Juvederm® is a very popular solution for filling in fine to deep lines and wrinkles of the face, and is a number one solution for those “smile lines,” also referred to as nasolabial folds. It is also very effective in filling out the lips, facial scars and smoothing out other undesirable lines that contribute to the look of older, damaged skin. Read on for more details on Juvederm®, and how it works.
Juvederm® is Based on a Substance Already Found in the Body
One of the beauties of Juvederm® is that it is based on a substance called hyaluronic acid, which is already naturally occurring in the body. Hyaluronic acid is found all throughout the body, fifty percent of which is found in the skin. It binds with hundreds of other protein molecules and provides a foundation upon which new tissue can be generated from. Additionally, hyaluronic acid is a powerful humectant, effectively sealing in moisture to keep other key structural proteins such as collagen and elastin, hydrated.
Juvederm’s Role in the Aging Process
As we age, our bodies produce an excess of hyaluronidase, which is an enzyme that depletes our hyaluronic acid and collagen stores. As a result, the skin loses its laxity, and lines and wrinkles form. By augmenting one’s depleted hyaluronic acid stores with the Juvederm® treatment, the patient will enjoy immediate results after just a brief period of redness at the injection site. Juvederm® is far more effective than using hyaluronic acid based beauty creams, as it reaches the deeper levels of the skin, where deep lines and wrinkles originate. Studies indicate that the Juvederm treatment can even put a halt to the breakdown to existing collagen, and even encourage new collagen production.
Juvederm® Treatment Types
Juvederm® Ultra or Juvederm® Ultra Plus are two formulations available to patients, depending on the individual’s needs. Juvederm® Ultra is more suited to gently smoothing out finer lines for the most natural looking results. Its Ultra Plus formulation is available as a more robust solution for deeper lines. Thanks to cross linking technology within the Juvederm® injectable substance, hyaluronic acid is delivered via a gel like substance for results that can last for up to a year. In its natural state, hyaluronic acid exists in a liquid form, and is digested by the body much more quickly than the way it is delivered the Juvederm® way.
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