The current trend in aesthetic enhancement is a less aggressive approach to rejuvenation. For our average patient seeking cosmetic treatment, the goal is an end result that looks natural and realistic, rather than overdone and artificial. The dramatic increase in injectable treatments is, in part, due to their overall ease, availability, and minimal down time. Injectables such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and JUVÉDERM® can often be a more practical and conservative approach to achieving younger-looking skin without making an overly-dramatic impact on your appearance. Patients seeking to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and restore lost volume – or to take preventive measures against these common signs of aging – have many nonsurgical treatment options available if a full facelift is not considered an options by the patient.
The overall popularity of injectables (BOTOX® Cosmetic, JUVÉDERM®, etc.) is not simply due to the fact that these procedures are less invasive than surgical techniques. In general, injectable treatments can achieve cosmetic results that often times surgery cannot, such as slight muscle changes in the upper face that create a very natural yet subtle eyebrow arch. While dermal fillers and other injectable treatments do not necessarily replace surgical means of facial rejuvenation, we often use these products at Artful Awakenings to augment surgical procedures for even smoother, younger looking skin. Although combining dermal fillers can be an effective method of treatment for some patients, harvesting a patient’s own fat can often provide a better solution – particularly when patients seek to create more volume in the jowl or cheek area. In addition, fat injections also have the benefit of being permanent.
Recently, there has been a lot of buzz about JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC because it is a relatively new product on the market. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC is specifically designed to restore volume lost in the cheeks and midface. By injecting JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC’s hyaluronic acid formula into the cheeks, lines and wrinkles in the area can be smoothed out while simultaneously restoring volume to the face as well as a firmer texture to sagging, inelastic skin.
In addition to injectable treatments, one of the most important ways to preserve youthful-looking, glowing skin is with a good skin regimen, including treatments such as dermaplanning and topical peels, as well as diet, exercise and water.