Juvederm, also known a liquid face lift, is a filler used to treat the signs of wrinkles and lines. Thereby making you look younger. This FDA approved wrinkle filler is described as safe. More so, it does appears to be simultaneously effective and longer-lasting than some other fillers, including collagen and fat injections.
The secret of Juvederm is its active ingredient, namely that of hyaluronic acid. Juvederm uses hyaluronic acid rather than collagen to plump up the skin. Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally found in the human body. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar-based compound responsible for delivering and maintaining moisture and nutrient levels in skin cells, and which creates the appearance of volume and smoothness in young, supple skin. In addition as the hyaluronic acid in Juvederm is created by biosynthesis in a laboratory, patients are not required to take an allergy test before receiving treatment.
The application of Juvederm
Juvederm is for you if you want to improve the appearance of your lines and wrinkles to give you a more youthful look. But this product has been safe to use to enhance lips, used for acne scars, lifting of cheeks, filling sagging or loose skin. Plus it can also be used to change the shape of the nose, and to treat medical treatments such as lipodystrophy, which cause the loss of fat from the face.
This treatment is not long-lasting but impermanent. This means that if you are looking for something that is not for ever then this product will be fine for your needs. But if you are looking of for something longer lasting, your doctor can discuss alternatives such a chemical peels, fat injections, face lift or a brow lift.
It is advisable to refrain from this treatment while you might be pregnant or breastfeeding.
More about the treatment procedures
Prior to your treatment you should stop taking any blood thinner medication like aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications.
The treatment of quite simple and very similar to other dermal filler treatments. Your face will be cleaned from any make-up or cosmetic lotions. Juvederm comes already packaged, in a sterile, ready-to-use syringe. As the product comes in a number of formulas of varying strengths, during your first consultation with the doctor they will select the strength based on your needs.
The solution is injected in the wrinkles and areas. The smooth gel consistency of Juvederm makes it more comfortable for patients to receive injections than with other dermal fillers, because doctors can use thinner needles and less pressure during injection. However, to minimize the chance of discomfort, your doctor will numb the area of your face to be treated with a topical anesthetic cream before he or she administers Juvederm injections. Juvederm is injected into the mid to deep dermis, depending on the amount of correction required, and the typical treatment session is about thirty minutes long.
The results are immediate and will last for around for 6 – 12 months. But you might need a touch up after four months or so to extend the effects of the results. Since Juvederm has a cross-linked composition and viscous gel consistency, this product integrates into the body at a markedly slower rate than other dermal fillers. Thus your results will last longer than with other filler treatments.
You can speak to your doctor to combine Juvederm treatments with Botox for a more dramatic result.
Risks and possible complications
Since Juvederm is composed solely of biocompatible hyaluronic acid, it poses very minimal risk of allergic reaction and other negative side-effects associated with injectable wrinkle treatments.
Still, you will experience some pain. The injection itself will be painful. Although Juvederm contains a local anesthic, lidocaine, in them. But you can choice to have a dental block, which is a nerve block, done which will increase the comfort level.
After the procedure you will have some bruising and swelling. These side effects can last up to 14 days after the procedure. They will fade away to normal. There are however steps you can take to reduce the swelling and bruising and speed up the healing process. These tips include:
For one to two weeks before your treatment, don’t use:
• Refrain from the use of aspirin, Aleve, Advil, or Motrin
• Prescription blood thinner medicines
• Vitamin E
• Fish oil
• And avoid the herbs ginkgo, garlic, and ginseng
After your treatment, do use:
• A product containing Arnica montana, such as Ocumend patches
Also, it is normal to have some small bumps and lumps in the first week after receiving the injections. These will go away in 7 days. Here you can apply heat or massage the area yourself, to smooth the area out. But this you shouldn’t do directly after receiving the injections. It is best in the few days after the injections to not to touch of massage the areas.
Furthermore, you should ideally avoid exposure to heat, cold, and sun for up to two weeks following your injections. And to wear sunscreen and to avoid using any products that contain alcohol on the face.
You will need to wait at least a week after undergoing a Juvederm treatment before you do another procedure such as a chemical peel or laser treatment.
If for any reason the results is not what you wanted from Juvederm, then you can instruct your doctor to remove it. It is removed by injecting hyaluronidase in the areas that was treated. This will dissolve the Juvederm. The impact will be instant.