• Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler.
  • Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the human body.
  • Juvederm injections typically last from six months to two years.
  • For best results, it is vital to look for an experienced and reputable provider.

How does Juvederm work?

Juvederm is a family of dermal fillers used for facial enhancement. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006, this cosmetic treatment involves injecting hyaluronic acid into target areas to add volume to facial tissue.

Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally present in the human body, which works in synergy with collagen to keep skin hydrated, healthy, and smooth. As noted in research published in Dermato Endocrinology, your body produces less hyaluronic acid as you age, which leads to a loss of facial volume and the creation of unwanted wrinkles. Juvederm works by replacing this lost hyaluronic acid, thereby restoring volume and helping patients achieve a more youthful appearance.

How long does Juvederm last?

It varies. The duration of Juvederm depends on the type of product used and the injection site. Juvederm claims that Juvederm Voluma XC has been proven to last for up to two years in the cheek area, while Juvederm XC and Juvederm Vollure XC may be effective for up to one year and 18 months, respectively.

Additionally, the filler will naturally break down at varying speeds, depending on the individual, which can also affect its longevity. As a general rule of thumb, you can expect results to last anywhere from six months to two years, after which time you can choose to get another injection to maintain the results.

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Who is a good candidate for Juvederm?

Juvederm is well tolerated in most of the population, due to the fact that it is nonallergenic and not derived from animal sources. It is suitable for just about anyone who is interested in treating facial lines, creases, and folds associated with aging. It is also a good option for people who want to restore volume to their face.

In addition to being in good physical health, you should be mentally and emotionally strong, and have realistic expectations of what Juvederm can achieve. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may not be good candidates for Juvederm treatments.

Who can administer Juvederm injections?

From a legal perspective, the answer to this question depends on where you are located. In some states, a Juvederm injection must be administered by a qualified physician; in other states, nurses and doctors’ assistants are qualified to do so.

However, just because someone can administer your Juvederm injection does not necessarily mean that they should. Although the results are temporary, incorrectly administering Juvederm could lead to undesirable results or possible complications that may put your health at risk. With this in mind, it is strongly suggested that you take the time to find a board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience with Juvederm and the expertise needed to provide the injection safely and effectively.

Can Juvederm injections be reversed?

Juvederm injections are widely considered to be very safe procedures. Nevertheless, in the unlikely event that something goes wrong or you are unhappy with the results, rest assured that these injections can indeed be reversed.

“Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid product that can be reversed with an enzyme called hyaluronidase,” explains Dr. Fredric Corbin, a board-certified plastic surgeon based in Beverly Hills, California.

Hyaluronidase can be injected into the affected areas to dissolve the hyaluronic acid. This can resolve a variety of issues that a minority of patients experience with Juvederm—including excessive swelling, infection, and persistent lumps.

Results are rapid (usually within 24 hours), making hyaluronidase an effective solution to an unsatisfactory Juvederm injection. However, it is worth noting that hyaluronidase is not a perfect solution—in some cases it can remove too much filler, resulting in the need for another injection of Juvederm to attain your aesthetic goal.

How much does Juvederm cost?

According to figures collated by The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the average cost for each Juvederm syringe is about $620. However—as with any medical or cosmetic procedure—the cost of Juvederm can vary significantly depending on a number of factors.

Bear in mind that the number of sessions required, the specific formula used, and the fees set by your provider can all influence the final cost of your Juvederm treatment. In addition, your geographical location can also have a big impact on the cost.

Given that Juvederm injections are elective cosmetic procedures, they are typically not covered by insurance. Many dermatologists and plastic surgeons do offer various financing plans, so be sure to discuss your options when working out your budget.

How should I prepare for a Juvederm treatment?

Prior to receiving Juvederm, it is important to speak with your physician to discuss your cosmetic goals, history of facial injections, and any medical issues (including allergies) that may affect your treatment. There are also a number of steps you can take to prepare your body for the injection—e.g., most physicians will advise you to avoid taking anti-inflammatory medication for a few days prior to treatment in order to reduce the severity of bruising and swelling.

The procedure itself is very quick. Your doctor will begin by applying a local anesthetic and then wait 30 minutes for it to take effect. Next, they will administer the injection, which typically takes 15–30 minutes. Injection sites are typically the cheeks, lips and around the mouth. Results are visible almost immediately, although you may experience some bruising and swelling that will gradually disappear over the following week.

Are Juvederm injections painful?

As with any injection, receiving a Juvederm injection does involve some discomfort, but it is not overly painful. Most Juvederm injections contain a small amount of lidocaine, a medication that is used to numb tissue in a targeted area (although it is possible to get injections without lidocaine if you prefer). In addition, experienced professionals will have refined their technique over years of experience to minimize pain and make the process as pleasant as possible.

Which type of Juvederm is best for the lips?

There are two products in the Juvederm family that are specifically formulated for use in the lips. Juvederm Ultra XC is typically used to add volume to the lips, while Juvederm Volbella XC is usually better suited for subtle lip augmentation and treating fine lines of the upper lip.

According to Juvederm, both products have a satisfaction rate of about 75–80% and both provide results that last for up to one year. An experienced provider will be able to help you choose which formula will be best suited to your needs.

What are some of the risks involved with using Juvederm?

A Juvederm injection is widely considered to be a safe procedure, and the vast majority of patients experience great results with few adverse side effects. Nevertheless, there are some risks involved with using Juvederm.

As noted in research published in Dermatologic Surgery, many patients experience swelling, bruising, redness, itching, and minor pain for several days after treatment. Most people find that these reactions resolve within 14 days.

In very rare instances, Juvederm can lead to more serious side effects. Dr. Corbin warns, “A major complication can occur if Juvederm is injected in an artery. This can cause vascular compromise distally, which can be reversed with hyaluronidase.” This is typically the result of inexperience, and highlights the importance of always using a trained and reputable provider to administer your injection.

Unlocking a younger you

Safe, effective, and suitable for a wide range of candidates, a Juvederm injection is a good option for anyone who wants to restore volume to their face, treat wrinkles, and enhance their beauty. Speak to a qualified physician to learn more and find out if Juvederm is right for you.

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