Juvederm is a facial filler made up of hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in skin that’s helps to keep skin looking plump and youthful. As we age, hyaluronic acid diminishes, helping to contribute to formation of wrinkles and folds. The hyaluronic acid is cross linked which makes hyaluronic into a gel that can be injected into the skin and makes it last longer than it would in its liquid state.
Juvederm is made up of hyaluronic acid which adds facial volume.
Where Is It Used?
Everywhere on the face.
If injected too superficial can lead to Tinsel effect.
Dr Shah’s Take On This Filler
Juvederm is an excellent facial filler with a long standing track record of safety. It is possible to reverse the use of this filler with a substance called Hyaluronidase. Juvederm is perhaps the smoothest of the facial fillers and is my first choice for lip augmentation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why does Juvederm come in two formulations?
Juvederm is available in two formulations so that is can be tailored to your needs. Juvederm Ultra is lighter and used in contouring and volumizing facial wrinkles and folds. Juvederm Ultra Plus is a more robust formulation for volumizing and correcting deeper folds and wrinkles.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in all mammals that helps to hydrate and add volume to your skin.
What is cross-linked hyaluronic acid?
“Uncross-linked” hyaluronic acid in its natural form is in a liquid state. “Cross-linking” is the process through which hyaluronic acid is made into a gel product that can be injected into the skin for long-lasting results.
How is Juvederm injectable gel used in treatment?
Dr. Shah injects this filler into the skin using a fine needle.
What will treatment with Juvederm injectable gel accomplish?
Juvederm injectable gel will help to smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Most patients are able to get optimal results in one treatment, however occasionally patients seek a follow up appointment for touch ups.
Can people with different skin tones/colors be treated with Juvederm?
Yes, it shows no increased risk of hyperpigmentation or hypertrophic scarring.
Is Juvederm safe?
Juvederm is FDA approved, and has a long standing track record. Allergic reactions are rare.
How is the treatment with Juvederm preformed?
Juvederm dermal filler is injected into the skin through a simple procedure. Treatment takes place in the office, and patients can return to work and day to day activities immediately.
Will I need a skin test?
Allergic reactions when using Juvederm are very rare, you do not need to undergo allergy testing. It you believe you are experiencing an allergic reactions, inform Dr. Shah’s Chicago office immediately.
Does it hurt?
Very little. New Juvederm XC has anesthetic to minimize discomfort. Techniques such as icing to numb the skin and distraction techniques are also used to minimize discomfort.
Are there any side effects?
Patients seldom experience side effects. Possible side effects include slight redness of swelling at the injection site. Dr. Shah patients typically have minimal bruising and swelling post-procedure. Most patients are “restaurant ready” post procedure and can resume their busy Chicago day immediately.
How soon can I expect results?
No, this is soft filler that mimics the feel of your skin.
No. As the product wears away (in about 4 – 12 months), it is absorbed by the body. It is also possible to reverse the effects with an injection in office.
Most patients need only one treatment, though sometimes a follow up appointment for touch ups is desired.
Juvederm XC is a new facial filler with anesthetic so that discomfort is minimal.
There are no known issues with Juvederm filler longevity or side effects from subsequent sun exposure.
Typically recommend waiting till at least the next calendar day. However, there are no known issues with working out immediately after Juvederm placement. The biggest concern is possible movement of the product although this is a theoretical concern.
You can immediately apply makeup after an injection after Juvederm.
Are facials or massage acceptable after filler treatment?
Patients should avoid facials for at least several weeks in the areas treated with Juvederm. Consider abstaining from massage for at least 72 hours to prevent edema in areas treated with Juvederm.
Can I wear glasses if I was injected with Juvederm or Juvederm Voluma in the nose?
Since Juvederm Voluma and Juvederm Ultra Plus are malleable products, wearing glasses can potentially create divots or depressions in placement of the product. Patients are advised to wear contact lens or wear specific glass frames which do not contact the product within the nose.
When was Juvederm Voluma first introduced?
It was first introduced in Europe in 2005 and later FDA approved in the US on October 2013.
Who discovered that hyaluronic acid has important body functions?
At Columbia University in New York in 1934, Karl Meyer and John Palmer discovered hyaluronic acid. The word hyalos is Greek for glass and signifies how hyaluronic acid appears microscopically. Their research led to the importance of hyaluronic acid in skin volume.