FDA-approved for cosmetic use in 2006, Juvederm®? is a non-invasive method of treating facial wrinkles and lines. Juvederm®? is a dermal filler that is made of hyaluronic acid. Unlike other injectable dermal fillers, Juvederm®? does not require allergy testing, for it is made entirely of biocompatible, hypoallergenic ingredients. Used primarily for wrinkles of the mouth, nose and forehead, Juvederm®? is also used to augment thin lips and minimize scarred areas. Juvederm®? is available in different formulations, including Juvederm®? Ultra, which is sufficient for most wrinkles and Juvederm®? XC, which is used to lessen the appearance of deeper facial creases.
Naturally prevalent in younger skin, hyaluronic acid slows the breakdown of collagen. It also attracts water, so hydration is maintained and skin is firm and supple. During the aging process, depletion of hyaluronic acid causes the skin to wrinkle.
Using a fine gauge needle, Juvederm® is injected directly into the dermis below the treatment area, where it works almost immediately to plump up skin, lessen wrinkles and provide a smoother, younger appearance.
As an outpatient procedure, Juvederm® treatment is usually complete within 30 minutes, so it is perfect for those with time constraints.
Available with or without lidocaine, Juvederm® treatment does not require additional anesthesia, but a topical anesthetic may be used to minimize discomfort for those with a low pain tolerance.
Juvederm® treatment is a non-invasive procedure, so recovery time is minimal. Following Juvederm® treatment, patients should avoid alcoholic beverages, intense heat and strenuous activity for at least 24 hours. After that time, patients can resume all normal activities.
Some temporary swelling, redness, itching or bruising may be evident at the injection sites, but they usually subside within seven days. The doctor will explain all possible side effects prior to performing the procedure.
To minimize bruising or bleeding, patients are advised to forgo aspirin, ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory drugs for at least one week prior to Juvederm® treatment.
Approved by the FDA, Juvederm® treatment is considered safe when administered by a board-certified cosmetic surgeon.
Juvederm® is made of natural ingredients, so it is eventually absorbed by the body. Juvederm® treatment usually lasts from nine months to a year, so treatment must be repeated periodically to maintain a wrinkle-free effect.