When we are young our skin is smooth and elastic with a healthy glow. As we age, our ability to maintain that smoothness and elasticity diminishes, resulting in skin that becomes drier, thinner and less able to replenish itself. Our body’s natural collagen and hyaluronic acid levels decrease and our skin loses volume and becomes lax. This leads to skin wrinkling and appearing older than it should.
What Is Juvéderm®?
Juvéderm® is a clear gel composed of hyaluronic acid (HA), a natural substance found throughout your body. Hyaluronic acid provides volume to your skin and has been used as a lubricant for arthritic joints. It has also been used during eye surgery to protect the retina. The HA found in Juvéderm® is not of animal or human origin, meaning that there is no need for skin testing and the risk of side effects is very low.
Approved by the FDA, Juvéderm® is designed to replace volume lost by your skin. Replacing this volume results in smoothing of wrinkles, sculpting of the lips, or shaping of facial contours. With its ability to bind water, the results of Juvéderm® treatments may be seen for many months. The most common areas for a Juvéderm® treatment are the nasolabial folds (from the root of the nose to the angle of your mouth), and the wrinkles around the mouth and chin. It is also commonly used to add volume and shape to the lips and cheeks.
How Long Do Juvéderm® Treatments Take?
It takes about 30 minutes to do a treatment, depending on the amount of correction you want. Most people find the injections relatively painless, but a topical anesthetic is usually applied for 20 – 30 minutes before treatment. You will be able to see the result of the treatment as soon as it is completed.
How Long Do The Effects Of A Juvéderm® Treatment Last?
The length of time the effect of a Juvéderm® treatment lasts depends on many factors, including the structure of the skin, lifestyle, age, the degree of correction desired, and the injection technique. Touch-ups and follow-up treatments will add to the duration. Most people who have treatment of facial folds and wrinkles choose to have another treatment within a year, while those who undergo lip enhancement often desire another treatment after about 6 months.
What Should I Do After My Juvéderm® Treatment?
During the first 48 hours after your treatment, do not massage or rub the treated area. If you have had a lip enhancement, avoid puckering your lips for the first two days after the treatment.
You should not expose the treated area to intense heat (e.g. in a solarium or by sunbathing) or extreme cold for the first few days after the treatment in order to minimize inflammation.