Well apparently as we get older the skin also gets older! Wrinkles start to form on the skin and with time they get deeper, but no one really loves wrinkles and everyone wishes to remain young. Unfortunately that cannot be the case, as we get older the body’s collagen production reduces which leads to increased wrinkles which then lowers the skins suppleness.
To maintain the skin’s elasticity and minimize wrinkles due to aging, dermatologists normally inject patients with collagen. Most of the collagen supplements are however from fish and this has its pros and cons. For starters, before one gets collagen filler, tests have to be done to ensure zero allergic reaction to the skin. Due to this a new type of dermal filler has been introduced, Juvederm. Juvederm is FDA-approved filler guaranteed to restore the skins moisture and suppleness for a year even deep wrinkles, reduce acne scars and reduce under eye hollows. The major component is hyaluronic acid.
This a major component of the tissues that provides structural support to cells. Its major function is to offer joint support. As we age the skin loses its natural moisture and the skin thus loses elasticity and wrinkles and fine lines start to form. Hyaluronic acid however has the ability to hold in moisture. Due to sun exposure and aging the skin loses its natural hyaluronic acid and moisture retention decreases and wrinkles start to form and the skin sags. Supplementing the lost hyaluronic acid therefore is a sure way of countering aging. Juvederm therefore functions to restore the lost hyaluronic acid.
Juvederm has hyaluronic acid which holds in water at the place it is injected and acts as a cushioning agent, add temporary volume gives the skin a very smooth and supple appearance. Some Juvederm products contain local anesthetic to provide a more decrease the pain during injection, their also a special type of the supplement called Juvederm Ultra Plus with highly cross linked formulations for correction of deeper wrinkles.
Juvederm clinical trials
A clinical test was carried out in a U.S study using the Juvederm Ultra Plus to determine its genuineness. A sample of people were selected and given a Juvederm injection one of the nasolabial fold and followed for around 20 weeks. The same sample was injected with a bovine based collagen on the opposite nasolabial fold and followed for 20 weeks also. Juvederm Injection site reactions for all the patients were similar and lasted for a week. Swelling occurred in 80% of the patients, bruising in 60% and itching in 35%. The patients who maintained improvement with Juvederm at 4 weeks was 90% compared to the 40% with the bovine based collagen. The patients at the end of study showed a 90% preference to juvederm compared to a 10% preference to bovine based collagen. Out of the selected sample, 70% went back for the juvederm injections after 36 weeks, and 75% of the patients showed an improvement prior to administration of the juvederm dermal filler.
Appropriate age for use of Juvederm
Majorly, wrinkles start to form on the skin as early as the age of 30 years and at this age a doctor would recommend a juvederm injection. A person at the age of 50 normally would prefer a facelift since the wrinkles at this age would be severe and most people would prefer a surgical procedure as opposed to an injection which is temporary.
Administration of the Juvederm injections
The Juvederm injection should be done by professional, preferably a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon. This is because the substance is not supposed to find its way into the blood vessels because this could lead to occlusion of the vessels which can be very risky. Any wrong injection can lead to adverse effects such as vision impairment or damage to facial structures. Tests should first be carried out before using the product to rule out any adverse allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis, a person under medication should first consult a doctor before doing so, expectant mothers too. At some point a person with blemishes or pimples has to wait for them to clear off before Juvederm is administered.
Duration of juvederm
After the administration, a patient normally stays for about a year before the next injection can be done.
The results are immediate unlike the collagen an also has no adverse effects and if a person is not happy with the injection, hyaluronidase an injectable eraser is used.
For the case of lip administration, in case of a bruise the injection does not last for a long time.
While most individuals consider collagen injections, juvederm injections are very effective, its administration is simple and recovery is very short taking roughly 7 days after the injection. It’s a temporary guarantee of countering aging and one does not need to carry out many tests to receive the injection.