Juvederm® Injections in San Antonio, TX
Collagen and the human body are made for each other. Collagen is the protein that creates a latticework under our skin. That latticework supports the skin and keeps it firm. The problem is this — our bodies produce one additional percentage point less collagen every year after we celebrate our 20th birthday. Do the math and you’ll see by the age of 45 you’re working with one quarter less collagen.
No wonder our cheeks flatten and sag, the area around our mouth sags, and our skin can develop lines and creases.
Dermal fillers are formulated to return the volume to deficient areas. Dr. Schaffer offers the world’s most popular dermal filler, Juvéderm® XC, for his patients from San Antonio and the surrounding areas.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are true to their name — they are injected and they “fill” in the skin under a wrinkle or area with volume loss and the filler pushes the skin back up. The FDA approved the first dermal fillers for use in 2006. Juvéderm® and Restylane were those two fillers. Since then, each brand has added various other fillers to target specific areas. Juvéderm® and Restylane are still the two most popular options, however.
Dermal fillers are categorized as either “natural” or “synthetic.” Natural fillers are made with hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body responsible for hydrating and plumping the skin. When injected beneath a wrinkle or area of volume loss, the hyaluronic acid in these fillers instantly binds with nearby water molecules hydrating, plumping, and firming the skin.
Synthetic fillers are made with some form of aqueous gel along with other items, such as calcium microspheres. Most synthetic fillers are injected and begin to trigger the production of new collagen at the injection sites.
What is Juvéderm® XC?
Juvéderm® XC is the original dermal filler, the first in the Juvéderm® line and still the most popular. Juvéderm® XC is made from hyaluronic acid, so it (along with all of the other Juvéderm® products) is classified as a natural filler.