Juvéderm is an FDA approved dermal filler made of Hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body. It is primarily used to treat volume loss in the face which improves signs of aging marked by deflation, fine lines, and wrinkles. Juvéderm is also a frequently preferred brand for lip enhancement injections, as adding volume to this area will improve the appearance of deflated lips.
Juvéderm is the number 1 selling hyaluronic acid filler in the US. The brand encompasses multiple products, each designed to address signs of aging in different areas of the face.
What is Juvéderm?
The products in the Juvéderm family include Juvéderm Voluma, Juvéderm Ultra, and Juvéderm Ultra Plus. Each product has its own consistency, making it particularly effective for treating certain areas in the face. Juvéderm Ultra Plus, for example, is made of a thinner molecular structure than other fillers, making it ideal for non-surgical lip enhancement. Juvederm Ultra and Voluma are more commonly selected by surgeons to address the areas of the nasolabial folds, cheeks, and hollowing at the temples.
Juvéderm is made of hyaluronic acid. Some Juvéderm formulas contain lidocaine, a local anaesthetic, to help numb the treatment area for more comfortable injections.
At the Appearance Center, Juvéderm treatments are individualized to the patient’s needs. Our board certified surgeons will determine the type of Juvéderm product and amount to administer based on the areas and conditions you would like to address.
The most common area associated with Juvéderm treatment is the nasolabial folds, or the parentheses lines extending from the outer edge of the nostrils to the corners of the mouth. Other areas commonly treated include:
- Marionette lines below the corners of the mouth
- Vertical wrinkles between the eyebrows
- Hollows under the eyes
Preparing for Treatment
If you are taking anti-inflammatory medications or aspirin, you will be advised to stop one to three days prior treatment. Makeup will be removed at the injection site, so it is best to come into our office with a clean face, otherwise plan to reapply post treatment. Pre-treatment allergy testing is not required, but patients with a history of severe allergies may need to consult a doctor before moving forward.
Treatment with Juvéderm fillers is simple and similar to those of other dermal fillers. If you are having filler administered for the first time in our office, the treatment process will include a brief consultation period where we can discuss your desires, areas of concern, and expected outcome. Once your treatment plan is confirmed, your board certified surgeon will inject the filler into the the desired area.
Juvéderm is generally more comfortable for patients than other dermal fillers because it allows for the use of thinner needles which typically create less pressure during injection. A topical numbing agent is often applied to minimize discomfort as well. Typical treatment time lasts 15 to 30 minutes.
Since Juvéderm is made only of biocompatible hyaluronic acid, the injection site has minimal risk of allergic reaction.
Post-treatment Recovery & Care
After the procedure, it is best to avoid excessive touching or massaging of the treated area for a few days; however, normal makeup can be applied. Patients are also advised to avoid unnecessary exposure to hot and cold environments, and excessive sun, for up to two weeks. Our doctors also advise patients to wear sunscreen following Juvéderm injections. Although areas where the injections occur may be sore to the touch for several days, the skin will soon become soft and pliant.
Risks & Side Effects
Our dedicated and experienced staff attend to everything possible to make sure that your procedure will be done correctly and safely.
Because Juvéderm is made of a naturally occurring substance in the body, only minute risks are associated with this treatment. Swelling and redness can occur at the injection sites, but generally subside quickly. Lumpiness, more severe swelling, and miniscule bruising, can also occur. These side effects are minimal and usually disappear within a week.