JUVEDERM: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
What is Juvederm?
Juvederm is one of the newest, “next generation” substances in cosmetic surgery known as “dermal fillers” or “injectable fillers.” Because more patients want quick procedures that show almost immediate results with little, or no, downtime, Made of a natural substance known as hyaluronic acid, Juvederm is FDA approved and — like Botox — is one of the fastest growing non-surgical aesthetic procedures in the United States.
Juvederm is often used to:
• Plump up folds that run from the bottom of the nose to the corners of the mouth
• Fill in the prominent vertical wrinkles, (the “11s”) between the eyebrows
• Reduce the “Marionette lines,” the downturned creases at the corner of the mouth
• Augment thin or aging lips
Hyaluronic acid is important because one of its chief functions in the human body is maintaining skin volume and hydration. In medicine, hyaluronic acid has been used to ease joint pain, treat wounds and in eye surgery. In was used for the first time in 1996 in Europe for facial tissue augmentation.
We know that we lose 1% of dermal (just below the skin) collagen over age 50. The use of fillers is curative and preventative and continued maintenance is crucial. Dermal fillers are not a substitute for a face left to correct wrinkles and sagging skin.
What are the Benefits of Juvederm?
An injectable filler like Juvederm can accomplish the same facial rejuvenation, as a surgical procedure, so the patient can leave the doctor’s office immediately and fully resume his or her normal activities by the next day. Moreover, the cost is less than surgery. There is no need for anesthesia or downtime.
Is there downtime with Juvederm?
No! There is no need. That’s one of the great things about it. You are able to leave the same day with all of the same benefits of a surgical procedure.
How Do I Begin With Juvederm?
With a consultation at the office of a trained individual. Using During consultations, doctors can learn more about patients and vice versa. Moreover, the consultation visit gives the doctor a chance to evaluate the current state of the patient’s skin and face while discussing options that will help the patient achieve the desired look.
Consultation visits also give patients the opportunity to talk about their goals and expectations for their treatments, ask any questions they might have, and look at before and after pictures of previous patients who had the same procedure.
These visits also allow doctors to tell their patients about the benefits, precautions, treatment response, adverse reactions, methods of anesthetic administration, if any, and other important issues.
Does Juvederm have Side Effects? What Are The Risks?
Depending on the procedure and the amount of Juvederm injected, risks include bruising, swelling and infection, all of which are minimized by seeing a trained practitioner. In clinical testing, the most commonly reported side effects included temporary injection site reactions like redness, pain and tenderness, skin firmness and lumps and bumps under the skin known as granulomas.
According to Allergan, Juvederm’s manufacturer, treated areas should not be exposed to excessive sun, or extremely cold weather until initial swelling and redness has been resolved. Laser treatments, chemical peel and other procedures on the skin should be delayed until after receiving Juvederm due to a possible risk of inflammation at the injection site.
Should I take Ibuprofen after Juvederm?
Most Juvederm providers caution patients that bruising or bleeding at the injection site can be increased by taking aspirin, ibuprofen or any other substance that thins the blood. Juvederm is not indicated for people who have allergies to bacterial proteins or patients with severe allergies marked by a history of anaphylaxis or multiple severe allergies.
What Are the Results of Juvederm and How Long Do They Last?
Juvederm’s results are usually natural, seen immediately and look about the same as with surgery. However, the body absorbs the hyaluronic acid over time so the injections must be repeated periodically to maintain the refreshed look; Juvederm lasts about four to six months. For longer results, the manufacturer, Allergan, also offers Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Ultra Plus which are said to last about a year.
What Are the Costs of Juvederm?
Costs vary according to the region of the nation in which you live. The national average for a vial of Juvederm runs between $400 and $500. One-half vial of Juvederm treats one nasolabial fold.