Dermal fillers are ranked as the second most popular cosmetic dermatology treatment in the US, with Botox ranked as number one.
FDA-approved Juvederm is a dermal filler injectable treatment with a high safety profile. But some patients may have concerns on how long the treatment results will sustain.
The treatment provider will discuss the potential sustainability of the dermal filler with the patient at the time of the initial consultation. The patient should evaluate the approximate sustainability of Juvederm results relative to other similar dermal filler treatments to make a well-considered decision.
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jacob Bloom provides Juvederm injectable treatment to patients in Chicago, IL, and surrounding locations.
HA Cross-Linking Increases Sustainability
The main active component of Juvederm is hyaluronic acid (HA). The sustainability of a dermal filler treatment depends, to a large extent, on the degree of cross-linkage between molecules.
The body has a tendency to reject substances that it detects as foreign. However, Juvederm contains HA which is a substance that is naturally found in the body. The prior presence of HA in the body helps it accept it more easily.
Due to this reason, the filler gel is able to remain in the body for a longer period producing more sustainable anti-aging results. In comparison to dermal fillers that contain animal products, Juvederm offers significant improvement.
Animal based fillers cause the body to detect the collagen as a foreign substance quickly. The body then quickly disintegrates it. However, this does not happen with Juvederm dermal fillers.
Many dermal filler gels available in the market today contain HA. Despite this, they cannot match Juvederm in terms of longevity. The reason for this is that non-cross linked fillers break down within a few days. But since the molecules in Juvederm are strongly linked, they remain in the treated area for a much longer period.
Hylacross is an innovative and patented technology, and Juvederm is based on this cutting-edge technology. This technology allows the robust cross-linkage of HA molecules. This enables patients to enjoy the results of a single Juvederm injectable treatment for up to a year.
The sustainability of Juvederm filler treatment will also depend on the facial area being treated. The results may be more transient in areas that experience higher muscle movement.
For example, the area around the mouth experiences more movement. Due to the higher level of movement, the wrinkles and fine lines in this area may be more dynamic.
The longevity of Juvederm outcomes also depends on the elasticity of facial skin and wrinkle depth. In time, the treatment effects will wear off slowly. However, the entire gel will not break down at one time.
The treatment benefits may be cumulative if the patient chooses to undergo another Juvederm treatment after four to six months. This secondary treatment will involve the dermal filler being “stacked” in the lips, which will allow the results to last for a longer time.
At times, the entire gel may disappear in around one year if the patient receives the secondary treatment after six months. The injection provider’s technique also impacts the sustainability of Juvederm outcomes.
Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jacob Bloom receives patients from Chicago, IL, and nearby areas for Juvederm facial rejuvenation treatment.