(from the official Juvaderm website)
JUVÉDERM® INJECTABLE GEL FILLERS INDICATIONS AND IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC injectable gel is for deep injection in the cheek area to correct age-related volume loss in adults over 21.
JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC injectable gel is for injection into the facial tissue for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds (such as nasolabial folds) in adults over 21.
JUVÉDERM® XC injectable gel is for injection into the facial tissue for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds (such as nasolabial folds).
JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC is for injection into the lips and perioral area for lip augmentation in adults over the age of 21.
JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC injectable gel is for injection into the lips for lip augmentation and for correction of perioral lines in adults over the age of 21.
Juvederm is one of the injectable wrinkle fillers available on the market today. One of the benefits is that it can be used to fill lines and wrinkles for much less than the cost of a facelift. The treatment itself takes less than 30 minutes in the doctor’s office with results that can last up to a year. Injectable fillers are different than products like Botox which is designed to relax a muscle. Rather, injectable fillers plump targeted areas causing the area to fill out and lessen the effect of wrinkles. It can also be used to improve the contours of the face to lessen signs of aging.
Basics of Juvederm Treatment
Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid injectable dermal filler. It is commonly used to treat facial areas. Specifically, it’s used for lips, around the mouth and the cheek area. The treatments are quick and easy with most appointments taking only 15-60 minutes. The effects of treatment are often noticeable immediately following treatment. This makes it a treatment that can be done during a lunch hour. The ease of use and long lasting effects between one and two years, makes Juvederm one of the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic treatments in the US.
Types of Juvederm
As everyone is different and has different needs, there are several products by Juvederm to address these needs. Each product is still hyaluronic acid based but differs in bonding and concentrations of the ingredients. Each product is designed for specific issues and depth of injection. The products themselves have the consistency of a gel.
Specific Products in the Juvederm Family
ï Juvederm Voluma XC: This product is designed to be used in the cheek areas. It strategically adds volume under the skin’s surface for a fuller appearance.
ï Juvederm XC and Juvederm Vollure XC: These products are used to address wrinkles and lines that develop around the mouth and nose areas. Commonly called ‘smile lines’, these are created when the skin loses its elasticity.
ï Juvederm Ultra XC and Juvederm Volbella XC: These products are used to nonsurgically enhance the lips.
Before Receiving Juvederm Treatments
If you are interested in getting Juvederm injectable treatments, it’s important to talk to a medical professional. They will be able to help you know what the procedure experience is like and what results to reasonably expect. It’s also important to talk about what your goals are cosmetically. This lets the doctor know which Juvederm product is best for you. As all of the Juvederm injectable products are minimally invasive, there really isn’t much preparation needed prior to treatment. Often because the procedure is quick and easy, the consultation and treatment can be performed on the same day.
Guidance Prior to Treatment
Most doctors recommend not taking medicines like aspirin, ibuprofen and St. John’s wort before treatment. They also suggest avoiding alcohol and smoking for one week before your procedure. Taking these steps can help prevent any bruising. During the consultation, it’s important to let your doctor know if you have any allergies or sensitivities they should be aware of.
How Juvederm Works to Minimize Wrinkles and Lines
Using the active ingredient, hyaluronic acid, Juvederm adds volume to areas of the face through targeted injections in problems areas. The human body produces hyaluronic acid. It is a natural substance that stimulates the production of connective tissues. The hyaluronic acid and collagen work to make the skin plump and smooth. As we age, however, the production of these products diminishes. This causes the skin to lose elasticity causing wrinkling and sagging of the facial tissue.
The Actual Procedure
When you come in for a treatment, the physician or nurse will prepare you for treatment by marking the locations that need treatment with a pen. The doctor then injects the Juvederm into each marked area. Following the injection, the area will be lightly massaged to evenly distribute the material. This also reduces the likelihood of swelling in the area. Treatment generally lasts approximately 15-60 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated. Also, the injection contains a small amount of lidocaine. This alleviates most pain and discomfort during the procedure.
Side Effects of Juvederm Injections
There are minimal side effects with Juvederm. Slight swelling and bruising are common. You may also experience some redness, itching, tenderness, minor pain and bumps at the injection sites. These reactions are only temporary, though and should subside within two to four weeks.
Risks of Serious Side Effects
Serious side effects, some permanent, can occur when the injections are not properly handled by doctor or technician. For instance, accidentally injecting Juvederm into a blood vessel can cause serious problems. These can include scarring, vision problems, stroke or blindness. There is also a risk of an allergic reaction, nerve paralysis and the Tyndall Effect, a condition that create a bluish tinge to the skin. Due to these risks, it’s imperative that you choose a certified and licensed physician to perform and supervise the treatment and recovery.
What You Can Expect Following a Juvederm Injection Treatment
While recovery time is short, you should avoid some activities. This includes any strenuous activities, sun exposure and alcohol consumption for a minimum of 24 hours after your procedure. You should also avoid wearing makeup. That being said, any people see the effects of the Juvederm injections very quickly after treatment. If you experience some swelling, this should fade pretty quickly. The benefit is that the results will last approximately six months to two years. The expected efficacy depends on the type of Juvederm injectable that was used.
How Much Does Juvederm Treatment Cost?
The answer to that question is that it depends. As it is a cosmetic procedure, the consultation visit may be covered but the treatment might not be. Lastly, the cost will be based on the number of syringes needed for treatment. Consult with your physician prior to treatment to determine the costs. Many find that their Juvederm treatments last about a year so they plan treatments on an annual basis.
The bottom line is that Juvederm injectable wrinkle fillers are fast, easy and safe. There is some level of risk when using a wrinkle filler, just as there is with an medical procedure. That’s why it’s important to do your research and select a qualified, certified physician to perform the procedure. They are the professionals that will know which type of Juvederm you need and how much. They can mitigate any of the negative side effects and keep you safe. The best results come from understanding the correct way to administer injectable wrinkle fillers. When you work with a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon, you’ll know that you’ll receive professional care.