Juvéderm® by Allergan is a commercially available injectable formulation of hyaluronic acid. A naturally occurring compound, hyaluronic acid provides volume and plumpness and has both aesthetic and functional uses.
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About the Procedure
Juvéderm® by Allergan is a hyaluronic acid (HA)-based dermal filler approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat common cosmetic concerns including fine lines and wrinkles, lip shape and size, ear shape and size, and neck, jaw, and cheek definition. Hyaluronic acid fillers are the most popularly used in the U.S., and are, therefore, well-proven for their safety and efficacy. Juvéderm products are a collection of injectable gel hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers targeting specific cosmetic concerns and treatment areas: - Juvéderm® XC and Juvéderm Vollure® XC combat fine lines and wrinkles on the face most commonly at the smile lines (i.e. parentheses lines of the nose and mouth) - Juvéderm® Ultra XC and Juvéderm® Volbella XC are used for lip augmentation, specifically thin lips and lipstick lines - Juvéderm® Voluma XC is used for cheek augmentation, especially targeting the nasolabial folds for enhancements to volume and plumpness Hyaluronic acid functions by pulling water into the injected area to augment volume and plumpness and smooth fine lines and wrinkles, while also stimulating collagen production. Certain Juvéderm® formulations have a thicker viscosity and provide plumpness from the injectable alone. Hyaluronic acid is considered the most temporary of the impermanent dermal fillers. Those seeking more lasting restoration and rejuvenation may wish to consider alternatively formulated fillers such as Radiesse®, Sculptra®, and Bellafill®.
The goal of hyaluronic acid-based fillers is the temporarily improve the volume and/or contour of areas on the face and body.
What to Expect
Juvéderm® injections are a simple, outpatient procedure with minimal side effects and recovery. Here is a general guide for what to expect before, during, and after a Juvéderm® injection:
- Stop taking blood thinning medications one day prior to surgery. Blood thinners may include Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, Aspirin, and prescription anticoagulants.
- No alcohol one day before the procedure
- Reschedule if a rash, cold sore, or other lesion develops
- Topical local anesthetic applied to site of injection
- Injections (a combination of hyaluronic acid and lidocaine) are made in predetermined areas
Most patients experience minimal downtime with minor swelling, pain, and redness at the treatment site lasting no more than 24 hours. In some cases, swelling may persist for a few days. Many individuals resume almost all normal activities immediately following the procedure.
The ideal candidate for Juvéderm® injections is seeking a well practiced, safe, and effective temporary solution to numerous common cosmetic concerns.
Not Recommended For
Juvéderm® is not recommended for those under 18, women who are pregnant or nursing, anyone with an allergy to the components of Juvéderm®, and those with certain medical conditions.
Mild side effects of Juvéderm® injections include skin reactions like redness, dryness, and flaking. Firmess, tenderness, itchiness, lumps, bumps, possible site infection, and/or bruising/discoloration may occur. A serious complication of a Juvéderm® injection is intravascular injection (injection into a blood vessel) leading to skin necrosis. Severe allergic reactions can occur.