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Add Volume to Rejuvenate and Enhance the Lips and More with Facial Fillers in St. Louis

Collagen and elastin are two naturally produced proteins that provide strength and elasticity in the skin. A loss of facial volume can develop as these proteins that provide structure break down due to aging. Over time, the body produces less collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that provides hydration to skin. Where there is less fat and collagen, the skin becomes drier, thinner, and less elastic. This leads to wrinkles and hollows, as well as thinner-looking lips. When it comes to restoring volume to the face, one of the most popular options for both women and men is JUVEDERM®. In St. Louis, West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University offers the dermal filler with a unique focus on facial rejuvenation.

Have questions like, “How much does JUVEDERM® cost?” or “How long does it take to recover from JUVEDERM®?” We can provide further advice on everything you should know about JUVEDERM® treatments in 2024.

Ready to discover more about JUVEDERM® in St. Louis at West County Plastic Surgeons? Contact our office by phoning (314) 996-8800 or requesting your consultation online.

What Are JUVEDERM® Fillers?

People who are new to aesthetic solutions often wonder, “What does JUVEDERM® do to your face?” and “What are the benefits of JUVEDERM® for the face?”

JUVEDERM® is a line of minimally invasive injectable dermal fillers. Facial fillers or dermal fillers minimize wrinkles or restore volume, plumpness, or fullness to specific areas. All of the JUVEDERM® fillers are made by Allergan and have a hyaluronic acid-based formula designed to restore volume where loss of collagen and fat has caused wrinkles, lines, or hollows to form.

The proprietary manufacturing process creates a gel that is both smooth and durable, which means its effects are natural looking and long lasting. JUVEDERM® fillers have a variety of benefits, such as plumping thin or deflated lips that have lost volume or definition. These treatments come with very little downtime and minimal side effects.

Who Is a Candidate for JUVEDERM® Fillers?

“Am I a good candidate for JUVEDERM®?” This is one of the most searched for facial filler-related questions out there. JUVEDERM® filler injections are ideal for individuals who are looking for well-practiced, safe, and effective treatments that can temporarily correct certain cosmetic concerns. You may be an ideal candidate for this or other fillers if you are physically healthy, a non-smoker, maintain a positive outlook and realistic goals, and are committed to maintaining healthy skin.

Another question patients might have is, “Who should not use JUVEDERM®?” This treatment is not intended for patients who are under the age of 18, women who are pregnant or nursing, people who have an allergy to components of JUVEDERM®, and people who have certain types of medical conditions.

What Are the Different Types of JUVEDERM® Fillers?

There are many fillers available in the JUVEDERM® family. West County Plastic Surgeons specifically carries Juvéderm® Ultra XC. Since lips can thin over time, anyone who wants to regain a look of fullness can choose this option for a plumping boost. The volume it adds can last up to a year, creating a noticeable positive change for lips that were once full—or even lips that have been naturally thin throughout a patient's life. Added volume can also smooth and reduce parenthesis lines or the laugh and smile lines that form next to the mouth and nose.

These fillers take minutes to administer and require no rest or recovery after. Expected side effects are common to any injectable treatments—bruising, redness, swelling—and are expected to resolve without need for particular attention.

Facial Filler Results and Recovery: What Should I Expect After JUVEDERM® Facial Fillers?

Expect minimal downtime and minor side effects such as swelling, bruising, and tenderness at the injection site. Recovery time varies depending on the type of filler used, but you will usually be able to resume your normal activities right after a treatment. However, you may need to avoid strenuous physical activity within the first 24 hours to help manage swelling and bruising. The results appear right away after these filler injections.

Which Cosmetic Treatments Complement JUVEDERM® Facial Fillers?

West County Plastic Surgeons carries multiple dermal fillers aside from JUVEDERM® products, including BELOTERO Balance®, Radiesse®, Revance RHA® Collection, and more. The BELOTERO and RHA® fillers both use hyaluronic acid, like the JUVEDER line. Radiesse® is a biostimulant or biostimulatory injection filler that helps to build structural scaffolding by stimulating the naturally occurring collagen and elastin in the skin. It not only provides visible plumping results but also renews the skin structure gradually over time.

There are also other injectables, such as BOTOX® Cosmetic, also made by Allergan, which is described as a neuromodulator or wrinkle relaxer. Unlike JUVEDERM® and other fillers, BOTOX® addresses specific wrinkles by preventing muscle activity where injected. It contains botulinum toxin type A as its main active ingredient and relaxes certain overactive facial muscles to soften wrinkles. JUVEDERM® is only designed for static wrinkles and volume loss, while BOTOX® addresses dynamic or expression wrinkles. The effects of all of these treatments and more can be combined, offering a custom approach to facial rejuvenation.

Aside from fillers like JUVEDERM®, there are also other options for enhancing your facial appearance. Kybella is an injectable treatment that dissolves excess fat between the chin and neck to reduce a double chin. Various types of skin rejuvenation treatments, including intense pulsed light (IPL), other laser services, chemical peels, and microneedling are available for patients who would like to reduce wrinkles or address other types of cosmetic concerns relating to the tone and texture of their skin.

Your injector can work with you during your consultation to find out more about your goals and help you decide which JUVEDERM® or other dermal fillers, injectables, and general treatments would best benefit your face based on skin quality, shape, age, and other variables.

If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of JUVEDERM®, contact the St. Louis-based West County Plastic Surgeons office by phoning (314) 996-8800 , request your consultation online or emailing us today.

If you have questions or would like to book a consultation with one of the surgeons at West County Plastic Surgery, please call (314) 996-8800.

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