Contour, Plump & Rejuvenate Your Face with Allergan’s Family of Fillers at Our Philadelphia-Area Dermatology Spa
The sheer range of soft tissue or dermal fillers available on the market is great news for patients looking to rejuvenate, reshape, or add volume to their face. With all of these options, an injector must have years of cosmetic dermatology training and industry knowledge to understand which fillers are best suited for each patient. To ensure that every patient receives the best possible outcome, we are extensively trained with Allergan’s flagship brand of fillers, Juvederm®, at our Philadelphia-area cosmetic practice, and will help you decide which ones are best for your unique needs.
Cirillo Cosmetic treats a multitude of patients on the Main Line, from Bryn Mawr, Newtown Square, and Philadelphia, and the greater counties of Delaware, Montgomery, and Chester.
Juvederm® Fillers & Hyaluronic Acid
The Juvederm® family is one of the safest and most widely used brands of dermal fillers in the world. The key active ingredient in each of these FDA-approved fillers is hyaluronic acid.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar-based compound in the human body. It has a variety of functions, such as keeping our joints lubricated, contributing to healthy fluid and moisture in our eyes, and keeping our skin soft, plump, and elastic – making it clear that hyaluronic acid is essential to maintaining moisture levels. Acting like a sponge, a molecule of hyaluronic acid soaks up the water around it to retain moisture, holding up to 1,000 times its own weight.
Unfortunately, as we age, the body’s production of hyaluronic acid can slow down dramatically. Harsh environmental factors, such as pollution and UV exposure, can also diminish existing levels of this acid in our body. Over time, this reduction becomes very noticeable in our skin, resulting in the formation of wrinkles and folds, and leading to loss of facial shape, structure, and volume.
While it is produced in a laboratory, the modified form of hyaluronic acid in Juvederm® is nearly identical to that naturally found in our body, making the possibility of an adverse reaction negligible. While Juvederm® contains no collagen, the introduction of hyaluronic acid has been shown to accelerate the body’s own natural production of collagen, to maintain the skin’s elasticity and tone.
Juvederm® is a clear gel, composed of different molecular weights blended in to provide its smooth, pliable consistency. This gel-like texture, compared to a liquid, can better fill in the area for a longer length of time.
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Why Are There Different Formulations?
The volume and softness in every part of the face is different – and consequently, the filler texture that works for the lips may not be appropriate for the cheeks or nasolabial folds. Keeping this in mind, Allergan has created different versions of Juvederm® to enable injectors to tailor treatment protocols for each area of the face.
At Cirillo Cosmetic, we pride ourselves in being able to provide a variety of products and technologies, combined with a team of board-certified, experienced, and talented cosmetic dermatologists to maximize patient satisfaction. We offer the following Juvederm® products:
- Juvederm® Ultra & Juvederm® Ultra Plus
- Juvederm® Vollure™
- Juvederm® Voluma®
- Juvederm® Volbella®
All Juvederm® fillers are labelled with “XC”, which means they contain lidocaine, a pain-reducing agent that minimizes injection-related discomfort for the patient.
Results may last between one to two years, depending upon which filler product is used and each patient's unique response to filler.
Alternatives or Complementary Treatments to Juvederm®
While the Juvederm® family of fillers can be customized for each patient’s individual needs, those allergic to lidocaine or gram-positive bacteria (proteins used to make Juvederm®'s hyaluronic acid) will have other options of filler recommended to them.
Depending upon the type, location, and cause of your lines, wrinkles, and folds, your cosmetic dermatologist may recommend a combination of fillers. If your wrinkles are dynamic (formed by muscle motion), Dr. Cirillo-Hyland and her team may also recommend neuromodulators such as BOTOX® / Dysport® / Xeomin®.
Our cosmetic dermatologists always tailor treatment to what an individual patient needs to achieve their desired results – this may mean using Juvederm®, other dermal fillers, BOTOX® / Dysport® / Xeomin®, or a carefully calculated combination of one or more treatments.