Juvederm® is a cosmetic treatment referred to as a filler. It’s used to restore facial contours and improve signs of aging. It’s an injectable dermal filler with a base of hyaluronic acid. It’s a treatment that focuses on the face, specifically the cheeks, lips, and around the mouth.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid, or HA, is a natural substance in the body that delivers volume to the skin. Modified HA is the main ingredient behind JUVÉDERM®. Getting treated with JUVÉDERM® helps add volume to different areas of the face without surgery while also temporarily restoring the volume loss beneath the surface.
Target areas for Juvederm
• cheeks: Juvederm Voluma XC
• around the nose and mouth: Juvederm Ultra Plus XC and Juvederm Vollure XC
• lips: Juvederm Ultra XC and Juvederm Volbella XC
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. It stimulates the production of the connective tissue that plumps the skin (collagen). As you get older, the production of hyaluronic acid and collagen decreases. This increases the appearance of sagging and wrinkling of the facial skin.
During the procedure, we will typically use a pen to mark the areas to be treated. We will then inject Juvederm into the target area. We will also lightly massage 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. This will help minimize any pain or discomfort you feel during treatment and make it go away quickly.
Before & After
Frequently Asked Questions
You’ll likely get one to two syringes full of Juvederm injected into each area. You may need less or more depending on your specific concerns.
Botox and Dysport work to inhibit muscle movements that control certain facial motions. Juvederm is a filler that corrects lines, wrinkles and skin hollowness that are noticeable when the face is at rest.
You should see results the same day of your treatment after your session is complete.
Before a Juvederm treatment, speak with our 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, ibuprofen, and St. John’s wort. And you’ll want to avoid alcohol in the weeks leading up to treatment. Smoking is also discouraged before treatment. Avoiding these things can help prevent bruising. Also let your doctor know of any allergies or sensitivities.
You can expect some swelling and bruising. Other common side effects include: redness, tenderness, lumps or bumps, minor pain, itching. All of these side effects usually subside within two to four weeks.
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. This depends on which Juvederm product was used.