Our faces are the first and major point of other people’s perception of us. As we get older, we become aware of our ageing look when we glance in the mirror in the morning. Additionally, other people’s gazes are different from our younger years. The comments of youth are becoming less and less, so what can we do about this? We all want to look younger, so what is it that makes us look older? You may have noticed that the wrinkles from smiling and laughing no longer disappear when the face is relaxed like it did a few years ago. So, what has changed?
Collagen is a substance produced by the body under the skin that cushions it. When it is stretched, for example during a smile and then relaxes again, the skin is supported to keep the skin at a low elastic state. However, when we get older, the production of collagen ceases and the skin sags which causes the wrinkles as the skin has no support.
This is where Juvederm comes in. A treatment that not only replaces some collagen, but stimulates the body to create more with the use of hyaluronic acid for as long as 2 years. This keeps your skin looking young for years after the treatment. Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by our bodies, but as we age this dissipates, so the production of collagen ceases. The term used for this style of product is ‘filler’ because it fills the void below the skin by replacing the collagen. The fluid is injected just under the skin in the affected areas and massaged to ensure it evens out under the skin. This is repeated until the area of wrinkles and sagginess is covered.
All medicine has possible side effects and Juvederm is no different. The possibilities are those associated with injections, although these are only small ones just under the skin. There may be some redness and/or tender feeling where the injections were administered; however, if these are experienced, they will pass within 2 to 4 weeks. The point about the injections being just below the skin is crucial. The injections must not enter the blood stream through an artery as this is where complications may occur. There is a possibility of your vision being affected or even scarring occurring in these incidences. At the extreme end of the spectrum there is the possibility of a stroke, only if the substance is administered into an artery. Overall, the treatment is safe as it is merely injected below the surface of the skin and uses chemicals that your body has naturally produced for years.
The immediate effect of the treatment is wonderful which will only improve as the body is urged to produce more collagen. This will give you a smoother, younger face for your pleasure, as well as the return of enviable gazes from others.