Juvederm is within a family of injectable gels that contains hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. It is used primarily in the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. The targeted area is known as the nasolabial folds which are from the nose to the corners of the mouth. It is not to be used as a lip enhancer. The beneficial results are known to have a span of 9 months up to one year for facial benefits of smoother, plumper skin.
Some hyaluronic acid products have a granular feel to them, but Juvederm does not. It is a smooth gel developed through Hylacross technology that has a much softer, malleable consistency. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar found in the human body. The process that supports the benefits is that hyaluronic acid retains water at the injection site and acts as a cushioning agent. It gives the skin a softer, smoother appearance and temporarily adds volume to that area. A person generally needs only one injection for optimal affect. Juvederm is a temporary treatment.
Re-injection may be necessary after a window of about 9 months to one year for continued improved appearance. Those who receive mini injections (amount half the amount of gel) will most likely need repeat injections. There could be a possibility of some pain at the injection site during and immediately following the procedure. Juvederm application is done by injecting very small needle into the skin in and around the area of concern.
Some physicians prefer to administer lidocaine (topical ointment or injection) before the injection to ease any discomfort. This will temporarily numb the area and very few side effects are expected. Some people feel very little or no pain during the procedure. Please discuss all options with your physician before treatment is given. Some common side effects of Juvederm injection may include but are not limited to: redness or swelling at the site of injection; burning or itching; bruising or bumpiness in the area.
If these symptoms continue after a period of seven days or get worse at any time within the first week, notify the administering physician immediately. Things to avoid within the first 24 hours of treatment are: extensive exposure to sun and heat, excessive alcohol usage, and strenuous activity or exercise. Monitor these things carefully to avoid redness/irritation and swelling/soreness to the site. Treat swelling and soreness with an ice pack and possibly OTC pain reliever. Be sure and consult your physician about a safe time to resume make up application, if needed, and use of lotions and creams to the area.
There are many treatments for reducing unwanted wrinkles and folds in certain facial areas. Please consult your physician to see what is the best option for you.