For many people, one of the most unpleasant aspects of the aging process is the tendency of the skin to lose volume, leading to the appearance of lines, wrinkles and folds. These signs of aging are normally most noticeable in the face.
Fortunately, we live in an era of exciting advances in the field of cosmetic medicine. These advances make it possible to slow or even reverse lines, wrinkles and folds by restoring lost facial volume.
Before looking at a recent cosmetic innovation for reversing fine lines, wrinkles and folds, it may be helpful to understand how skin ages in the first place. One of the reasons why skin ages and loses volume is the gradual loss of something called hyaluronic acid, a special substance known for attracting and binding water molecules. In fact, hyaluronic acid is able to hold many times its own weight in water. It is found in many of the body’s soft tissues and helps to cushion your joints from impacts and plump your skin.
This same property also lends resilience to your skin because each individual skin cell is plumper and better able to withstand damaging environmental impacts. However, as we age, our bodies produce progressively less hyaluronic acid. As a result, our skin begins losing volume.
Juvederm® is an injectable dermal filler consisting of a smooth gel containing hyaluronic acid. It helps replace missing hyaluronic acid to immediately restore lost skin volume and smooth away fine lines and wrinkles.
This injectable contains a special formulation of hyaluronic acid that is “cross-linked”, meaning the original hyaluronic acid is changed into a gel form, which allows it to be injected into the skin where it is needed the most.
There are other dermal fillers available, but Juvederm® is special because it is the only hyaluronic acid filler that has been approved by the FDA with results lasting up to one year. The unique manufacturing process that creates Juvederm® offers a higher concentration of hyaluronic acid that is cross-linked. This leads to results that appear natural, and the gel moves smoothly into the skin. Juvederm® is also the only dermal filler available that is known for being safe and effective for people of color.
Normally, the injections take less than 30 minutes to complete. Juvederm® treatment is not a permanent solution to lost skin volume. You will require follow-up treatments to maintain your results.
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