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The natural aging process causes changes to occur on the face. As the years march forward, formerly plump cheeks begin to sink. Once-smooth foreheads become wrinkled as the volume of fat that was present during earlier days diminishes and begins to shift downward. Similar scenarios are seen around the eyes, temples, mouth, and jawline as the skin begins to lose some of its elasticity. With the use of injectable fillers like Juvéderm, the plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery can help slow the hands of time for patients in Northern Virginia who seek to maintain a youthful appearance.
For years, rejuvenation practices mainly focused on tightening the skin on the face. However, it has since been discovered that structural changes occurring below the skin’s surface also are a contributing factor. This is why fillers can be so effective not just in diminishing lines and wrinkles, but also in enhancing fullness in the lips. Injectable fillers are a cost-effective way to achieve the younger look you desire without having to undergo invasive surgery or require an extensive recovery period.
One of the most popular fillers, FDA-approved Juvéderm is a smooth, sterile, clear gel that is made from hyaluronic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in the skin. Because of this, it usually is well-tolerated by the body. Not only is it effective in adding volume, but hyaluronic acid also provides the skin with vital nutrients and is hydrating, so it ultimately helps the skin remain soft. There are several varieties of Juvéderm are available.
The plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery are able to determine which Juvéderm formula will best suit the individual needs of each patient to achieve their desired results. During consultations, they will evaluate your health and medical histories, discuss the benefits and risks associated with injectable fillers and provide before-and-after photos of patients in the Northern Virginia region who previously have experienced the procedures for you to review.
In most cases, Juvéderm and other fillers are injected directly below folds on the face to fill in areas from which volume has vanished. When injected in areas around the mouth, fuller skin can help to frame one’s smile and lend an overall younger look to the face. It also can serve as the finishing touch to help accentuate the results of recently completed cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Because the procedure requires little to no downtime, most patients are able to resume daily activities immediately afterward. For about 24 hours following the injections, patients may be advised to avoid exposure to the sun and other sources of heat, as well as the consumption of alcohol and excessive physical activity. Female patients may be asked not to wear any makeup during this time. Some minor bruising and swelling may be experienced at or near the injection sites. Other side effects may include tenderness, redness, small bumps or lumps, itching, and some pain. All of these should lessen within two weeks after the procedure.
Patients in Northern Virginia may notice a fuller, more youthful appearance to their face almost immediately following their filler-injection procedure, depending largely on what areas were treated and the type of product that was used. When Juvéderm products are injected, the noticeable results may last a year or longer. Eventually, the hyaluronic acid dissolves and is excreted by the body. Additional treatments may be required to maintain the level of volume that initially was achieved. As with any cosmetic procedure, it is important for patients to have realistic goals and appropriate expectations for the outcome of their filler injections.
From the forehead to the chin and seemingly everywhere in between, facial fillers such as Juvéderm can cause lines and wrinkles to become visibly reduced or disappear, while adding volume and fullness to targeted areas to restore a younger, more vibrant appearance. Call Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery, which is located in Reston, VA to schedule an appointment with one of our highly skilled, plastic surgeons who are dedicated to helping you look and feel your best.
Our four, board-certified plastic surgeons have over 100 years of combined experience & work together in our dedicated, luxurious center providing combined knowledge on all procedures. Schedule your consultation today to learn how our surgeons can guide you on your journey to aesthetic harmony.