As we age, there is a loss of support to the skin in the cheek area. This is due to loss of fat, collagen and elastin. Additionally, gravity takes its toll on us over time and causes the skin to fall downwards. This gives us the deep folds in the nasolabial region, as well as fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth. Many people also develop sunken cheeks from aging or excessive dieting. Unfortunately, we can't control where we lose fat when we diet and exercise. We may lose it in our breasts and cheeks, in addition to our hips and tummy. This loss of volume in the cheeks can really make you look old and haggard.
When many people think of dermal fillers like Juvederm, they think of filling lines and wrinkles on the face. What people may not know is that Juvederm Ultra Plus can be used to give a sort of mini face lift. According to Melanie Erb, CRNP of Hela Spa in Washington, DC, "Facial fillers can be used to help fill in those folds and wrinkles with a great result, however, if you get to the root of the problem, you can get an even better result. By using fillers like Juvederm Ultra Plus in the mid-face and cheek area you can lift the face, as well as correct the folds and wrinkles."
Treatment with Juvederm Ultra Plus is the only way to get this lift, aside from surgery such as cheek implants, or a mini-facelift. Restoring volume to the cheeks with Juvederm Ultra Plus is preferable for several reasons: the results are more natural appearing, there is virtually no recuperation, and results can be adjusted. Another benefit is that Juvederm Ultra Plus lasts much longer than other fillers. When injected at a deep level within the dermis, benefits have been reported to last for up to a year.
Q: How do you find a good doctor?
A: Ask the doctors with whom you already have a relationship for their recommendation. Also, talk to your friends or contacts who have had Botox and whose result looks natural. Also, be sure to research online.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Pricing varies, but you will see many charging $500 - 700 per syringe.
Q: Are there things I need to do before the treatment?
A: Yes, you should avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications such as Aspirin and Ibuprofen, as well as certain vitamins such as vitamin E, garlic, and gingko, for 1 week prior to the procedure to minimize the risk of bruising.
Q: Is there downtime and are there things I shouldn't do after treatment?
A: There really isn't any downtime. It is normal to experience some swelling and tenderness which may last 2-3 days. You may also have some bruising which will go away within a week. It is recommended that you avoid strenuous exercise, consumption of alcoholic beverages, and extended exposure to sun or heat for up to 24 hours after your treatment.
Q: How long does it last?
A: Juvederm Ultra Plus lasts 6 to 8 months, or longer.
Q: How often do you have to go in for touch-ups?
A: When the effects start wearing off, you will notice a very gradual fading of its effects. At this point you will return for your next treatment. You won't need to go in for another treatment until you get to the point that you feel you need more, and this varies for everyone based on how long the results last, and your personal preference.
Q: How is Juvederm Ultra Plus administered?
A: I was given a dental block like you'd have when getting dental work. I was completely numb, but I'll be honest, it was nice to have someone's hand to squeeze as it is a tad painful -- more than Botox, because a larger needle is used. We must be strong and suffer for beauty, though. Sometimes a small amount of anesthetic is mixed into the fillers to help control the pain.
After you're numb, the physician eases the syringe beneath the skin injecting the Juvederm Ultra Plus as the syringe is withdrawn. Juvederm Ultra Plus is made from hyaluronic acid which is a natural complex sugar found in all living cells and one of the major components in the dermal layer of the skin. Hyaluronic acid retains water like a sponge, absorbing more than 1000 times its weight. This helps to attract and maintain water, hydrating your skin and increasing its volume and density.
Q: When do I see the results?
A: Immediately, although you may have some swelling, so once the swelling goes away in a day or so, you'll see the full effect.
Q: What are the side effects?
A: Most side effects are mild or moderate in nature, and last less than a week. The most common side effects include, but are not
limited to, temporary injection-site reactions such as: redness, pain/tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps/bumps, bruising, itching, and discoloration. As with all skin injection procedures, there is a risk of infection.
Q: Is it worth it?
A: Yes! You wear your face every day. It's the first thing people see. We spend a lot of money on shoes, purses, clothing, manicures and our hair, but investing in your face should be a top priority.
Be sure to consult your physician to review your medical history to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for treatment.
Published On: June 24, 2009