What is Juvederm?
As you age, the natural volume and elasticity of your skin fades leaving deep wrinkles and folds. Dermal fillers like Juvederm help add volume and restore the fullness of your face. Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler and there are several products in the Juvederm family. While they all are used to help people address the facial signs of aging each product in the Juvederm line features different bonding and concentrations of hyaluronic acid. The different products are each tailored to target specific problems when injected into different areas and depths. Juvederm fillers have a smooth, gel-like consistency
Preparing for Juvederm
Before a Juvederm treatment, speak with a medical professional about your cosmetic goals and expectations. Juvederm procedures are minimally invasive so they’re frequently done on the same day as the consultation. The procedure is minimally invasive and doesn’t need much preparation.
Simple instructions to follow before your consultation and treatment generally involve avoiding medication like aspirin and ibuprofen. And you’ll want to avoid alcohol and smoking in the weeks leading up to treatment as avoiding these things can help prevent bruising. Also it is important that you let your doctor know of any allergies or sensitivities.
How Does Juvederm Work?
Juvederm works by adding volume to the facial tissue through its active ingredient, hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the human body that stimulates the production of the connective tissue that plumps the skin (collagen). As you get older, the production of hyaluronic acid and collagen decreases resulting in an increase in the appearance of sagging and wrinkling of the facial skin.
During the procedure, your doctor, physician assistant, or nurse typically uses a pen to mark the areas to be treated. Your doctor will then inject Juvederm into the target area while lightly massaging the area to ensure an even distribution and reduce the chance of swelling. The entire procedure usually takes between 15 and 60 minutes, depending on the area treated.
Juvederm injections contain a small amount of pain-reducing lidocaine which helps minimize any pain or discomfort you feel during treatment and make it go away quickly.
Risks and Side Effects
You can expect some swelling and bruising. Other common side effects include:
- Lumps Or Bumps
- Minor Pain
All of these side effects usually subside within two to four weeks.
More serious side effects are typically associated with unprofessional handling, like injecting Juvederm into a blood vessel unintentionally. Complications can include permanent scarring, vision abnormalities, blindness, or stroke. That’s why it’s very important to choose your doctor wisely making sure that they are trained, certified, and licensed to perform the procedure.
What to Expect After Juvederm
Recovery time is minimal. But, people are advised to avoid strenuous activity, sun exposure, wearing makeup, and consuming alcohol for at least 24 hours post treatment.
Most notice the effects of Juvederm right away, or after the swelling reduces. Results typically last between six months and two years but depends on which Juvederm product was used. You should see immediate improvement, and one treatment can smooth lines for up to a year. Depending on your desired look, additional treatments or touch-ups may be needed to maintain your results.