A Family of Hyaluronic Acid-Based Fillers to Rejuvenate the Face in the Philadelphia, PA, Area
Youthful-looking skin depends on numerous factors, but two of the most important are collagen and hyaluronic acid. Unfortunately, as time passes, both elements diminish, causing wrinkles and creases to form, tissues to sag, and other cosmetic changes. Juvederm® at the Philadelphia area's Cross Medical Group can address all of these changes and more. The filler adds volume where needed, yielding naturally beautiful results that can last for months or years before dissolving.
The nurse injectors working with Dr. Kevin Cross have extensive training specifically with the many fillers in the Juvederm® family, as well as with a wide range of compatible injectables and non-surgical treatments. They can collectively draw on decades of general medical experience and know-how, with a particular focus on facial aesthetic services.
What Is Juvederm®?
The primary ingredient in Juvederm® is hyaluronic acid, a carbohydrate capable of binding to about 1,000 times its own weight in water. That makes it a key factor in providing moisture and a pleasant plumpness in the skin.
Juvederm® is made via a process that "cross-links" different weights of hyaluronic acid molecules to create a thick, moldable gel. The Juvederm® line of fillers has an option with high concentrations of hyaluronic acid, better suited for facial contouring. Lower concentrations of hyaluronic acid are best suited for subtle enhancements and detail work. In the middle are fillers designed for reducing the severity of facial wrinkles.
Each of the fillers in the Juvederm® family is designated "XC." This refers to the fact that the formulas contain lidocaine, an anesthetic that reduces skin sensitivity to improve comfort during and after a treatment session.
Juvederm Voluma® XC is ideal for correcting age-related midface volume loss. Collagen and fat depletion in the area known as the "apples" of the cheeks causes contours to flatten, hollows to develop, and a loss of support for tissues lower on the face. The resultant sagging softens the jawline and can even lead to the appearance of jowls. Injecting Voluma® XC in the midface restores the desirable roundness there, as well as provides renewed structural support to lift tissues and reduce jowling for up to two years.
Juvederm Vollure™ XC is made to smooth facial wrinkles, such as nasolabial folds. These are also known as parentheses lines, because they look like characteristically curved punctuation marks to either side of the mouth and nose. Though nasolabial folds may appear faint at first, they can grow moderate to severe over time as collagen and hyaluronic acid levels drop. Juvederm Vollure™ XC fills in the creases for a smoother surface. Results can last up to 18 months.
Juvederm Ultra Plus® XC
Also intended for moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, Juvederm Ultra Plus® XC is a filler that provides results that can last up to a year.
Juvederm Volbella® XC
Juvederm Volbella® XC serves a primary purpose: to augment the lips to give them a fuller look. Juvederm® lip injections work on naturally thin lips, as well as on lips that have lost their fullness over the years. The plumping and smoothing effects can last up to one year.
Juvederm® Ultra XC
Juvederm® Ultra XC also does double duty in the filler family, serving to augment thin lips, as well as to address moderate to severe nasolabial folds and other facial folds and wrinkles. Like Volbella® XC, results can last up to one year.
What Is the Juvederm® Injection Process Like?
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kevin Cross personally selected the nurses and aestheticians who perform Juvederm® injections at Cross Medical Group. He ensured that each member of the team meets rigorous safety standards, as well as demonstrates the medical knowledge and artistic eye necessary for beautiful results.
Patients will meet their injector at an initial consultation to discuss cosmetic goals and appropriate treatments.
All Juvederm® injections are handled in the Cross Medical Group offices in Philadelphia or Villanova. If patients want more comfort strategies than the lidocaine present in each injectable, a powerful proprietary numbing ointment compounded exclusively at a pharmacy in Florida, as well as other options, are available.
The length of the treatment session depends on which fillers are being used and in which areas of the face. Sessions can be as brief as 15 minutes.
Following the injections, patients may notice any of a number of common side effects, including bruising, swelling, and skin sensitivity in the treatment area. These sensations and effects will fade in a short amount of time.
Since Juvederm® injections add volume, results are visible as soon as the gel is in place—though some initial swelling can cause the area to look puffier or fuller than it ultimately will. It may be necessary for the injector to mold the area for a more even and natural look.
Are There Other Filler Options?
Each filler in the Juvederm® family is unique. To further expand the options at his practice, Dr. Cross also offers the Restylane® line, as well as a range of other dermal fillers. This variety allows the Cross Medical Group injectors to choose the ideal treatment for each patient.
Fillers pair well with neuromodulators, which are designed to smooth out facial wrinkles that develop due to muscle activity, as opposed to collagen and hyaluronic acid depletion. Consider BOTOX®, Dysport®, or Xeomin® to relax active, wrinkle-forming muscles.