JUVÉDERM® is a dermal filler that can make you look younger after a cosmetic procedure that takes just 30 to 45 minutes to complete.
How Does JUVÉDERM Work?
Skin has two layers: The top layer is called the epidermis, and the bottom layer is the dermis. Hyaluronic acid is present in the dermis, as are other molecules like collagen. In young skin there are high concentrations of these molecules, which plump up the skin and give it a smooth appearance.
As we age, hyaluronic acid amounts decrease, which reduces the volume of the dermis. The top layer—the epidermis—starts to wrinkle and fold because the dermis doesn’t provide as much structural support.
JUVÉDERM is a soft and moldable gel with concentrated amounts of hyaluronic acid that is injected into the skin’s dermal layer. It replenishes your skin’s supply of hyaluronic acid; increases the volume of the dermis; and helps smooth out those fine lines, wrinkles, and skin folds that develop because of aging.
What Can JUVÉDERM Do for You?
JUVÉDERM can enhance your appearance in two different ways:
- It can give you a more youthful look by replenishing your dermal layer
- It can enhance some of your face’s natural features to give them a plumper look
Full, sensual lips are all the rage in Hollywood and on magazine covers and social media. Many people aren’t naturally blessed with full lips, but a JUVÉDERM treatment can easily give your lips a full and luscious appearance.
Reduction of Facial Wrinkles and Folds
Some of the earliest signs of aging are fine lines and wrinkles, mid-face volume loss, and the deepening of facial folds like those that run from the corners of your nose to the corners of your lips. These facial folds are particularly prominent even when they’re not very deep because they lie in the central third of your face. That means they’re one of the first things that people see when they look at your face.
Facial folds — and often fine lines and wrinkles too — deepen when you talk, smile, and laugh, which makes them even more noticeable.
JUVÉDERM can improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and facial folds by literally filling in the skin imperfections that cause them. This gives the skin (and your entire face) a smoother, younger, and very natural look.
JUVÉDERM can improve the appearance of mid-face volume loss, facial folds, fine wrinkles, and lines around the lips and chin and depressions around the eyes.
How Long Does a JUVÉDERM Treatment Last?
Most dermal filler treatments last for around 9 to 12 months. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA®, used to give volume to your mid-face, will last 18 to 24 months. JUVÉDERM is very similar to other dermal fillers, like Restylane®, but the JUVÉDERM formulation uses hyaluronic acid molecules in a cross-linked formation. This helps them to last longer at the site of injection and lengthens the effect of the treatment.
While Restylane treatments last six to nine months, a single JUVÉDERM treatment can last up to a full year!
Is JUVÉDERM Safe?
Because hyaluronic acid is a molecule that’s already present in your skin, JUVÉDERM is very safe to use as a cosmetic treatment. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM are used in more than 70 countries all over the world.
What Happens During the Consultation?
At your JUVÉDERM consultation, you’ll discuss the treatment and what kinds of benefits you can expect. If you have any questions about the procedure or its effects, our staff will happily address them.
Next, you’ll have the treatment itself. This takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes and consists of a series of small injections. The needle that’s used for these is very thin and causes very little discomfort. Also, the product comes premixed with powder lidocaine that aids in calming the mild discomfort caused by injections. In fact, many patients don’t feel anything at all.
How Much JUVÉDERM Do I Need?
The amount of JUVÉDERM you need depends on two things:
- The number of areas to be treated
- The depth of the wrinkles or folds in those areas
For example, fine lines above your mouth might need half a syringe of JUVÉDERM, while the folds that extend from your nose to your mouth may need one to two full syringes. Enhancing the lips usually requires one-half to one syringe, depending on the volume desired.
For your first treatment — especially for lip enhancement — it’s a good idea to have a smaller amount to make sure you achieve a natural-looking result.
How Long Before I See Results?
Once your JUVÉDERM treatment is over, you’re free to go about the rest of your day. You can even return to work, as there are no aftereffects that will impair your ability to work or enjoy your normal activities. The only change that’s necessary is to restrict exercise for the first 24 hours.
The best part? You can see the effects of your treatment right away! There’s an immediate effect that is visible as soon as the injections are done, although it does take up to two weeks for the product to settle into your skin, so you can enjoy your final results.
In the first 24 to 48 hours after your treatment, you’ll experience some minor swelling at the injection sites, but this subsides quickly. A small number of people do have a bigger reaction to the injections and might experience significant swelling and even some bruising, which may take several days to subside.
Because of the swelling, it’s a good idea to make sure you have your JUVÉDERM treatment several days before you plan to attend any social functions or other events. This is especially important for your first JUVÉDERM injections, due to the possibility of having a stronger reaction to the first treatment. Having the treatment two weeks in advance will ensure you look your absolute best at your event!
Need a boost to your appearance without the commitment of plastic surgery? JUVÉDERM could be the choice for you! Call 817-416-8080 today to schedule a consultation!