Juvederm® Injectable Gel
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.
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 with water, 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.
Since no pre-testing is required, a Juvéderm® treatment can be performed almost immediately. It usually takes about 30 minutes, depending on the amount of correction you want. Most people find the injections relatively painless, but a topical anesthetic may be applied to the area prior to your treatment. You will be able to see the results as soon as your treatment is completed.
Juvéderm® is a clear transparent gel composed of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that is found throughout your body. Hyaluronic acid gives volume to your skin and has been used as a lubricant for arthritic joints. It has even been used during eye surgery to protect the retina. The hyaluronic acid found in Juvéderm® is not of animal or human origin which means that there is no risk of disease transmittal or allergic reaction, which might be found in other cosmetic fillers. There is no need for skin testing and the risk of side effects is very low.
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 and perfection desired, and the injection technique of the practitioner. 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.