As we age, our skin changes. Over time, the natural volume of youthful skin begins to diminish as wrinkles and folds form. But, with JuvédermTM injectable gel, you don't have to just sit back and let it happen! Recently approved by the FDA, JuvédermTM injectable gel is the "next-generation" of dermal fillers. The smooth consistency of the gel helps to instantly restore your skin's volume and smooth away facial wrinkles and folds, like your "smile lines" or "parentheses" (nasolabial folds - the creases that run from the bottom of your nose to the corners of your mouth).
JuvédermTM is a smooth consistency gel made of hyaluronic acid - a naturally occurring substance in your skin that helps add volume and hydration. Your healthcare professional eases JuvédermTM injectable gel under the skin to provide a smooth, natural look and feel - so everyone will notice (but no one will know)! In fact, studies show superior results of JuvédermTM compared to a collagen-based dermal filler.* And, almost 90% of all study volunteers who were treated with both JuvédermTM injectable gel and another dermal filler* preferred JuvédermTM! In addition, JuvédermTM injectable gel is the first FDA-approved hyaluronic acid dermal filler that is proven to be safe and effective for persons of color.
How JUVÉDERMTM Works
JuvédermTM injectable gel is a nonsurgical treatment. Your healthcare professional eases JuvédermTM under the skin using a fine needle to augment, or fill, the soft tissue of the dermis - the dense inner layer of skin beneath the epidermis - to add volume and diminish wrinkles and folds. JuvédermTM injectable gel is used most effectively for those wrinkles and folds in the lower third of your face, like your "laugh lines," "smile lines" or "parentheses" (nasolabial folds), or "marionette lines" (oral commissures).
JuvédermTM is a "next-generation" filler. It is made from hyaluronic acid - a naturally occurring substance in your skin that helps to hydrate and add volume. Hyaluronic acid may diminish with age, contributing to the formation of wrinkles and folds. JuvédermTM injectable gel works to correct this by restoring hyaluronic acid in your skin, helping to smooth wrinkles and folds.
What to Expect During Treatment
Because JuvédermTM injectable gel is a simple, nonsurgical treatment, there is minimal recovery or downtime. So you can make an appointment to stop by City Skin & Laser Clinic for treatment on the way home from work or the gym, or even while the kids are at soccer practice - and get right back to your life. Here's what to expect when you visit our office for treatment.
Before you go: Some doctors recommend that you avoid any medication that can prolong bleeding, such as aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS), for at least a week prior to treatment in order to reduce the risk of bruising and bleeding at the injection site. Ask your healthcare professional what he or she recommends.
When you arrive: If this is your first visit, your healthcare professional will ask about your medical history, including any allergies you may have or medications you may take, and will tell you more about wrinkle treatment with JuvédermTM. JuvédermTM injectable gel does not require an allergy test.
Determining your treatment needs: Your healthcare professional will examine the soft tissue of your face to assess the depth of wrinkles and folds to determine your treatment. JuvédermTM injectable gel is available in two formulations - JuvédermTM Ultra for versatility in contouring and volumizing facial wrinkles and folds, and JuvédermTM Ultra Plus, a robust formulation for volumizing and correcting deeper folds and wrinkles. This allows your healthcare professional to better tailor treatment to your unique needs. Your healthcare professional may even take pretreatment photographs so you can see the difference after treatment!
Before the procedure: Although anesthesia is not required, your healthcare professional may use topical or injectable anesthesia to numb the treatment area.
The procedure: Your healthcare professional will ease the JuvédermTM injectable gel under your skin to augment, or fill, wrinkles, and folds. Following the injection, your healthcare professional may gently massage the treated areas. The procedure is quick and easy. The injection itself usually takes around 15 minutes.
After the procedure: With JuvédermTM, there is minimal recovery or downtime.
For the first 24 hours following treatment, you should avoid strenuous exercise, excessive sun or heat exposure, and consumption of alcoholic beverages in order to help minimize the risks of temporary redness, swelling, and/or itching at the treatment sites. After the treatment, some temporary injection-related reactions may occur, including redness, pain, firmness, swelling, and bumps. Studies have shown that these are usually mild to moderate in nature and clear up on their own in 7 days or less. If you experience swelling at the injection site, you can apply an ice pack for a brief period. Your healthcare professional will tell you when makeup may be applied after your treatment.
Seeing results: You should see an immediate improvement in the treatment areas. Most patients need one treatment to achieve optimal wrinkle smoothing, and the results last up to 6 months or more. However, results may vary and correction is temporary. Supplemental "touch up" treatments may be required to achieve and maintain optimal results.