Do I look better? I want you to think that I have just gotten a lot of rest, or maybe, a new hairstyle, but it wouldn’t be the truth. The real reason the “after” looks better (and younger) is thanks to Juvederm XC, an injectible gel known as a “dermal filler.” I have often said I’m against invasive procedures. Too much “work” on a mature face just makes it look “altered,” but not necessarily better. But dermal fillers like Juvederm can take years off your face within minutes, without resorting to drastic or seriously invasive measures. I’m all for that!
There are several different types of dermal fillers, and it is really up to your doctor to decide which ones, and how much, you would need to make a pleasant difference, or a dramatic one. No one’s skin is quite like yours. Your skin history, including your age, skin texture, and even the amount of time you’ve spent baking the in sun, have to be considered. So leave that to the pros. The most commonly used fillers are: Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane and Radiesse. They all have the same goal: to reduce expression lines and wrinkles, and they all fill (or plump up) the lines in your face. Restylane, Juvederm and Perlane are hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers. HA is a natural sugar compound that can provide additional volume and fullness to your skin and won’t cause allergic reactions. When HA is injected, the HA molecules cause the dermis layer of your skin tissue, to swell, plumping up the skin. Another filler, Radiesse, works differently.
The thing about dermal fillers that has kept some people from trying them is, simply, fear of pain. These injections used to hurt. Ask anyone who tried them (before Juvederm XC) and they’ll tell you that while they loved the results, they dreaded the needles. Still, dermal fillers have very quickly risen to be the #2 cosmetic procedure after BOTOX. Usually ice and/or a numbing cream can be applied, and some doctors mixed the lidocaine into their syringes. That helped, but it also took more time, and also tended to loosen the consistency of the product.
That’s so last year! At a luncheon I attended for Juvederm XC, I was told that Juvuderm has now found a way to include lidocaine right in the syringe holding the product, so there is no pain with within seconds after injecting it.
Seeing is believing, and believe me, I saw the proof. First, we got to see a woman volunteer receive Juvederm XC right in front of our eyes. As she sat in front of us, we even got to see her skin through a close up lens of a video camera as the procedure was being done. We all squirmed a bit, as it looked scary to see the needle enter her skin, but she didn’t even flinch — she sat there as if nothing was being done at all!
That was impressive, and we could all see the immediate results. But could I believe that everyone would get the same results, with no pain?
That, I had to experience for myself.
So I tried Juvuderm XC, even though I had reservations, and I’m not that great with pain. But I was definitely in expert hands. The doctor who administered the Juvuderm XC was Charles Boyd, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S.. a facial and plastic reconstructive surgeon from Detroit, MI. who has been using Juvuderm, on his patients for years. Dr. Boyd has an easy manner, but I was still pretty nervous. He offered me squeeze balls that I gratefully accepted. But when the time came for the first injection, all I felt when he injected the Juvederm XC on the first half of my face, was the tiniest little prick of my skin. By the time he was doing the other side, I’d handed back the squeeze balls. From my personal experience, I have to report that I’ve had routine blood tests that hurt a lot worse than Juvederm XC.
It was totally amazing!!!
And more amazing were the immediate results, that you can see in the photos in this blog post. I had the opportunity to watch a number of other Editors after getting their injections. All were pleased with the results, none were agitated or in pain, and everyone was excited. When I walked out, I too, got lots of positive comments. But I did this to report to my readers, and to see what it would do for me. So my opinion, counted the most. When I finally looked at myself in the bathroom mirror, I really couldn’t believe the instant improvement. I looked like myself, but with smoother skin. The “parentheses” on either sides of my face (the “Nasolabial folds”) that make you look older, were not completely gone, but enough so they were no longer glaring at me. Had I not been smiling in the photos, you’d see the dramatic difference even more. I looked refreshed, in less time than it takes me to get a latte when there’s a small line!
…and NO, it didn’t hurt at all. I didn’t feel anything!!! I saw only minor redness (quickly covered up with light foundation). A few hours later I did feel a bit of soreness around the injection sites that lasted about 24 hours. That’s it. However, some people might experience itching, redness and/or bruising or swelling lasting up to a week.
The great news is that this is an instant result, and you can go right back to whatever you were doing, without any down time. The product degrades (or dissolves) slowly, and so results can last up to a year. Busy women (and men) who don’t have the time or frankly, the finances, to have filler injected every three to six months, now have another reason to try Juvederm XC.
But it’s not inexpensive. The cost per syringe (and you may need up to three, depending upon the depth and placement of your lines), varies depending upon where you live and who your doctor is, but the average cost is about $600 per syringe. However, Dr. Amy Weschler who was also on the panel, told us that it appears if you use Juvederm and need more than one syringe of filler the first time, you may have residual effects from those injections. That means the next time, you may actually need less.
When I first started writing online, these types of instant, fountain-of-youth procedures were nearly non-existent, or so expensive the average person couldn’t dream of using them. But today there are plenty of options to “be the best you” at any age. If you’re thinking you might like to try it, you can get more information, including more technical information, on the Official Juvederm Web Site. And, if you have any questions for me personally about my experience, please leave them in the comments section of this post! When my Juvuderm XC wears off, I’ll be back for more!
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