As youthful and healthy skin inevitably fades over time, precautions can be taken to better the appearance of wrinkles and folds with Juvéderm®, a new stream-lined gel filler.
With a main ingredient of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in the body, Juvéderm® is smooth, effective and FDA approved for lasting results.
Known for having quick results, Juvéderm® is gaining in popularity. Here is the need-to-know information if you’re contemplating facial rejuvenation.
What is Juvéderm®?
Juvéderm® is a hyaluronic acid (HA) that is used to replenish the loss of volume in the face, explains Dr. Iliana Sweis, Clinical Instructor of Surgery at the University of Illinois in Chicago and Director of the North Shore Center for Plastic Surgery.
The only gel filler that has received FDA approval to last up to one year, Juvéderm® is a “next-generation” gel dermal filler that restores facial volume by smoothing wrinkles and folds, according to the Web site for Still Waters Cosmetic Procedures Group, a Chicago based business.
Juvéderm®, created by manufacturer Allergan, is available in two different formulas: Juvéderm® Ultra and Juvéderm® Ultra Plus.
How does Juvéderm® work?
Youthful, healthy skin contains an abundant amount of hyaluronic acid (HA) whose main function is to bind and absorb water, which creates volume, according to Juvéderm®’s Web site.
Over time, due to sunlight and other damaging factors, the amount of HA in the facial skin is significantly diminished. This loss causes skin to lose volume and structure, resulting in unwanted facial wrinkles.
Injected into the mid or deep dermis (layer underneath the outer layer of the skin), Juvéderm®, a gel filler composed of HA, temporarily smoothes the appearance of moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles.
What is the difference between the two formulas?
Juvéderm® Ultra “provides versatility in contouring and volumizing facial wrinkles and folds,” according to the Still Waters Web site.
On the other hand, Juvéderm® Ultra Plus is meant to correct deeper and more severe folds and wrinkles.
How are the results?
Juvéderm®’s results typically show immediately after the treatment. Results, according to cosmeticsurgery.com, are said to look the same as results from surgery meant to treat folds and wrinkles.
Over time, however, the HA injection is absorbed by the body and results tend to fade about a year after the injection was administered.
What are the most common uses of Juvéderm®?
The three main facial wrinkles or trouble spots that are most commonly treated with Juvéderm® injections are smile lines, marionette lines and vertical lines.
Smile lines, or nasolabial folds, are the lines that run from the base of the nose to the corners of the mouth. These are most pronounced when smiling, hence the name.
Marionette lines often form outside the corners of the mouth and can often give a frowning or sagging effect.
Vertical lines are the wrinkles that appear in a vertical formation around the mouth. These often result from regular lip muscle movement, but are worsened by smoking, sunlight and stress.
All of the above can be, and have been, successfully but temporarily improved by Juvéderm® fillers.
Why is Juvéderm® different than other fillers?
Aside from being the only filler FDA approved to last up to one year, the unique gel in Juvéderm® is a “high concentration of cross-linked HA for long-lasting results,” according to the Still Waters Web site. This cross-linked formula means that the HA is transformed from its natural liquid state into a gel that is more conducive to quality, lasting effects.
While most gel fillers are of granular consistency, Juvéderm® has a smooth consistency that allows for easy flow injections and natural, smooth results.
How much does a Juvéderm® treatment cost?
Prices for Juvéderm® vary from region to region, but the average price of treatments falls between $300 and $500 according to cosmeticsurgery.com. This price covers one vial of Juvéderm®, which normally treats two nasolabial folds.
How long does the treatment take?
Typically, Juvéderm® injections only take 15 minutes, according to the Still Waters Web site. This does not include, however, a consultation prior to treatment.
Are Juvéderm® injections painful?
While some discomfort may occur during injection, precautions are taken to make the Juvéderm® experience as painless as possible for patients. A fine, thin needle is used to inject the smooth gel into the skin in order to minimize discomfort. Additionally, at the discretion of the doctor, the treatment area may be numbed prior to injection.
What are the side effects?
The most common side effects of Juvéderm® injections have been “redness, pain, firmness, swelling and bumps,” according to Juvéderm®’s Web site. These symptoms are typically mild and last an average of seven days.
Juvéderm®’s manufacturer, Allergan, suggests that treated areas should not be exposed to extreme cold or sunlight until initial redness and swelling have gone done.
Is any recovery time necessary?
The only recovery specifications given by Juvéderm®’s Web site are that in the 24 hours after Juvéderm® injections are given, there should be no “strenuous exercise, consumption of alcoholic beverages and extended exposure to sun or heat.”
Where can I go to get a Juvéderm® treatment?
First steps towards Juvéderm® should be taken by arranging a consultation with a plastic, dermatological or cosmetic surgeon.
Cosmetic groups like Still Waters Cosmetic Procedures Group also offer Juvéderm® treatments. The injections are administered by Still Waters Cosmetic Procedures Group's expert board certified advisors.
◊ August 2010
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