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Discover Your Juvéderm Options at Self Care LA in Santa Monica, CA

We all strive to look our best, but as we age, our skin starts to show the wear and tear from our younger years. We develop fine lines and wrinkles and tend to look deflated and tired. At Self Care LA, we offer long-lasting and reasonably priced injectable treatments, including the family of Juvederm fillers.

Smooth Lines & Add Volume

What are Dermal Fillers?

As people page, they lose fat on their faces, which can cause sagging and drooping of the skin. Dermal fillers are frequently used to fill that space, restore volume and correct those resulting wrinkles. Dermal Fillers are cosmetic injectables that temporarily reduce some types of wrinkles and restore volume to your skin. In order to cover hollows and wrinkles, fillers work by gently plumping the skin with substances like hyaluronic acid. These elements are designed to be cohesive and supple. It only takes 30 to 60 minutes to complete your treatment.

Hyaluronic Acid fillers have taken over as the predominant dermal filler in the marketplace, as they can be dissolved if need be. These products are used to smooth wrinkles and create volume in areas such as the under eyes and the cheeks. We can add shape and volume to the lips and help sculpt the chin and jawline. While other dermal fillers exist, at Self Care LA, we are proud to carry the entire line of Juvederm fillers.

How do Dermal Fillers work?

Unlike expression lines, which temporarily appear on the skin due to the overuse of facial muscles, aging features are due to a loss of collagen and elasticity. Dermal Fillers correct this by temporarily filling the wrinkles with a gel solution to elevate the indent so the wrinkled area is level with the skin nearby. Fillers also work wonderfully to add volume to facial features that lack fullness due to genetics and aging. Thin lips, flat cheekbones, sunken temples, hollow tear troughs, and a poorly defined chin can all benefit from Dermal Filler injections.

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What happens during my dermal filler treatment?

You will have a consultation with one of our experienced medical professionals. We will help you decide what products to use and how many syringes will be required to achieve your aesthetic goals. We will then numb you with a topical anesthetic for about 30 minutes. Once you are adequately numbed, we will clean your face with Skinceutical products to minimize infection risks. Our medical team will then start marking your face in order to determine where to inject the dermal fillers. Using either a needle or a blunt-tipped cannula, the filler is slowly injected into the desired treatment area. The results will be immediate, and the goal is to treat to correction and not to overcorrect. After treatment, we will apply Skinceutical products to optimize your results and provide an ice pack. Most of our clients are in and out in about an hour.

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Dermal Filler Recovery, Results, and Aftercare

Once you complete your treatment, you may experience some bruising, which is fairly common. We recommend icing the treated areas to help recovery. And after a day or so, you can wear makeup to cover any bruising. Pain isn’t common after treatment is completed. If you experience continued pain, please let your Santa Monica dermal filler injector know so you can be re-evaluated. Vascular occlusions are typically apparent during the time of treatment. It presents as an area of discoloration resulting from a lack of blood supply.

It can be treated immediately with massages, warm compresses, aspirin, and Hyalenex used to dissolve the filler. You should be able to go back to work right away following a dermal filler injection. Results should be visible right away and will get better over time. For the first few weeks following treatment with dermal fillers Santa Monica patients may notice that the treated area may appear bumpy and uneven. This will take a few weeks to smooth out.

Maintaining Dermal Filler Results

The substance utilized, the amount injected, and the areas of your face that were treated will all affect how long your results last. To have long-lasting outcomes, follow-up appointments could be planned in the future. During your initial consultation, recommendations for maintaining your fillers will be discussed. Despite being a fairly simple and quick procedure (usually less than an hour), Hyaluronic Acid based fillers can last up to two years, depending on the product used and the area treated. Other filler types like Sculptra can last longer but cannot be dissolved like the Hyaluronic Acid based fillers.

Facial Rejuvenation

Juvéderm at Self Care LA

When it comes to injectable fillers, the Juvéderm range is among the most well-known. Hyaluronic acid (HA), an ingredient in all of their formulas, is a humectant—a chemical that attracts and retains water–which occurs naturally in the skin and contributes to its plump, supple, and younger appearance. This gel-like product helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles, soften creases, enhance curves, and restore volume. HA dermal fillers may help promote skin firmness and elasticity by stimulating collagen synthesis. All Juvéderm fillers contain cross-linked hyaluronic acid, which means the molecules in their chains are permanently joined. This is because the HA gel continues to clump together, decreasing its rate of absorption and extending the duration of its effects.

Juvéderm XC

The parentheses lines around your nose and mouth, also known as nasolabial folds, can be smoothed out with Juvéderm XC for up to a year.

Ultra XC

Juvéderm Ultra XC is a lip enhancement product that can plump lips for up to a year.

Voluma XC

Juvéderm Voluma XC adds definition and volume to the chin and the area around the cheeks, which includes the upper arch of the cheekbone, to sculpt the face with results lasting up to two years.

Volbella XC

Juvéderm Volbella XC can produce the appearance of subtly larger lips and can smooth the appearance of vertical lip lines for up to a year. It was also recently approved by the FDA to treat hollows under the eyes and diminish the visibility of dark circles.

Vollure XC

Juvéderm Vollure XC (known as Volift in Europe) can be used to temporarily eliminate the appearance of wrinkles around the mouth and nose. This effect can last for up to 18 months with regular use.

Juvéderm Ultra Plus XC

For a more permanent solution, Juvéderm Ultra Plus XC has been demonstrated to treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles for a whole year or more, especially in the areas around the nose and mouth.

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So-Long, Acne Scars

What can dermal fillers do?

Dermal fillers can plump lips, smooth creases and folds, and fill tear troughs. Fillers can add volume to cheeks and temples, minimize acne scars, contour the jawline, and boost a weak chin.

Tailored for Your Needs


During your private consultation, we’ll discuss your medical history, the goals you want to achieve, and the best filler to get you there with a treatment plan tailored just for you.

Goodbye, Fine Lines

Dermal Filler Preparation and Procedure

We’ll start by cleaning the injection site with alcohol or antiseptic. The filler will then be injected slowly as it’s massaged to distribute it under your skin. Your aesthetic provider may give you several injections in the area for more even distribution. Depending on the area treated, either a needle or a cannula will be used to deposit the filler in the correct places.

Hello, Fuller Lips

Dermal Filler Recovery, Results, and Aftercare

You will immediately notice an increase in volume or a smoother complexion. When your treatment is finished, you may be given a tiny, lightweight ice pack to press against your skin to relieve pain, tenderness, or immediate swelling or bruising. Just avoid applying excessive force. To help disperse Sculptra and prevent nodule formation, your injector will teach you to massage treatment areas according to the rule of five: five times a day, for five minutes, for five days. There is no actual recovery time, but bruising and swelling at the injection sites are normal, so plan some downtime. These side effects can last days to weeks.

Maintaining your dermal filler results

To avoid further swelling, wait at least 24 hours after treatment before exposing yourself to the sun, engaging in strenuous physical activity, or consuming alcohol.

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Dermal Filler Frequently Asked Questions

Most Juvéderm filler contains lidocaine, which instantly numbs the tissue. You shouldn’t feel too much discomfort, but sensitive areas such as the lips may experience some pain.

Unintentional injection into a blood vessel can cause serious complications if it isn’t immediately dissolved. This can be avoided with proper knowledge of facial anatomy and proper techniques to minimize the risk of cannulating a blood vessel during the injection process.

There is a significant range in cost, depending on what product is used and how many syringes are required. A single syringe is between $700-$1000. One of our experienced medical professionals can determine what product is right for your goals and how many syringes will be required.

Each product in the Juvederm family is FDA-approved for the treatment of their designated areas. These fillers are considered safe when used in the appropriate areas and used in the correct amounts. Possible complications from filler include bruising and some nodules. If the filler is incorrectly injected into an artery, then it can cause vascular occlusion and tissue necrosis. That is why using Hyaluronic acid-based fillers is so important because then it can be dissolved without any lasting effects. Our experienced medical team at Self Care LA uses the safest techniques possible to minimize these risks but knows how to quickly recognize and treat any of these complications.

There may be some minimal bruising and swelling. We recommend no makeup or workouts for the first 24 hours. After that, you can apply makeup to cover any bruising. Especially for first-time patients, the filler may feel somewhat bumpy in the treated area and will take about two weeks to smooth out. We recommend discussing any upcoming social events you may have with our experienced medical team, so we can advise how to time your dermal filler treatments.

Certain dermal fillers like Sculptra are considered semi-permanent and can last several years. The Juvederm products are designed to last one to two years and will require annual touch-ups to maintain the look.

Dermal Fillers have been studied extensively, and those products that are FDA-approved are not known to cause cancer. Products like Juvederm are Hyaluronic Acid based. Hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring in the body and helps stimulate collagen production. This applies to products from brands such as Allergan (i.e., the Juvederm family). Such a claim cannot be made for products that are not backed with FDA approval. There are numerous sources on the internet where patients have purchased and injected their own dermal fillers. This is indeed a dangerous practice, as injecting dermal fillers requires medical knowledge and years of training. Such a safety claim cannot be made for those ‘counterfeit’ products.

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