What is Juvederm?
Juvederm is a smooth gel injectable filler comprised of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in living cells, including the human body. It attracts water so that, once injected beneath the skin, it helps to hydrate the skin and increase its volume and density. Juvederm is FDA-approved for the temporary correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. It is particularly effective in treating nasolabial folds, or the folds that run from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth. Juvederm is also effective in treating marionette lines and other wrinkles, plumping the lips, restoring volume to hollow area, and filling in scars.
Juvederm – The Procedure
Juvederm injections are performed in the office setting and take just thirty to forty minutes to complete. Because the injections do involve some slight discomfort, a topical numbing cream is applied. Lip augmentation may involve more discomfort so numbing injections may be used. Dr. Rubinstein uses a very fine needle to inject the Juvederm in small amounts beneath the skin.
What to Expect After Treatment
There is little downtime associated with Juvederm treatment. Some minor bruising and swelling may occur which typically resolves within two to three days. Makeup can help to conceal bruising. Despite these side effects, most patients can return to work and other normal activities immediately after treatment. The results last an average of four to six months for lip enhancement; up to six months for the cheek folds; and up to eight to twelve months when used in less mobile areas like the jaw line, cheeks, nose, and under eye hollows.
Juvederm is a very safe injectable filler with few associated risks. The most common side effects include bruising and swelling. Less common risks may include allergic reaction, numbness and lumpiness.