Wrinkles and sagging skin begin to develop when the structural elements of the dermis start to break down. Collagen, elastin fibers, and hyaluronic acid give skin its structure and suppleness. Hyaluronic acid acts as a network onto which collagen and elastin fibers bind. Without this essential acid wrinkles, jowls, and volume loss occurs. Replenishing skin with hyaluronic acid is therefore an obvious way to get rid of wrinkles, folds, sagging and volume loss. Juvederm is hyaluronic acid.
Where is Juvederm Used?
Two versions of Juvederm exist, both of which may be used to restore facial volume and eliminate a “sunken” appearance. For example, if Juvederm is applied to the mid-cheek area, the face no longer appears sunken, but instead enjoys a slight lift that eradicates naso-labial folds, or folds between the nose and the mouth. Juvederm may also be used to fill lines, wrinkles, hollow areas, and facial scars.
The wrinkle filler has become the number-one lip augmentation choice among dermatologists. The softest substance to inject into the lip line, Juvederm is easily molded to produce the desired effect. Patients who have undergone lip augmentation with other fillers report Juvederm feels as though nothing was injected almost immediately.
How It Works
Hyaluronic acid works as a hydrating agent addition to functioning as a binder for collagen and elastin. It is injected into needed areas with a small, fine needle. Because hyaluronic acid is combined with an anesthetic, the treatment is essentially pain-free. Juvederm injections are in-office procedures that take 15 to 20 minutes and produce immediate results.
How Long Does Juvederm Last?
Juvederm lasts anywhere from six to 12 months, with each patient reacting to the wrinkle filler differently. Factors such as degree of movement and sun exposure contribute to how long the filler lasts or not.
Are There Side Effects?
Side effects from Juvederm are mild and usually include injection site bruising. We emphasize the importance of taking Arnica pills starting three days prior to treatment, and to continue with the pills until bruising disappears. Aspirin and nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory treatments such as Advil and Aleve should be avoided 10 days before treatment to minimize bruising. Any patients with cardiac disease must talk to their cardiologist before discontinuing or changing medications.
Other potential, if rare, side effects include swelling, nodule formation, and bluish skin tint. Swelling and bruising usually disappear after a few days, while other side effects are easily corrected by your physician. We encourage patients to call or come in to correct side effects.
Are You a Juvederm Candidate?
Juvederm may be used on any patient regardless of race. However, in order to determine which anti-aging treatment is best for a particular patient, it is necessary they meet with the physician performing the treatment to discuss all possible methods of skin rejuvenation.
We are usually able to schedule consultations within one to two business days. Cosmetic procedures such as Botox/Dysport, Injectable Fillers, and Sclerotherapy can be performed during the appointment. Laser treatments for hair removal, skin tightening, or resurfacing can be scheduled within one to two weeks. Surgical procedures are usually scheduled within one to three weeks after the initial consultation.