JUVÉDERM is an injectable dermal filler featuring hyaluronic acid and lidocaine. It is one of the most popular anti-aging treatments we offer at Steele Creek Dermatology in Charlotte, NC. People often ask a lot of questions about this FDA-approved treatment. Today, we’re answering some of the most frequently asked questions we get about this treatment to help you determine if it sounds like a good fit for you. Let’s get started.
How Quickly Does JUVÉDERM Start Working?
JUVÉDERM starts to work as soon as it is injected. However, it will take several days to see the final results of your treatment. Typically, you can expect to see your desired results 10 to 14 days after your injections are administered. Depending on the severity of your cosmetic concerns, you may need multiple vials administered during your treatment session. You should not expect, however, to need multiple treatment sessions to achieve your desired aesthetic.
Other FAQs Answered
Can I Do Anything to See My Final Results Faster?
Yes, there are steps you can take to see your final results faster. The final results of this treatment are derived from the extra localized collagen production that is encouraged during the injection session. To see your final results more quickly, you need to help your skin produce collagen more efficiently by making sure that it has all of the fuel it needs. Some of the most important things for you to consume in abundance to achieve this goal include:
- Amino acids
- Vitamin C
How Long Can I Expect My Results To Last?
The longevity of your results depends on several factors, including your age and the areas targeted for treatment. Typically, the younger you are, the longer you can expect your desired results to last.
Another factor that affects how long you can expect your results to last is your skincare routine. The better you are at taking care of your skin after your treatment, the longer you will be able to go between treatment sessions. Generally, you can expect your results to last 12 to 18 months.
What Can I Do to Extend the Longevity of My Results?
To extend the longevity of your results, you need to protect your collagen as well as you can. Do not consume excessive quantities of alcohol, and do not smoke or consume other tobacco products. These substances can do significant damage to your collagen and drastically slow down the rate at which your skin can produce more collagen. Another effective step you can take to extend the longevity of your results is to minimize UVR exposure.
Research shows that UV damage is the leading cause of premature skin aging, so avoiding tanning booths will go a long way in helping your results remain. Note that when UV exposure is unavoidable, you should be wearing sunscreen that provides adequate protection. Other highly effective steps you can take to make your results last longer include staying hydrated and eating nutritiously. Aim to eat produce and a good deal of protein with every meal.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
You need to sit down with a cosmetic expert and discuss your health and goals before you can know for sure if this treatment is appropriate for you. If you are experiencing volume loss-related aging signs, you will probably qualify. However, due to the inclusion of lidocaine in the formula, you will be considered a poor fit for this treatment if you are allergic to lidocaine. Similarly, you may be considered a poor fit for this treatment if you are allergic to gram-positive bacteria.
Furthermore, you may not want to get this treatment if you have a history of severe reactions to histamines, like anaphylactic shock. Other contraindications include skin irritation at the planned injection site, acute illnesses, certain chronic conditions, like untreated diabetes, pregnancy, and breastfeeding.
What If My Cosmetic Concerns Aren’t Volume Loss-Related?
If your cosmetic concerns are not caused by volume loss, then JUVÉDERM injections will not be effective for you. However, you can still achieve your desired aesthetic without surgery. BOTOX or Dysport injections may be ideal for you if you have cosmetic concerns caused by overactive muscles.
Am I a Good Candidate for BOTOX Injections?
If you are between the ages of 18 and 65 and have moderate or severe frown lines, there is a very strong possibility that you will be considered a good candidate for BOTOX injections. However, an initial consultation that involves a thorough evaluation of your health history, current health, cosmetic concerns, and aesthetic goals is required to verify your candidacy for this treatment.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
JUVÉDERM starts working immediately, but it can take roughly 10 to 14 days to see your desired results. To see your ideal results as quickly as possible, do your best to stay hydrated, keep your skin moisturized and protected from UV damage, and eat lots of nutritious foods. If you think this injectable anti-aging treatment sounds like a good fit for you, contact us today at Steele Creek Dermatology in Charlotte, NC to schedule your initial consultation.