Dermal fillers (including Juvederm) currently rank as the second most popular cosmetic non-surgical treatment in the US after Botox.
FDA-approved Juvederm is a dermal filler treatment with a high safety record. But some patients may have concerns about the sustainability of its outcomes.
During the pre-treatment consultation, the provider will explain the estimated longevity of Juvederm fillers to the patient. The patient should evaluate the estimated results and the sustainability of Juvederm dermal filler treatment in comparison to other similar soft tissue filler treatments to make a judicious choice.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bryson Richards provides facial filler injections to patients in Las Vegas, NV, and surrounding communities.
HA Cross-Linking Prolongs Longevity
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is the active component in Juvederm. The sustainability of the outcomes that this injectable filler treatment offers depends on the level of cross-linkage of the gel molecules.
The human body has a tendency to reject foreign materials. However, Juvederm contains HA which is a compound that is naturally found in the human body, enabling the body to accept it more easily.
This enables the filler gel to remain in the body for a longer period to offer long-lasting anti-aging outcomes. Juvederm provides patients with major improvement over animal-based collagen injectable treatments.
When animal-based fillers are used, the body rapidly detects the collagen as a foreign substance and disintegrates it. However, this does not happen in the case of Juvederm.
Many dermal filler treatments that are available today contain HA. But they do not last as long as Juvederm. Products that are non-cross linked will break down in a few days. However, Juvederm lasts at the treated area beneath the skin for a longer duration as its molecules are strongly cross-linked.
The advanced and patented Hylacross technology is the foundation of the Juvederm injectable treatment. This technology allows strong cross-linkage of the HA molecules enabling patients to enjoy the results of a single Juvederm dermal filler treatment for up to a year.
The area of the face being treated will also impact the longevity of Juvederm dermal fillers. The results may not sustain for long in facial areas with higher muscle movement.
For example, the area around the mouth experiences more movement. This higher motion means that the wrinkles and fine lines in this area may be more dynamic.
The longevity of Juvederm outcomes also depends on facial skin elasticity and the depth of the wrinkles. The effects of the treatment will dissipate slowly, and the entire gel will not break down at one time.
If a patient decides to receive a secondary Juvederm treatment after four to six months, the benefits of the treatment may be cumulative. In the secondary procedure, the dermal filler is “stacked” in the lips enabling the results to sustain for longer.
At times, the entire filler gel may disappear in around one year if the patient receives a secondary treatment after six months. The sustainability of Juvederm fillers also depends on the skill and technique of the injection provider.
Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Bryson Richards receives patients from Las Vegas, NV, and nearby areas for cosmetic soft tissue filler treatments.
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