December 2020 | Zel Skin

What is the Juvéderm® Family of Fillers?

Ever wished you could make your wrinkles disappear? Sadly, you can’t wave a magic wand to get smooth skin, but fillers just might the next best option. Some wrinkles that form on your face and neck are depressions that occur when your skin loses a significant amount of the essential ingredients it needs to keep it healthy and supple. This loss can also be due to environmental damage.

Youthful skin contains large amounts of beneficial proteins, like collagen and elastin, along with water and fat that make it buoyant and smooth. Unfortunately, as you age, levels of all of these substances noticeably decrease, leaving you with thinner and drier skin. Fillers like Juvéderm ®, however, can help to correct this loss. Juvéderm ® is the name for a family of fillers that each have unique applications. If you’re thinking of trying out Juvéderm ®, our Minnesota-based team at Zel Skin & Laser Specialists can help you find the product that will be most effective for you.

Hyaluronic Acid

All Juvéderm ® products contain synthetic hyaluronic acid (HA) as their active ingredient and have a smooth, malleable texture and a transparent appearance. The idea behind a filler treatment is to add a soft gel beneath the surface of the skin, where it acts as a “replacement” for the lost collagen. As a result, wrinkles become more shallow and the skin has a smoother, lifted appearance. This helps to reduce the signs of aging.

Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule your body creates on its own. It has the ability to pull in water from the deeper layers of skin or surrounding atmosphere and trap it. This gives your skin a more hydrated and plump appearance. Here are some of the hyaluronic acid options available in the Juvéderm ® collection.

JUVÉDERM ® Ultra

Ultra plumps and reshapes lips, along with reducing perioral wrinkles. It also improves medium-depth wrinkles around the center and lower part of the face, such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines.

JUVÉDERM ® Ultra Plus

Ultra Plus is a thicker filler with a slightly larger particle size when compared to Ultra. It works on deeper wrinkles than Ultra and is sometimes used for reducing depressions to re-contour the face.

JUVÉDERM ® Voluma

Voluma is used to lift and contour the cheek area by countering age-related midface volume loss.

Talk to our Zel Skin & Laser Specialists team about your skin care goals and discover more about what you can achieve with Juvéderm ® and other fillers. Write us a message or call our offices at 952-929-8888 (Edina), 612-338-0711 (Minneapolis), or 952-473-1286 (Plymouth) to get started.

What’s the Best Age to Start BOTOX® Treatments?

Certain wrinkles occur on the face because years of facial muscle movements cause the skin to fold and crease. We call these expression lines. Every person eventually experiences the effects of aging on their face, but cosmetic treatments like BOTOX® injections, which our Minneapolis-based Zel Skin & Laser Specialists team provide, represent one of the best strategies available for aging gracefully. Every patient’s situation is unique. Some people visibly age more slowly and in a way that develops differently from others. There’s no way of knowing the exact age when you should try BOTOX®. However, while cosmetic treatments are typically associated with older patients, women and men in their 20s can benefit in the short and long term from BOTOX® sessions.

If you have thin skin and an expressive face, it might be worth considering BOTOX® in your 20s. Though the prescription medication is mainly used for correcting already-etched-in wrinkles that become more visible when the face is in motion, BOTOX® can also prevent the development of crow’s feet, frown lines, and other wrinkles by keeping the muscles that cause them at rest.

This means that if you start younger, your face can be less wrinkled when you’re older. The crease-forming muscles will have been more relaxed over time. It’s easier to prevent wrinkles than to undo more severe signs of aging later in life.

It’s worth noting that most young patients don’t have many wrinkles yet. Every person makes their own determination for which treatments are worth the price, time, and effort.

Your Skin Care Regimen

Of course, when it comes to keeping away signs of aging, BOTOX® injections aren’t a substitute for proper skin care. It’s always a good idea to protect your skin from the sun as much as possible. Use sunscreen whenever you go out every day. Maintain a proper, daily skin regimen that includes cleansing, moisturizing, and antioxidants to keep your skin in good shape.

Get to know more about our services at Zel Skin & Laser Specialists by requesting a consultation, or call our offices at 952-929-8888 (Edina), 612-338-0711 (Minneapolis), or 952-473-1286 (Plymouth) to start planning your procedure.

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