When it comes to facial sculpting treatments and fillers, everyone should have high expectations. Our highly experienced skin care professionals at Sheperd Integrative Dermatology in Mt. Pleasant will safely and artfully create natural-looking results you’ll love. If you are looking for a product that can help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, or if you simply want to lift and contour the face in a subtle way, then you should consider JuvedermÒ dermal fillers. These fillers contain hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally derived substance found throughout your body. JuvedermÒ offers immediate results and can last up to one year—no wonder it’s the number one selling dermal filler in the US.

Causes of Facial Aging

Before we delve into how Juvederm works, it may be helpful to understand the causes of facial aging in relation to hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule found naturally in the skin that helps bind water to collagen, making skin appear plumper, dewier, and more hydrated. In fact, it can attract and hold onto 1000x its weight in moisture! HA is also found in your joints, acting as a cushion for harsh impacts. Unfortunately, hyaluronic acid declines in both quantity and quality as you age.

As you grow older and lose hyaluronic acid, your skin will naturally become thinner and drier. Think of a dry riverbed: the drier it gets, the more cracks develop in the surface. Wrinkles are cracks that become creases and folds over time— Cue Juvederm®.

Juvederm® to the Rescue

A Juvederm® treatment can help reverse the process of facial aging created by a deficiency of hyaluronic acid. It contains HA within an extremely smooth gel, allowing for easy injections and instant, natural-looking results. After injection at the treatment sites, the product begins to immediately draw moisture into your skin to hydrate and plump it. It adds temporary volume to 'fill out' and smooth away facial wrinkles and folds. In addition to hyaluronic acid, the gel contains lidocaine to provide a more comfortable experience during and after treatment. Continue reading for the most popular Juvederm® formulations we offer here at Sheperd Integrative Dermatology.

Juvederm Voluma®

As you grow older, the cheeks may flatten and the skin may begin to sag. This is caused by natural loss of volume in the cheek area, or what the experts call age-related midface volume loss. Juvederm® Voluma is the first and only FDA-approved dermal filler to correct age-related volume loss in the midface in adults over the age of 21. Voluma was specifically formulated to add volume beneath the skin’s surface, providing lift and contour to the cheek area. It is clinically proven to last up to 2 years.

Juvederm Volbella®

Full lips with a defined border are a feature of youthful attractiveness. As we age, natural substances such as collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid that give skin structure and fullness gradually decrease. Therefore, our lips and surrounding areas lose the vital subdermal structure needed to remain full and plump. Juvederm® Volbella is for lip augmentation and correction of perioral lines or “lipstick lines”, in adults over the age of 21. It is the only facial filler clinically proven to last up to one year in the lips with a single treatment.

Juvederm Vollure®

Last but not least, we have Juvederm® Vollure. If you’re dealing with moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles such as “parentheses lines” around your mouth and nose, this is the perfect filler for you. Vollure can be injected to temporarily correct these nasolabial folds, leading to a more youthful and smooth facial appearance. It was shown to last up to 18 months from the initial or touch-up injection in a majority of subjects.

These are just a few of the fillers within the Juvederm® family of products that are offered at Sheperd Integrative Dermatology. To get all of the specifics about which Juvederm® product(s) best cater to your individual needs, book a consultation with one of our Mount Pleasant, SC skin care specialists.