What is JUVÉDERM®?
JUVÉDERM® is an FDA approved injectable gel that is available West End Plastic Surgery in Washington, D.C. The smooth consistency of this filler helps to instantly restore your skin’s volume and smooth away facial wrinkles and folds such as your “smile lines” or “parentheses”.
How Does JUVÉDERM Treat Wrinkles?
JUVÉDERM is made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in your skin that helps to add volume and hydration. JUVÉDERM injectable gel employs its unique manufacturing process to provide the highest concentration of cross-linked hyaluronic acid for long-lasting results. This advanced manufacturing process works to create a smooth consistency gel that flows easily into the skin and provides a smooth, natural look and feel. All other currently approved hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are made of granular consistency gels. JUVÉDERM is the first hyaluronic acid dermal filler that has demonstrated its safety and effectiveness in persons of color.
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What Areas Can JUVÉDERM® Treat?
JUVÉDERM injectable gel temporarily adds volume to facial tissue and restores a smoother appearance to the face. By injecting JUVÉDERM into the mid to deep dermis (below the outer layer of skin), the appearance of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds can be dramatically improved.
What To Expect During JUVÉDERM® Treatment
No anesthesia is required for your JUVÉDERM treatment, although your doctor may numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. The injection site will be determined by examining the appearance of the skin throughout your face and neck area.
Your doctor will use an ultra-fine needle to inject JUVÉDERM into those areas of your face that appear sunken or hollow. The entire procedure takes about 10 minutes and there is minimal discomfort during or after the procedure. Most patients compare the injection to the feeling of a pinprick.
Recovery After JUVÉDERM® Injections
Within the first 24 hours, you should avoid strenuous exercise, extensive sun or heat exposure, and alcoholic beverages. Exposure to any of the above may cause temporary redness, swelling, and/or itching at the injection sites. If there is swelling, you may need to place an ice pack over the swollen area.
During your consultation, you should ask when makeup may be applied after your treatment.
Be sure to report any redness and/or visible swelling that lasts for more than a few days or any other symptoms that cause you concern.
How Long Do JUVÉDERM® Results Last?
The unique formulation of JUVÉDERM provides results that last up to 6 months or longer. Correction is temporary; therefore, touch-up injections, as well as repeat injections, are usually needed to maintain optimal corrections. Of course, results may vary and it is best to discuss your individual case with your doctor at West End Plastic Surgery during your initial consultation.
Lip Augmentation with JUVÉDERM®
Side Effects Of Injections
Most side effects are mild or moderate in nature, and their duration is short lasting (7 days or less). The most common side effects include, but are not limited to, temporary injections site reactions such as redness, pain/tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps/bumps, bruising, itching, and discoloration. As with all skin injection procedures, there is a risk of infection.