For many, dermal fillers are the perfect solution to cosmetic woes. Collagen supplements can’t replace the collagen that your skin loses as you age. Anti-aging creams are also inadequate when collagen loss has caused moderate-to-severe wrinkles to occur. Juvederm at Pristine Med Spa in Ridgecrest, CA may be right for you if you’re not ready for surgery by over-the-counter solutions aren’t working. Today, we answer our most frequently asked questions about this filler.
Dermal Filler Frequently Asked Questions Answered
What Is the Right Age for Juvederm?
As a good general rule of thumb, the right age for Juvederm is the age at which you start to feel uncomfortable with wrinkles forming on your face. However, you may be a good candidate for this type of dermal filler if you are concerned about asymmetry in your lips or the overall volume of your lips. While most people lose volume as they age, some people are born with thin lips and want to augment them as soon as possible.
Can I Be Too Young for This Type of Dermal Filler?
Yes. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this type of dermal filler is safe and effective for adults who are at least 21 years of age. Its safety has not been tested in individuals who are under 21. If you’re under 21 years of age and are concerned about the appearance of your lips or face, wait until you turn 21 to consider treatment.
Can I Be Too Old for This Type of Filler?
The FDA has not placed an upper limit on receiving Juvederm injections to replace lost volume in the skin. Most people receive treatment until the age of 65, because by the time you’re 65, you may need a more “intense” treatment, like a PDO thread lift, to give you the smooth, lifted, youthful countenance that you’d like to achieve.
What Is the Most Common Age to Get These Injections?
Most people start to get dermal filler injections in their 40s. This is because your skin starts to produce less collagen at a reduced rate every year starting at the age of 25. However, it’s not until around the age of 30 that there’s enough collagen loss for wrinkles to start appearing. It’s not usually until age 40 that wrinkles are noticeable enough to start causing problems that can’t be covered with cosmetics.
Keep in mind, there’s nothing wrong with needing anti-aging injections in your 20s or 30s. Several factors affect how quickly your skin loses volume. For example, excessive exposure to UV rays, such as sunbathing, using tanning beds and working outdoors without reapplying sunscreen regularly can prematurely age your skin. Consuming alcohol and nicotine are other factors that can age your skin prematurely.
What Skin Concerns Can This Type of Injectable Correct?
The great thing about Juvederm is that there are several formulations, each designed to treat a specific cosmetic concern. The original formula is designed to treat moderate-to-severe laugh lines and smile lines around your mouth. Voluma XC is designed to augment cheeks sunken by advanced age or extreme weight loss caused by severe illness. However, it can also be used to lift the cheeks or soften pronounced cheekbones.
Volbella XC, Ultra XC and Ultra Plus XC can all be used to augment the lips, and they each have their own unique benefits. Ultra Plus XC is ideal for people with extremely thin lips because the molecular structure is larger than Ultra XC and Volbella XC and it is injected deeper into the skin. It is also effective for smoothing wrinkles and folds from the perioral region of your face. Vollure XC is used primarily to treat nasolabial folds, but can also treat marionette lines.
Should I Take Ibuprofen Before Treatment?
You should not take any NSAID in the five days leading up to your treatment. Anti-inflammatory medications thin the blood which could cause a contraindication with the dermal filler. If you experience any discomfort in the five days leading up to your treatment, you can take an analgesic that does not have the potential to thin your blood, like Tylenol.
You do not need to take any analgesics before your session to ensure your comfort. Each formulation ending in “XC” contains a small amount of lidocaine, an injectable local anesthetic that numbs the treatment area. During your treatment, you won’t be able to feel anything, and you won’t feel any discomfort after your treatment because it will take a while for the effect of the anesthesia to wear off.
What Else Should I Avoid Before Treatment?
In the days leading up to your treatment, you should also avoid other medications and supplements that can thin your blood. For example, you should stop taking fish oil supplements in the five days prior to your scheduled session. Other medications and supplements that can affect the viscosity of your blood include vitamin E and certain anti-depressants, like MAOIs.
Learn More About Dermal Fillers Today
Typically, the appropriate age for Juvederm injections is between 21 and 65, but if you’re in decent health, you’re not too old to receive treatment. As long as you continue to be satisfied with the results of your treatment, even if they don’t last as long as they do for younger individuals. If you have any further questions about dermal fillers, please contact us now at Pristine Med Spa in Ridgecrest, CA to schedule your initial consultation.