FDA approved Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid filler. When injected, it supports the skin surface leading to a firmer, smoother, more youthful face. It is particularly effective for nasolabial creases (AKA ‘smile lines’) and marionette lines (creases that appear at the corners of the mouth that result in a sad expression). It can also minimize the appearance of scars and enhance your lips.
What should I expect during my Juvederm procedure?
Before your treatment you will generally sit with a topical anesthetic on your skin to make the procedure more comfortable. Then the skin is cleansed. Typically the Juvederm injections take 15-30 minutes. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC, JUVÉDERM® XC, JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC, and JUVEDERM VOLBELLA contain lidocaine which minimizes discomfort. You will feel several needle pricks but they are generally easily tolerated.
How long does Juvederm last?
Depending on how fast your body breaks down product and where the product is placed (areas with a great deal of movement such as around the mouth metabolize faster), results last from 6-12 months. Because Juvederm stimulates new collagen formation to some extent, by having regular treatments, it is possible that in time you will need Juvederm less often.
What are the side effects?
Most patients experience minimal side effects from Juvederm injections. Some patients have swelling which typically resolves in 1-2 days. Some patients will have bruising. The chance of bruising can be minimized by avoiding blood thinners (aspirin, NSAIDS, vitamin E, fish oil, garlic supplements, and alcohol) for 1 week prior to treatment. Some patients benefit from eating fresh pineapple the day before treatment due to the Bromelain enzyme in pineapple that has been reported to minimize swelling and bruising.
Can you combine Juvederm with other treatments?
Yes! Our physicians can combine Juvederm with other fillers, with the neuromodulators (Botox & Dysport) as well as a variety of skin tightening, laser treatments, and skin care products to achieve a complete plan for facial rejuvenation based on your cosmetic goals. Call South Coast Dermatology 781-335-9700 for a cosmetic consultation.
Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Ultra Plus Before and Afters: