Juvederm is a cosmetic injectable known as a dermal filler. Dermal fillers are injected into the skin to help add volume where it is missing, treat sagging skin, or reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
The treatment line includes a number of products, each aimed at targeting unique areas and concerns. All products under the Juvederm line include the primary ingredient hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring, “moisture-binding” product of the body that helps add volume to and hydrate the skin.
Juvederm treatment areas may include the lips, cheeks, under the eyes, and around the nose.
Why use Juvederm?
Juvederm injections are used to help add volume to volume-deficient areas of the face. Depending on your treatment needs, it may be used around or in the lips, under the eyes, in the cheeks, or around the nose. In general, Juvederm adds volume to the cheeks and lips; treats wrinkles extending from the nose to the mouth (smile lines), from the mouth to the chin, and fine lines and wrinkles above the lip; and diminishes the appearance of frown lines. Learn more about preparing for your Juvederm injections.
What does Juvederm do?
Juvederm is more suitable for wrinkles that are present when your face is at rest. It is a smooth gel filler made of hyaluronic acid that can help replenish the areas of the face where the skin’s volume and fullness have been lost due to age, sagginess, or other reasons.
How long does Juvederm last?
Generally, more robust fillers like Voluma are FDA approved to last up to 2 years. While Juvederm Ultra is approved to last up to 1 year. Another factor that determines how long your Juvederm filler will last is the natural makeup of each individual person.
Does Juvederm work immediately?
As soon as it has been injected, the mere presence of Juverderm beneath the skin is enough to smooth, plump, and volumize the face. Those immediate results are a nice form of instant gratification. But it usually takes another two weeks to see Juvederm results for the client’s results to fully develop, or settle.
What to expect.
Frequently asked questions
Juvederm is a smooth gel filler made of hyaluronic acid. It helps replenish volume and fullness to areas of the face.
While any injection can be painful, there are ways to mitigate it. The Juvéderm XC products contain a local anesthetic. Nerve blocks, a vibration device, and ice packs can also help.
Juvederm is safe if the treatment is performed by an experienced practitioner with extensive knowledge of facial anatomy. Results are reversible by injecting an enzyme that breaks down hyaluronic acid.
Common side effects of Juvéderm include injection site reactions such as:
- bruising, pain
A few simple guidelines post-treatment can make a difference between a good result and a fantastic one.
- Avoid excessive heat such as saunas, hot showers, the hot sun or cooking over a hot stove. This may cause the blood vessels to dilate and cause more bleeding and bruising.
- Avoid strenuous exercise after the procedure. This may raise your blood pressure and pulse causing more bruising and swelling.
- Avoid direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time. Wear sun block to protect your skin. Sunlight may cause permanent discoloration after bruising.
- Avoid drinking alcohol for 24 hours after treatment. Alcohol may cause the blood vessels to dilate and cause more bruising.
- If lips are treated avoid straw drinking immediately after your treatment and for 2 weeks.
- No massages of the area treated or with face in a massage cradle for 2 weeks after treatment.
- Avoid taking Advil, Vitamin E, Ginger, Ginko, Bilboa, Ginseng, and Garlic for 2 weeks after the procedure since this may increase the risk of bruising. You may shower and do most other regular daily activities.
- Do not apply Make-up after the procedure for 12 to 24 hours.
- You may apply cold compresses or ice to the treatment sites to reduce swelling and bruising if instructed by your practitioner.
- We recommend Arnica Montana pills or gel to prevent bruising these can be purchased in our office or at any health food store.
- Note that any bumps or marks from the extremely small needle sticks will go away within a few hours. If you do develop a bruise it will resolve like any other bruise. There is occasionally some mild pain, swelling, itching, or redness at the site of injection similar to most other injections. Redness may last for 1-2 days, rarely longer.