There are many products in the market that are being used to smooth the skin’s lines, depressions and wrinkles.
In the U.S., the FDA is responsible for the sale and marketing of these products. Injectable fillers are supposed to be used to correct naso-labial folds. However physicians, with the approval of the patient, can use them in other parts of the body as an off-label use of the filler.
Juvederm® is a filler that uses a chemical “crosslinking” process that binds the chains of hyaluronic acid and form a long-lasting gel and stimulates collagen formation which gives skin a smooth consistency. Hyaluronic acid is a liquid that metabolizes in about half a day.
Juvederm® works well when used for non – surgical cosmetic procedures because hyaluronic acid is able to absorb a lot of water, therefore adding new volume under the surface of the skin and firming it up.
How safe are dermal filler injections?
Dermal filler injections have been approved by the FDA, and the reviews from people who have used them are positive. Since the substances used are similar in molecular structure to substances found in our body, we tend to tolerate them well. In addition, they are produced through a bio-technical process and contain no animal products. All of these features reduce the risk posed by allergens.
How is the dermal filler procedure done?
The dermal filler is slowly eased under the skin surface using a very fine needle. Depending on what you want to achieve, the dermal filler will be injected along facial folds and wrinkles or places in the face that have lost volume.
How long does it take to see the results?
After the injection, 50 to 75 percent of the effects are immediately seen. However for the full effect, you may have to wait for about 48 hours. The results last up to 18 months, after which you are required to receive more filler to maintain the rejuvenated appearance.
At what age should I start getting dermal filler injections?
This usually depends on the issue that you plan to address. Wrinkles usually start appearing at the middle age. However, lines start appearing much earlier. Moreover, there are other factors unrelated to age that these procedure can help with such as thin lips, sunken appearance, crooked nose and many more. This procedure cannot be done to people under the age of 18 years.
In conclusion, Juvederm® is designed to create more attractive and youthful facial contours and add volume to specific areas.
This article was originally published by Murray Riggins, M.D. on MyMASC.com. Dr. Riggins offers cosmetic medical treatments at his Gadsden, Alabama practice, and he provides beauty and health products to customers across the country. Learn more about Instantly Ageless and FGXpress PowerStrips.