Juvederm is an FDA-approved filler that replaces lost volume and corrects skin wrinkling in the aging face. It has the consistency of a smooth gel, and is made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the connective tissue we have throughout our bodies. Juvederm is formulated to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin (the dermis), working from the inside out to give the face a more youthful appearance. This non-surgical treatment lasts for up to one year, and is suitable for all skin colors and types.
How the face ages
Losing fatty tissue in our faces is a normal part of aging, and the impact of significant weight loss, gravity, and over-exposure to the sun are readily apparent over the years. Each face ages in its own unique way, but gauntness, wrinkling, and vertical folds and lines on both sides of the mouth are common. The rounded fat pads in the cheeks – a hallmark characteristic of the youthful face -also thin and migrate downward as we get older, giving the face a tired or worn look.
Who can benefit from Juvederm?
Juvederm is used for treating moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. It’s also effective for filling out thin lips and the hollow areas around the eyes and near the top of the nose (one of the areas most prone to fat loss). In some cases it has also been used for restoring volume to the cheekbones and mid-face.
What is the procedure like?
The doctor will decide the best placement for Juvederm after carefully evaluating the unique way your face is aging. Areas to be treated are numbed with a topical anesthetic to make the procedure comfortable; Juvederm is then injected with a very fine needle to correct the contour irregularities present on your skin.
What can I expect after the treatment?
Results of Juvederm typically last 9-12 months. You will need touch-ups and repeat treatments to maintain the volume and wrinkle correction you desire over the years.
What are the Risks?
Hyaluronic acid fillers are effective and have proven to be very safe when administered in a medical setting by a qualified and trained doctor. Juvederm offers another advantage in that you don’t need to be pre-tested for a possible allergic reaction to it, since it’s biodegradable and doesn’t contain ingredients that cause an allergic reaction in most people. We will learn about your medical history and ask you some important health questions to make sure Juvederm is a good option for you.
Side effects from Juvederm are usually minor and temporary. You may have some redness and swelling at the treatment sites for a few days, along with mild bruising or skin firmness. It’s not unusual for uneven swelling to occur, with one side more prominent than the other. Typically, this lasts for a couple of days before it resolves itself.