Experience With Juvederm Fillers to My Tear Troughs, Lips and Nasolabial Folds. $550 a syringe.
I began getting Juvederm fillers when I was 20 years old. Young to be getting dermal fillers, I know. I started on my lips and eventually also got my nasolabial folds (smile lines) done as well. Most recently, I got my under-eye, or tear trough area of my eyes filled to minimize the hollowness and dark circles. Before my first filler appointment, I had relatively thin lips—especially my upper lip. It was something I had been self-conscious about my entire life and since Juvederm is made of hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occuring substance in your body, I wasn't too fearful of it. There's also an enzyme that can breakdown the filler immediately after it's injected if you're not satisfied with it.
During my first session, I got one syringe of Juvederm injected in both lips. Numbing cream was applied prior to injection to minimize the pain. It wasn’t super painful, but you can feel the needle entering the lip. My lips were swollen for the next few days (which looked great!) and there were a few small bruises at the injection site. My lips “settled” after about 1.5 weeks, but I was still not satisfied with the size. A few weeks later I went back and got another syringe of Juvederm injected.
Over the next few years, I’ve been going back about every 8 months to a year to get my lips done. The more filler you have, the less often you have to go back since it kind of builds each time. Bruising varies from none to minor-noticeable. I love getting my lips done and it’s given me so much confidence.
I have also had my smile lines injected with Juvederm. I would have lines around my mouth when I smiled. They especially bothered me because my makeup would crease there throughout the day. I get half a syringe injected each time I go back (about every 8 months).
A month ago, I got my under eyes filled. I wanted to get this done because I’ve had significant hollows under my eyes for a long time and I’ve noticed the skin around my eyes starting to thin. This Juvederm injection was rather different. Instead of numbing cream, the doctor used a numbing shot around my eyes to numb the area. From there, he inserted the needle in each of my cheeks and injected upwards towards the hollows. This definitely seemed like an odd injection technique, but it did not hurt. It did feel kind of weird though. It’s more of a mental thing that may freak you out, knowing that the needle is so close to your eye and all. I had noticeable results immediately after my injections and had a bruise and some swelling at the injection site for about 2 weeks. I paid $550 for each Juvederm Ultra syringe.
In summary, I would highly recommend getting fillers if you're concerned about facial wrinkles or volume loss. I have great results and I'm sure you will too, as long as you pick a great plastic surgeon or other knowledgable healthcare provider.