As we age, our skin loses more and more of its collagen, the protein that is responsible for structural skin support. It also becomes thinner and less pliant due to decreases in elastin.
But volume can be the real age undoubtedly. Volume loss in the cheeks and around the mouth and lips is the reason the first Juvéderm® dermal filler was created. Today there are four different members of the Juvéderm® family, each intended to address a different area of volume loss. We offer them at Elite.
What is Juvéderm®?
If you’re reading this Elite blog, you’ve surely heard of hyaluronic acid. It is a naturally occurring substance in the bodies of humans (and most other mammals) that is responsible for binding with water molecules under the skin to hydrate, plump, and firm the skin.
All the Juvéderm® fillers are hyaluronic acid based. For this reason, Juvéderm® is classified as a naturally derived filler, versus other “synthetic” fillers.
What do the different Juvéderm® fillers address?
- Juvéderm® XC
If you’re into algebra and want to do some factoring, parentheses are valuable. But the creases that frame both sides of your lips, the parentheses lines, are unwelcome by a wall! And don’t forget the creases on the side of the nose that extend to the corners of the mouth, also known as nasolabial folds. You hear about all sorts of “anti-aging” serums and creams, but they only moisturize the skin’s surface. Juvéderm® XC adds volume beneath the skin to smooth these lines and folds.
- Juvéderm® Voluma XC
Doctors may call it “age-related midface volume loss;” you call it sagging cheeks. Over time as you lose the collagen to support your skin and as your underlying muscles weaken, your cheeks flatten. Juvéderm® Voluma XC is designed to add volume beneath the skin’s surface to lift and contour the cheek area. Plump cheeks are considered to be a tenet of a younger look.
- Juvéderm®Ultra XC
You may not think about your lips with facial aging, but our lips lose volume just like everywhere else. They become thinner as we get older. Plus, some women just have thin lips. Juvéderm® Ultra XC is designed to plump thin lips.
- Juvéderm®Volbella XC
This addition to the Juvederm family is brand new, coming on the market in the summer of 2016. Whereas Ultra XC adds fullness and plumps thin lips, Volbella XC is tailored to add subtle volume to the lips and smooth the appearance of vertical lip lines.
Who needs Jan Brady when the Juvéderm® family is so helpful! Call us at Elite, 616-459-1907 to ask about which Juvéderm® products would be right for you.