Between sports practices, camps, and your annual family vacation, it’s been another busy summer of keeping your whole household active. Is it any surprise that you’ve noticed a few new lines on your face when you look in the mirror? After the past few months of taking care of your family nonstop, you deserve to set aside time to treat yourself.
Facial fillers are one of the most buzzworthy beauty products to emerge in recent years among everyone from starlets to schoolteachers. These minimally invasive options provide subtle, natural-looking results without any recovery time, making them an ideal choice for anyone with an active lifestyle. If you’re ready to wrap up summer and head into fall with a refreshed and rejuvenated look, these fillers are perfect for you.
The Juvéderm line of products derives from hyaluronic acid, a molecule with a unique ability to retain moisture. Your body naturally makes hyaluronic acid, but production slows with age, leading to noticeably drier skin. You may have topical moisturizers or serums with hyaluronic acid as a primary ingredient, but it has even more remarkable anti-aging benefits when injected into strategic areas of your skin.
Juvéderm comes in different formulations, including Vollure®, Voluma®, and Volbella®, that you can choose to have injected by themselves or in combination with each other to meet your specific goals. The Juvéderm family is excellent for addressing concerns such as:
- The “parentheses lines” and “marionette lines” that form around the mouth
- Volume loss in the lips and cheeks
- Vertical wrinkles around the lips
- Acne scars
- Tear troughs that make the undereye area look hollow
Radiesse is another popular filler for moderate to deep facial wrinkles and folds and treats the same facial concerns as Juvéderm: cheek definition, lines around the mouth, lips, and lip wrinkles. Radiesse can also improve the appearance of chin wrinkles, pre-jowl folds, and the backs of the hands.
The difference between Radiesse and Juvéderm is that the unique formulation of Radiesse works to stimulate your body’s natural production of collagen, in addition to correcting wrinkles and lines. Collagen is a structural protein that makes skin look taut and youthful. As we age, we lose collagen, and skin begins to sag. The calcium-based microspheres in Radiesse correct that problem, leaving you with plumper and tighter skin.
Risks, Recovery, and Results
Both Juvéderm and Radiesse have received FDA approval and carry minimal risks when you choose to have your injections done by a qualified, board-certified physician such as Dr. Desman. Because these products are biocompatible, they have established a track record of safety, even among people with sensitive skin.
Injections are an in-office procedure that takes less than an hour to perform. The products contain a topical anesthetic called Lidocaine, which makes the treatment session virtually painless. The most common side effects include mild, temporary redness, bruising, itching, and swelling around the injection site, which will resolve naturally on their own.
Facial fillers are easy to work into your schedule. There’s no need to take off time from work or disrupt your other normal daily activities to recover from your injections. Many of our patients choose to make their appointment over their lunch break and go about their typical day immediately afterward.
The results of facial fillers are long-lasting, but they are not permanent because your body will metabolize and absorb them over time. However, you will continue to enjoy your refreshed appearance for up to two years. If you notice any new wrinkles emerging, you are welcome to return to our office anytime for a touch-up treatment.
Northern Virginia’s Leading Provider of Dermal Fillers
If you’d like to turn back the clock on your aging skin and would prefer to delay more invasive surgical procedures, injectable fillers are a perfect solution. At Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery, we specialize in providing non-surgical procedures that fit into your lifestyle, no matter how busy you are.
After a long, hectic summer of focusing on your family’s needs, set aside time for yourself. You’ll be glad you did. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to discuss dermal fillers and complimentary anti-aging procedures. We serve the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, including Northern Virginia and Maryland