Our skin begins to show the signs of aging as early as our 20s. Factors like genetics, sun exposure, smoking, and drinking alcohol can speed up the appearance of tell-tale aging signs like fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of volume. If you’re discouraged by or self-conscious of your changing appearance, you don’t have to grin and bear it. Novo Sano MedSpa in Woburn and Rowley, MA will help you realize the vision you have for yourself by partnering with you to achieve the results you desire with innovative and individualized solutions, including Juvederm
What Causes the Physical Signs of Aging?
When we’re young, our skin has a lot going for it. First, our production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid is at its peak. Collagen is the protein responsible for the structure of youthful skin. Elastin is the powerhouse that prevents our skin from over-stretching, allowing it to bounce back to place while keeping it even and smooth. Hyaluronic acid is a complex sugar that attracts and keeps moisture locked in.
After we turn 18, our production of these three powerhouses declines at a rate of about 1% per year. When production declines, our faces lose structure, creating a loss of volume and small voids in the deeper layers of our skin. When voids form, our skin falls to fill them in, creating wrinkles, lines, and folds.
If you’re experiencing moderate-to-severe wrinkles and folds or loss of volume in your cheek, cheekbone or temporal areas, there are solutions to restore your youthful look.
What Is Juvederm?
Juvederm is a family of injectable dermal fillers approved by the FDA and designed to fill in areas where volume has been lost and deep lines and folds have formed. Made to mimic hyaluronic acid, these injectables are biodegradable and biocompatible, so they’re well tolerated by every skin type and tone.
There are several kinds of dermal fillers in the Juvederm family, and each one is intended to do different things for distinctive areas of concern. Because these dermal fillers are derived from hyaluronic acid, the results are soft and natural. They will enhance your look as opposed to highlighting “work” being done.
As you speak with your skincare specialist about your vision for your aesthetic, they may recommend different Juvederm products to address different areas of concern. This treatment has been proven to effectively treat:
- Nasolabial folds—lines from your nose to your mouth
- Marionette lines—lines from your mouth to your chin
- Down-turned corners of your mouth
- Lost volume in the cheek, cheekbone and temporal areas
- Vertical lip lines
- Thinning lips
Different Injectables for Different Concerns
This family of injectables is revolutionary in that each type is formulated to do different things, and there’s a type for every aging concern.
Voluma VX adds volume to the cheek area. When we age, we can lose the contour we used to have, making our faces look sunken or bony. This treatment replenishes volume, restoring the silhouette of a youthful appearance. It’s the only dermal filler proven to last up to two years, and when treated again in two years, the client will need less to maintain results.
Juvederm XC and Vollure XC
These are both formulated to smooth moderate-to-severe folds and wrinkles. They instantly add a soft and natural volume to the nasolabial folds or parentheses lines from your nose to your mouth. Because the gels are derived from hyaluronic acid, your skin will look more hydrated and youthful.
Ultra XC and Volbella XC
These injectables are intended to bring a soft and natural volume to thinning lips. Some people are born with naturally thin lips and want to subtly achieve a fuller appearance. Other clients have seen their lips thin over time and want to regain the plumpness of their youthful appearance.
These injectables are also perfect for the vertical lines we can develop over time that make our lipstick and gloss bleed into the surrounding skin. Both are ideal for helping clients achieve the full lips they’ve been hoping for.
What to Expect
Your skincare specialist will review with you what treatment will address your specific and individual areas of concern. Because this treatment is non-surgical, well-tolerated and minimally invasive, there is no preparation involved.
Your doctor may ask you to pause taking blood-thinning herbal supplements or over-the-counter medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen just to diminish the small likelihood of bruising.
On the day of your treatment, your skincare specialist may apply a topical numbing agent to maximize your comfort during your session. Many of the dermal fillers in this family contain lidocaine, a local anesthetic, making the treatment that much more comfortable.
A series of small injections will be made to the targeted areas. There is no downtime associated with this treatment, so you can return to your normal routine immediately afterward. Many clients schedule sessions on their lunch breaks and return to work right after.
What makes dermal fillers so popular is the immediacy and longevity of the results. You’ll walk out of the office looking younger and more refreshed. Your treatment will bring you natural and soft results without the area looking overfilled or worked on: just an enhanced, more youthful version of yourself.
Results last anywhere from one to two years. Your skincare specialist will give you instructions to extend your results as much as possible. When you follow-up with maintenance sessions, you’ll need less and less to maintain your results. The best way to make your fabulous results seamless is to follow the maintenance recommendation of your specialist.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Any generally healthy adult with concerns about the loss or lack of volume in areas of their face is typically a good match for this family of injectables. Only your skincare specialist can determine which course of treatment will be the most successful for you. When you’re consulting with them, detail the vision you have for yourself so they have the best picture of your desired outcome and can tailor the treatment plan to your specific needs.
If you’re ready to take action on your changing appearance but aren’t ready for surgical intervention and the downtime associated with a procedure, this could be the perfect solution for you. Your skincare specialist will walk you through each step and make sure your expectations for results are realistic. Clients are thrilled with their results, making this one of the most popular aesthetic treatments for signs of aging.
A Comprehensive Plan
When you’re discussing your treatment plan, your skincare expert may recommend more than one course of action to achieve the overall look you desire. Different parts of your face require different solutions, as do concerns other than wrinkles and volume loss.
BOTOX works to address certain wrinkles at their source—movement. Throughout our lives, we make the same facial expressions over and over with specific muscles. When our skin shows lines because of repeated movements, it creates dynamic wrinkles.
BOTOX Cosmetic is derived from the botulinum toxin and is considered a neuromodulator. It works by stopping the nerve’s signal from reaching certain muscles. When a muscle’s ability to move is halted or diminished, it relaxes. As the muscle relaxes, the skin on top smooths and the dynamic wrinkles are reduced or eliminated. This treatment addresses:
- Frown lines
- Crow’s feet
- Forehead lines
- Bunny lines
- Drooping eyelids
- Vertical lip lines
- Chin dimpling
- Hyperhidrosis or excessive underarm sweating
BOTOX results take about a week to become visible and last 3-4 months. If a client follows up with the recommended maintenance schedule, results can be seamless and progressively get better. The longer the muscle is relaxed, the smoother the skin becomes.
Collagen Boosting Treatments
Deep and dynamic wrinkles and volume loss aren’t the only symptoms of getting older. Other areas of concern include uneven tone and texture, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and an overall dull complexion. There is an array of treatments a comprehensive MedSpa can offer to target your different areas of concern.
Collagen Induction Therapy
Also known as microneedling, this is a minimally invasive technique for getting your body to trigger its natural healing process and boost its production of collagen. A small handheld device that contains rows of microneedles is gently passed over your skin, creating micro-channels.
These invisible perforations trick your body into thinking the area has been injured, so it sends collagen to regenerate new and fresh skin cells. These new cells are free of pigmentation issues or rough patches. The collagen works to fill in fine lines and wrinkles and can work wonders for concave acne scarring or “pitting”.
Because small micro-channels are now open to deeper layers of your skin, this is also the perfect time to introduce nourishing products to the skin because they’ll be more readily absorbed.
PRP stands for platelet-rich plasma and is a perfect addition to a microneedling facial. PRP is derived from a sample of the client’s blood, which is spun in a centrifuge to extract the nourishing plasma. This substance mimics the healing properties of stem cells and contains eight growth factors that build results over time, helping skin look better and better for weeks after treatment.
When used with microneedling, PRP speeds up the production of collagen and improves circulation and oxygenation to your skin. It was first discovered by the medical community that this plasma could heal injuries and surgical wounds, so the results after applying it to micro-channels on the skin are stunning.
These are another option for collagen stimulation. Chemical peels remove old skin cells, allowing the body to replace them with new and vibrant ones. Peels are tailored to meet each client’s specific needs, so specialists can adjust the level of rejuvenation for each level of concern. Peels are a great solution for:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sunspots and hyperpigmentation
- Uneven skin tone and texture
- Dull complexion
- Dry, flaky skin
An excellent treatment for immediately brighter and smoother skin, during this treatment a trained specialist gently glides a ten-gauge scalpel across the surface of your skin to scrape off the top layer of dead and dull skin cells, debris and peach fuzz.
Removing the layer of peach fuzz allows your makeup to go on more smoothly and facial treatment products to be better absorbed, creating a softer and more radiant complexion.
Call for a Consultation
No matter what concerns you have, you can take control of your aging process. Reach out to our highly trained team at Novo Sano MedSpa in Woburn and Rowley, MA. We want to help you achieve your vision for a more youthful and vibrant version of yourself. We will tailor a plan specific to your needs and desired outcome. A more confident and self-assured you is just a phone call away.