At H-MD Medical Spa in Oklahoma City, OK, we are passionate about helping our clients restore their self-confidence. We understand how frustrating it can be to start noticing changes to your appearance as you age, especially when they affect your midface. That’s why we proudly offer several anti-aging treatments, including JUVÉDERM VOLUMA, to help our clients improve their appearance. Today, we’re going to be taking a closer look at what VOLUMA can do for you.
What Is JUVÉDERM VOLUMA Used for?
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA is primarily used to improve the appearance of the midface. Most people seek this treatment to augment the apple of the cheek. However, it can also be used to re-contour the cheekbone and improve the appearance of the undereye area. Furthermore, this treatment can be used to eliminate jowls temporarily.
How Long Will the Results of My Treatment Last?
As a general rule of thumb, you can expect your JUVÉDERM VOLUMA results to last for roughly two years. After roughly 24 months, you may start to notice volume loss and skin sagging. You may be able to hold off on getting a follow-up treatment for several months. However, we recommend coming in for a touch-up as soon as you notice your results starting to fade.
Can I Do Anything To Extend the Longevity of My Results?
Yes, there are many effective steps you can take to ensure that you enjoy your ideal results for as long as possible. Protecting your skin from UV damage is the most effective step you can take because UV damage is the leading cause of premature skin aging. Another very effective step you can take to help your skin look younger for longer is to avoid the consumption of tobacco products or copious amounts of alcohol.
Furthermore, you can help to extend the longevity of your results by ensuring you get enough nutrients in your diet every day. For maximum efficacy, you should get enough zinc, vitamin C, and protein from natural foods and beverages. Supplements, like multivitamins and protein shakes, are not as bioavailable as natural foods and drinks. In other words, your body can’t absorb all of the nutrients.
Should I Change My Skincare Routine To Extend the Longevity of My Results?
Whether you should change your skincare routine to extend the longevity of your results depends on how good your skincare routine currently is. One of the best things to do for your skin is to moisturize it every day. Ideally, this should be done shortly after bathing, especially if you use hot or warm water. Make sure that you use an occlusive moisturizer to lock moisture into your skin, and moisturize twice daily if you have dry skin.
Exfoliating your skin regularly will also help you extend the longevity of your results. Research shows that long-term exfoliation can increase the rate at which your skin produces collagen. Furthermore, you should add sunscreen to your daily skincare routine. A broad-spectrum sunscreen with an adequate SPF should be applied every couple of hours throughout the day.
How Soon Will I Be Able To See My Results?
As soon as your injections are administered, you will be able to see an improvement in your appearance. However, you should note that you will not be able to see your ideal results on the same day as your appointment. You shouldn’t even expect to see your desired results within a week of your treatment. Rather, you should expect to see your ideal results roughly 10 to 14 days after your injection session.
Is There Anything I Can Do To See My Results Faster?
Since the final results of your treatment are derived from collagen production, you may be able to see your final results a bit faster if you take steps to support your skin’s collagen production process. For example, you can make sure that you are getting plenty of nutrients and water in your diet. Your skin requires ample amounts of water, micronutrients, and protein to produce collagen. Moisturizing your skin can also be beneficial because it helps to keep your skin hydrated.
As another example, you can do your best to avoid things that will decrease the efficiency of your skin’s collagen production process. One of the most common things that decrease the rate at which your skin produces collagen is tobacco consumption. Therefore, you may be able to see your results a bit faster if you do not consume any products that contain nicotine. Additionally, you can help yourself enjoy faster results by only drinking alcohol in moderation.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
Whether you are a good candidate for this treatment will be determined during an initial evaluation. To verify that this treatment will be both safe and effective for you, we need to discuss both your health and goals thoroughly. You should be prepared to discuss both your health history and current health. We will advise you on whether there are any contraindications; if there are, we will advise you if you can qualify by modifying your routine temporarily.
As a general rule of thumb, you can expect this treatment to be effective for you if you are displeased by the appearance of your midface or jawline. Note that this treatment can effectively volumize the apple of the cheek regardless of whether the volume loss is caused by collagen loss or significant fat loss. In other words, you may benefit from this injectable regardless of whether your cosmetic concerns are due to the natural aging process or weight loss.
How Should I Prepare for My Treatment Session?
We won’t be able to perform your treatment if your skin is irritated at the planned injection sites. Therefore, one of the most important preparation steps you will need to take is to protect your skin from irritation. Prolonged sun exposure and unprotected sun exposure should be avoided for a couple of weeks prior to your injection session.
Another very important preparation step you need to take prior to your appointment is to stop smoking and drinking alcohol. It is important to avoid the consumption of these substances because they can increase your blood pressure significantly. Furthermore, it is advisable to come in with a clean face that is free from cosmetics, including makeup and lotion. If you come in wearing cosmetics, they will be removed before your injections are administered.
What Should I Expect During My Treatment Session?
Generally, you can expect your treatment session to be quick. Most of the time, appointments can be completed in just 20 to 30 minutes. However, your treatment session may take closer to an hour if you need other injectables during your appointment to achieve your desired results. You should also expect your treatment session to be painless. We use a tiny needle to administer the filler, and we are happy to apply a topical anesthetic to the treatment area beforehand.
What Other Treatments May Help Me Improve My Appearance?
We offer numerous other treatments that may help you improve your appearance. For instance, we offer JUVÉDERM XC, Ultra Plus XC, VOLLURE, and VOLBELLA. The formulas that include XC at the end of the name feature lidocaine, an injectable anesthetic that will numb the treatment area in roughly 15 seconds. VOLBELLA may be a good fit for you if you are concerned about the appearance of your lips or perioral lines.
Similarly, Ultra Plus XC can augment the lips and eliminate perioral lines. Furthermore, Ultra Plus XC injections can be used to erase nasolabial folds. Generally, you can expect to be considered a good candidate for VOLLURE injections if you are concerned about nasolabial folds.
What Should I Expect After My Treatment Session?
You should expect no downtime following your treatment session. You are free to return to work as soon as your injections have been administered and your aftercare guidelines have been removed. Just don’t do any vigorous physical activity.
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JUVÉDERM VOLUMA is used to augment the apple of the cheek, re-contour the cheekbone, eliminate jowls, and enhance the appearance of the undereye area. Typically, the ideal results of this treatment last for a couple of years. However, your results may fade a bit faster depending on your age, health, and lifestyle. Contact us now at H-MD Medical Spa in Oklahoma City, OK to schedule your initial consultation if you think augmenting your cheeks will boost your self-confidence.