Advanced Juvederm Treatments by Nu Image Medical Esthetics: Part 1
You’ve heard of Juvederm. It’s made of hyaluronic acid, a substance produced naturally in your body. You may also know that in Regina, Saskatchewan, our Nu Image doctors and nurses have been using Juvederm since 2003.
Juvederm has just taken a giant leap forward! Before we let you in on our secrets, here’s a little behind the scenes context.
History of Juvederm
It all started in 1934. Who would have thought that hyaluronic acid has been around for over 70 years? Kudos go to Karl Meyer and John Palmer, two medical researchers at Columbia University. Believe it or not, they first isolated hyaluronic acid from the eye of a cow. They found that the two main functions of hyaluronic acid are skin hydration and plumping. The name also has a history:
The Greek word “hyalos” meaning glass plus “uronic” meaning sugar = hyaluronic acid.
Bakers used hyaluronic acid in the 1940s. The medicinal use came about in the 1990s when doctors used it for joint pain and wound treatment. As far as faces go, the first uses of hyaluronic acid waited until 1996.
Fast Forward to Juvederm
Many skin treatments contain hyaluronic acid. The Dermatology Review offers some insight on a variety of uses. However, when hyaluronic acid meets cosmetic science, the results are magic.
Allergan, the manufacturers of Juvederm, created a gel that can last longer than the liquid form after injection. Many clinical trials were conducted to evaluate safety and value before the product was approved for use in the United States by the FDA in 2006. In 2014, Allergan introduced Juvederm Volift. Volift and other products in the Juvederm family are based on a unique Vycross technology, which allows qualified injectors to treat multiple areas of the face together.
Hyaluronic acid can absorb up to 1,000 times its own weight in water. It plumps up those fat pads that gravity has nearly destroyed, adds volume, fills in laugh lines, marionette lines (the ones that make you look sort of like a clown), fills the hollows under your eyes, builds up those temples and basically restores all of those sagging areas that make you look — well — older.
Hyaluronic acid binds with collagen. Collagen supports human facial skin. It binds with elastin, moving move more nutrients into your skin. Juvederm hydrates your skin. It increases the capacity your skin to hold water therefore skin holds more moisture and looks fresher than before.
Who doesn’t want that? But wait! We have news to share. Juvederm takes a giant leap forward thanks to Dr. Mauricio DeMaio.