Juvéderm is an injectable gel, derived from the natural compound hyaluronic acid. It smoothes your facial wrinkles and creases, such as nasolabial folds and other wrinkles around the mouth, by adding volume. It can also be used to augment the size of the lips, and fill hollows below the eyes. It corrects a different type of wrinkle than Botox Cosmetic injections, making the two excellent complementary procedures.
Dr. Jeffrey Hartog's facial rejuvenation procedure often combines multiple fillers, treatments, and surgical procedures to give you a youthful look. To learn what combination of procedures might work best for you, please schedule a facial rejuvenation at The Bougainvillea Clinique in Orlando, Florida.
The basic material of Juvéderm is the same as Restylane, hyaluronic acid. It is present naturally in your body, including the skin. Unfortunately, naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid in the skin and elsewhere diminishes with age, contributing to skin dryness and the loss of a youthful "glow" as we age.
As a natural compound, Juvéderm is absorbed by the body, but hyaluronic acid attracts and holds water molecules, allowing Juvéderm to maintain its volume for about 4-6 months or longer, depending on the injection site. In the nasolabial folds, durations are shorter because movement of the muscles speeds its dissociation, whereas in the lips it can last for much longer.
Juvéderm is not animal-based, so no allergy test is required prior to your treatment.
The Juvéderm Procedure
Juvéderm injections take about the same amount of time as other injectable fillers, 15-30 minutes, depending on the number of areas to be treated and the amount of filler necessary. The procedure may include:
- The application of numbing cream to the area before injection
- One or more syringes of Juvéderm injected under the skin
- A gentle massage of the treatment area
You may experience some minor swelling, discomfort, and redness after injection. This should subside within one to two days after your treatment. This is often less with Juvéderm than other fillers, and many people experience no swelling at all. Avoid strenuous activity, sun exposure and excessive heat for about 24 hours after treatment. Rarely, some people experience allergic reactions to Juvéderm, so you should watch for signs of a rash or excessive swelling that expands beyond the treated area.
Juvéderm vs. Restylane
Juvéderm and Restylane are very similar fillers, but some important differences may make one or the other better for specific applications or patients. Juvéderm is a smooth gel, making it ideal for injection near the surface in thin-skinned individuals because there is less risk that it will create an uneven skin texture. It also causes less discomfort and swelling after injection for most people. The tradeoff is that Restylane may last longer in some treatment areas.
Dr. Hartog will discuss your cosmetic goals and evaluate your skin and wrinkles to help you determine which injectable filler might be right for you. Please schedule a facial rejuvenation consultation at The Bougainvillea Clinique in Orlando, Florida today to learn more.
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