What is Juvederm and How Does It Work?
Juvederm® is a smooth consistency dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid, a substance that is found naturally in the body. FDA approved, Juvederm is injected into the dermis, or "skin" adding volume to the face to reduce wrinkles and replenish hydration to the skin. The major components that make up the dermis are hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin fibers. As you age and your skin is exposed to the sun and other environmental pollutants, your cells gradually begin to lose their hyaluronic acid, thus your skin becomes dehydrated, and the collagen and elastin fibers lose their structure. The result is dry skin and loss of volume, causing folds and wrinkles. Juvederm temporarily replaces lost hyaluronic acid with its own natural formulation of hyaluronic acid.
In order to combat moderate to severe wrinkles and folds around the nose and mouth, commonly called your "laugh lines," "parenthesis" (nasolabial folds), or "marionette lines," Juvederm is used very successfully. Juvederm dermal filler provides results that last 6 months or more, even up to a year. Touch-ups and maintenance may be needed to prolong your desired results.
Juvederm Treatment Procedure
Before your treatment, the wrinkles and folds around your nose and mouth will be examined to determine their depth and which appropriate Juvederm formulation to use, Juvederm Ultra is used for contouring and adding volume to smooth wrinkles and folds. Juvederm Ultra Plus is for deeper wrinkles and folds. Because Juvederm is made of a substance found naturally in the body, there is no need for an allergy test. Anesthesia is not required for the Juvederm treatment but may be used to numb the treatment site. During this initial meeting, you will also be given special instructions regarding medications you may currently be taking. The Juvederm gel is injected under the skin, into the dermis to plump up the skin, reduce wrinkles and folds, as well as help to moisturize the skin tissue, revitalizing the treated areas. The procedure takes about 15 minutes. Results are almost immediate, and you'll be back to your regular routine right away.
After the Juvederm Treatment Process
There is minimal recovery or downtime. However, following your Juvederm treatment, avoid strenuous exercise, excessive sun and heat, and consumption of alcoholic beverages to minimize the risk of temporary swelling, redness, and/or itching at the treatment sites. Side effects are mild to moderate and may include redness, pain, firmness, swelling, and bumps. Side effects will clear up on their own in 7 days or less. You can apply ice to the treatment site if swelling occurs but swelling is usually minimal.