What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are cosmetic injections used to rejuvenate aging skin by restoring skin volume, reducing facial lines such as wrinkles, frown lines (vertical lines between the eye brows), crow's feet (little lines on the side of the eyes) nasolabial folds (skin folds extending from the corner of the nose to the corner of the mouth) and acne scars. They are also used for lip enhancement and facial contouring (reshaping).
What is Juvederm?
Juvederm is an injectable dermal filler made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in the body that maintains hydration and adds volume to skin. Its chemical composition allows it to create a smooth gel that flows easily into the skin to produce a smooth, natural look and feel. The results from Juvederm treatment are generally long-lasting.
What does the procedure involve?
Treatment usually lasts about 30 minutes and is performed under local anesthesia. The area to be treated is marked and the dermal filler injected using a fine disposable sterile needle. Juvederm is infused with lidocaine which reduces the discomfort during the injection procedure. Following the injection, an ice pack may be applied to the treated area to prevent swelling.
What will I experience after the procedure?
After the procedure, some patients experience pain, redness, tenderness, swelling, bruising, itching, lumps and bumps and discoloration. In the first 24 hours following the injection, your doctor may recommend that you avoid excessive sun or heat exposure, any strenuous exercise, and alcoholic beverages to reduce the amount of redness, swelling, and/or itching at the injection sites. The adverse effects are usually mild and temporary, lasting a few days to a week. There may also be a risk of infection, as seen with all skin injection procedures.
What are the typical results of a Juvederm treatment?
Facial contouring with Juvederm softens facial lines and wrinkles and helps restore volume and fullness to the skin. Lip enhancement can enhance the contour, definition and shape of your lips. The results of the treatment are immediate and long lasting up to 6 months or more.
What are the benefits of Juvederm treatment?
- Fast and safe procedure with few complications such as scarring and discoloration
- Formulated for pain free injection
- Requires no allergy testing prior to injection
- Results are long-lasting up to 6 months or more
- Minimal side effects