines (or nasolabial folds), mouth lines (or marionette lines), smoker lines (or vertical lip lines), cheeks or chin.

 

Text courtesy of Allergan Juvederm web page