Aging is inevitable, but there is no reason to give in to visible signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. With a wide range of options to choose from, patients can fight those wrinkles and regain a more youthful look.
Hyaluronic-acid (HA) dermal fillers in particular are highly sought after. Juvederm is one of the most popular HA fillers on the market.
Juvederm and Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid is a skin component that is naturally present in high quantities during youth. Regular exposure to the sun means exposure to harmful UV radiation, which causes breakdown of HA. Loss of HA results in loose skin and creates unwanted wrinkles like parenthesis lines, marionette lines, and the nasolabial folds.
Juvederm is a non-surgical treatment used to restore lost hyaluronic acid in the skin tissues, volumizing the skin. It is composed of synthetic cross-linked hyaluronic acid, which is stronger than regular hyaluronic acid and offers longer-lasting results.
Juvederm comes in the form of a gel that is injected into targeted regions of the face, replenishing the body’s HA reserves and instantly decreasing the appearance of skin folds and wrinkles.
Not only is Juvederm used to treat moderate and harsh lines and wrinkles, it can also be used to fill acne scars and achieve plumper lips.
The Treatment – What to Expect
The Juvederm treatment process is similar to the use of other dermal fillers and wrinkle reducers. Juvederm is injected directly into the region with the targeted wrinkle. Patients experience minimal discomfort and enjoy long-lasting results.
The HA present in Juvederm is naturally absorbed into the body with time. Given Juvederm’s viscosity and cross-linked structure, it remains at the site of injection for a longer period as compared to certain other fillers. It also causes the least discomfort for results that last as long as nine months.
One advantage of Juvederm is negligible side effects, since its primary component is naturally present in the skin and is biocompatible. Juvederm is hypoallergenic, but those patients who are prone to severe general allergies are not considered suitable.
Juvederm doesn’t require much preparation before the procedure. Stop taking prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin three days before the procedure as directed. Do not wear makeup on the day of the procedure.
There are restrictions imposed on the daily skin care routine for a time after the treatment. Repeated touching or a facial massage must be avoided for a few days. Also, exposure to sun and extreme heat or cold following the routine must be avoided.
Other things to avoid are alcohol consumption; vitamin E; NSAIDs like Advil, Aleve, or Aspirin; and garlic and ginseng. Patients who’ve had Juvederm injections can continue their make-up routine. All skin care products used must be alcohol-free. A follow-up treatment is rarely necessary.
Come In for Juvederm Treatment
If you would like a Juvederm treatment to take care of age lines, contact our office for a consultation. Well-respected board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lawrence Glassman will be available to discuss the procedure in greater detail.