What is Juvéderm?
If you’re looking for non-invasive ways to treat fine lines and wrinkles, chances are that Juvéderm has come up in conversation. While classified as a filler, Juvéderm is a sweeping term for a collection of hyaluronic acid fillers with each product targeting a specific area of the face.
Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced in the skin after which it breaks down, and then builds it up again as part of an ongoing cycle. As opposed to other injectables with grittier textures, Juvéderm consists of a smooth, gel-like substance for a softer and more supple appearance. Juvéderm also requires little to no downtime, which makes it a viable option for many patients who are looking for immediate, yet subtle results.
How Does Juvéderm Treatment Work?
The first of the Juvéderm line to be approved by the FDA as a non-surgical hyaluronic acid with lidocaine, JUVÉDERM® XC is used to treat moderate to severe folds and fine lines around the mouth and nose. Injected directly into the facial tissue, JUVÉDERM® XC adds volume to targeted areas with results lasting up to one year.
JUVÉDERM® ULTRA XC:
If you’re looking to enhance thin or deflated lips, JUVÉDERM® ULTRA XC may be the option you’re looking for with optimal results lasting up to a year. Mixed with lidocaine to ease pain, this injectable gel can not only provide a fuller lip, but can address troublesome smile lines around the nose and mouth.
JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC:
Utilizing a thin needle at the injection site, JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC increases the overall volume for your lips, softens lines around the mouth and can provide results for up to two years. This variation also includes lidocaine to reduce discomfort.
JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC:
If you’re looking for a longer lasting treatment of fine lines and wrinkles around your nose and mouth, JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC may be an option worth considering. Optimal results can be seen up to 18 months after treatment. The inclusion of lidocaine in this formula aids pain, and immediate effects include additional volume to folds and lines for a smoother overall appearance.
JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA XC:
For a cheek area that is sagging or sunken in, JUVÉDERM® VOLUMA XC can immediately increase volume at and around the injection site. Lidocaine appears in this mixture as well to minimize pain with results lasting up to two years.
What Should You Expect During Treatment?
It’s easy to get consumed with the results of Juvéderm that you forget to prepare for the procedure. While this non-invasive procedure is less time-consuming than other cosmetic procedures, it still requires patience and precision.
Juvéderm injections are administered with needles and inserted directly into the facial tissue. For Juvéderm formulas containing lidocaine, pain will be reduced but not entirely eliminated.
Patients are encouraged to return within two weeks after treatment, so their doctors can properly monitor progress and results.
Does it hurt?
Every patient’s pain tolerance is different. However, the addition of lidocaine in Juvéderm XC products does help to minimize discomfort for patients, but it’s not guaranteed that there will be absolutely no pain.
Is there any downtime?
One of the benefits of Juvéderm fillers is that recovery time is minimal compared to invasive procedures. However, typically patients should avoid exercise and massaging the site of injection for at least 24 hours. There may be some side effects that appear at and around the targeted area, but they should subside within a couple of weeks.
What are the side effects of Juvéderm?
Juvéderm side effects are typically mild to moderate, but can include swelling, tenderness, redness, bruising, itching, and discoloration at and around the injection site and can last up to 14 days.
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