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The aging process affects many aspects of our face, but one of the most noticeable changes is the loss of volume. Several injectable fillers, including others from Juvederm®, have been developed to replace lost volume in the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, but no filler has before now been FDA-approved for use in the cheek area. Juvéderm Voluma™ XC is the first and only FDA-approved filler to treat volume loss in the cheek area (apex, apple, and hallow). It is different from Juvederm XC as Juvederm XC is for use in a different area of the face; it is only used to smooth wrinkles away from the nose and mouth area. Instead of using the filler as merely a way to fill wrinkles, Voluma™ XC will gently lift the face and replace lost volume using hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring, hydrating compound in the skin. As the skin ages, it loses HA molecules, causing the skin to lose structure and volume. By injecting Voluma™ XC, a skilled doctor can help restore the lost volume in the cheeks, lifting the face and giving patients a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance. (more…)
After acne has healed, it can leave a red or brown mark on the skin. This is actually not a scar. The redness or brown spots are seen as the skin is healing, which can takes as long as 6 months. If acne is controlled in that area, the skin can heal normally. Any color change or skin defect still present after 1 year is considered to be a permanent scar. The best way to prevent acne scars is to prevent acne from forming in the first place. It is important to keep skin and acne scars out of the sun and wearing sunscreen each day. Using a Retin-A product help to clear existing acne and prevent new acne from occurring. You should avoid “picking” the skin. Picking at scabs interferes with the skin’s healing process increasing your changes of scarring your skin permanently.