JUVEDERM® Dermal Filler (an alternative to Collagen injections) is a simple non-surgical treatment that uses hyaluronic acid (HA) (a naturally-occurring sugar found in the body) to smooth and give volume to the skin.
Our Juvederm Treatments
Each Juvederm treatment at DermMedica is a personalized facial rejuvenation that will help you look your best. It can address the 3 D’s of aging in the face — descent, deflation, and deterioration.
- Descent: Droopiness / sagging skin in cheeks, lower facial areas
- Deflation: Loss of fullness or volume in the mid-face area
- Deterioration: Superficial fine lines, wrinkles, and texture changes
By treating the 3 D’s of aging with a complete and holistic approach, you can achieve dramatic facial rejuvenation, without losing your own natural look. The effects of some surgical procedures can leave you looking unlike yourself, but not this one. It will leave you looking refreshed in just minutes with no major surgical risks.
Using the latest in volumizing technology, Juvederm VOLUMA proves that volume can go a long way in restoring a more youthful, natural appearance:
- Restore contours lost to decreased volume and smooth the mid-face
- Rejuvenate sunken areas around the cheeks
- Create volume and youthful contour in the chin
- Clear away the appearance of wrinkles and folds
The Dermal filler provides terrific results when used by itself, but also can be used with a wrinkle smoothing injectable (Botox Cosmetic) to provide a more balanced, refreshed look because it treats all areas of the face.
Lip Augmentation Options
Many patients have come to us wanting to change many things about the fullness and contours of their lips. The injectables we provide are designed to target all of the following problems and more:
Thin Lips: Fuller lips are one of our most requested treatments, and we are happy to help. We carry what we consider to be the best substance that can be used to plump lips and give them an enhanced but still natural look. A natural look is a key element in our plans, there is no point in having an overdone look if it’s just going to stand out in a negative way. Dr. Crippen always aims to provide the most natural look with every procedure.
Vertical Lip Lines: These wrinkles are also known as “smoker’s lines”, and are a common source of distress for our clients because they are a sign of aging that often comes too early for most people. Improving them can give a younger appearance to the face. Our different treatments can occasionally be used for these lines as well as laser therapy or Botox cosmetic. Each patient requires a different approach which we can discuss during our consultation.
Poorly Outlined Lips: Some clients are unhappy with the look of their vermillion border—the outline that separates lips from the rest of the face. This is generally a problem in older patients who have lost that border due to aging and sun exposure. The right amount can make a dramatic difference.
Unsatisfying Cupid’s Bow: A sharp cupid’s bow (the M part of the upper lip) is a timeless look that can be enhanced in the right patient. The key is that the doctor not try to change the shape of someone’s lip, rather they need to focus on enhancing what is already present.
DermaFill is a personalized facial rejuvenation that maximizes the benefits of our facial injectables by using more in more places of the face to achieve a more comprehensive overall improvement. Not all patients require a DermaFill procedure, but for those who do, the effects can make a world of difference.
If you’re ready to discuss what a DermaFill can do for you, contact us to book your consultation with Dr. Crippen.
Before & After Treatments at DermMedica
How long does the it last?
The effects of our treatments will normally last between 6-12 months but this all depends on the type used and the area being treated. Areas of the face that move more(lips, nasolabial creases) will break the injectable materials down faster than other areas (under eyes, cheeks) that have little to no movement of the skin.
What is the difference between Juvederm and Voluma?
Juvederm is the brand made by Allergan and Voluma is the specific type. There are a number of them made by this brand such as Ultra, Ultra Plus, Volbella, Volift, in addition to Voluma. The characteristics of each one is a little different so you need to visit a clinic with significant experience to understand why you would use one over another.
How long does it take to completely recover from injections? Days or weeks?
The visits are usually finished in usually just a few minutes and normal side-effects like redness, slight swelling(especially for the lips and cheek) and bruising can occur. The most common unwanted side-effect is bruising which can last a few days(for a small one) to a week or more (a larger bruise).
What is the procedure like?
At DermMedica, the average appointment time for this procedure is 15 minutes. Patients will arrive at the office, the face or targeted areas will be cleaned with an antibacterial solution, and then a needle injection will be administered to the chosen area.
What will be covered in the consultation?
During your consultation with Dr. Crippen he will go over the injectable to be used. There are a few options and some are better for certain areas of the face such as the lips and cheek. Sometimes we need to use them for deep volumizing and sometimes we will need a thinner type for more superficial volume and you cannot use the same one for both situations if you are to expect good long-lasting results.
Are they safe to use while pregnant?
We always recommend avoiding Botox and other injectables when pregnant or attempting to become pregnant. The reason for this is that we do not know if there are any complications because studies have not been done, nor will they ever be done.
How long until the results can be seen?
Depending on the area treated, results may last 4-6 months(small amount in the lips) or more than 2 years(tear trough area) on average. We are usually quite impressed as are our patients with the longevity of these HA fillers.
How safe is it for acne scarring and what is the worst situation possible?
They are usually very safe AND effective for treating depressed acne scarring. The worst situation possible is that you react to the material(very rare <.5%) or an artery is injected during the procedure(also very rare, Dr. Crippen has yet to see this after treating thousands of patients).
Do your injectables stimulate collagen growth?
Certain kinds stimulate collagen growth and Juvederm is no exception. Dr. Crippen finds that there is a nice long-term benefit from having a treatment which is likely due to new collagen fiber growth.
How does it work?
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally-occurring sugar used to help maintain volume and moisture. HA acts like a sponge for the skin, absorbing small amounts of water that keep the surrounding skin healthy and full. As people age, their bodies are no longer able to produce the same levels of HA needed to maintain a youthful appearance. We use fillers that replace the lost HA in the body so as to diminish the signs of aging. With increased HA, the skin begins to revitalize itself, in some cases even stimulating the growth of new collagen.