JUVEDERM™ – The dermal filler that gives you the most visible youthful results, naturally!

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Dermal fillers are highly effective, safe and popular anti-aging treatments that can achieve revitalizing and youthful results. Modern cosmetic dermatology is home to many types of dermal filler. One of the most trusted ones among them is Juvederm. This is also a hyaluronic acid-based product and it is approved for use by the FDA.

The most exciting aspects of Juvederm are its benefits. Patients who opt to undergo this state of the art anti-aging treatment can expect to receive marked and beneficial results as soon as it is administered to the skin. The deep and unaesthetic wrinkles and creases in the face start to immediately smoothen and plump. Moreover, even very fine aging signs like lines near and around the eyes and mouth start to disappear due to the action of Juvederm. Furthermore, dermatologists use this dermal filler to restore volume to the lips as well.

All of these youthful and revitalizing results can be seen almost immediately following injection and patients can safely expect these beautiful and natural results to easily last for six months or more. Although the injection site may be sore initially, the Juvederm substance is consequently naturally absorbed by the body, leaving no remnants of artificiality. Patients who undergo lifting procedures such as facelifts and brow lifts, may also benefit by having more volume placed in those facial areas that have atrophied. Juvederm is an excellent filler, with the Juvederm Ultra being used for more superficial creases such as the smile folds and lips and the Juvederm Ultraplus, which is thicker, is placed deeper for more volume and both can achieve similar and youthful results. Lastly, but most importantly, since Juvederm is made of human-based and naturally-found hyaluronic acid, no allergy testing is required and is considered extremely safe. In the rare circumstance that there is too much volume or an irregularity, hyaluronidase can be injected to dissolve unwanted Juvederm, unlike some fillers that just have to be allowed to dissolve over time.

The ABCDE’s of Melanoma

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There are many forms of skin cancers and the most dangerous one among them is Melanoma. Melanoma is almost always triggered by skin cells known as melanocytes. Melanocytes are cells in the skin that contain the pigment known as melanin. Melanin is responsible for giving the skin its color as well as protecting the skin and its deeper layers from sun exposure, especially, from the dangerous ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

When the skin is exposed to excessive amounts of sun’s radiation, the melanocytes in the skin start to produce excessive amounts of melanin and as a result the skin becomes tanned. When the skin is exposed to other forms of UV rays such as from tanning booths, this same process takes place. When the skin is exposed to too much of this dangerous radiation, the melanocytes can start to grow in an abnormal fashion and become cancerous. This condition is then known as Melanoma.

The very early signs of melanoma come in the form of changes in the normal properties of a mole. These changes can be with respect to size, shape and/or color. However, sometimes melanomas can appear on the skin where no mole was present. One of the best ways to determine the danger of a mole is to follow the ABCDE rule.

  • ASSYMETRY       :  A mole needs to be regarded as dangerous if it is not symmetrical in shape.
  • BORDER               : If the edges of a mole are irregular and/or ragged, then it needs to be deemed dangerous.
  • COLOR                 :  irregular color and unbalanced shades are also warning signs of a cancerous mole.
  • DIAMETER          :  For any increase in size and diameter of a mole, medical advice needs to be sought.
  • EVOLVING          : A mole which has been subjected to significant overall changes, such as itching, growing, bleeding or hurting, in the course of weeks or months needs to be checked by a dermatologist as soon as possible.