What Gives Juvederm® Its Wrinkle-smoothing Ability
Juvederm®’s primary ingredient is hyaluronic acid, also known as HA. HA contributes to skin elasticity, thereby giving the face a smoother, more youthful countenance. The Juvederm® name covers several individual products, including Juvederm® Ultra and Juvederm® Ultra Plus, each of which is designed to treat specific kinds of facial wrinkles or folds. While Juvederm® Ultra is recommended for plumping up fine lines and wrinkles; Juvederm® Ultra Plus is used to smooth out deeper wrinkles or lines. The HA contained in Juvederm® is also featured in Restylane® injections.
During the Treatment Process
During a Juvederm® procedure, the doctor uses a syringe to administer the filler into the dermis layer of predetermined sites on the face. The dermis, or mid-layer of the skin, contains the sweat and oil glands, blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. One treatment using the filler is usually all that is needed, with almost immediate results, generally lasting up to nine months.
What to Expect
The procedure itself usually takes about 20 minutes. Patients typically return to their daily activities right after the procedure.
Because Juvederm® is a minimally invasive cosmetic facial treatment, it is considered safe and effective for treating facial lines and wrinkles. Local anesthesia is used to keep the patient comfortable during the procedure.
Possible Side Effects
Side effects, when using the filler, can include:
- redness and/or swelling,
- some bruising (which is more noticeable if you take aspirin or a blood thinner),
- skin irritation, and
- bumps under the skin.
Usually the foregoing reactions subside in five to seven days.
After care treatment includes:
- avoiding exposure to the sun,
- refraining from drinking alcohol, which can worsen skin redness or swelling, and
- applying an ice pack to the treatment sites.
Some patients may be allergic to the trace amounts of protein that are found in Juvederm®. Those patients with this allergy should opt for another kind of injectable.
Ask Dr. Slack about Juvederm® in Plano and McKinney, Texas
If you feel that Juvederm® may be a good option for you, schedule a private consultation with Dr. Slack to discuss your goals and concerns. He looks forward to speaking with you.