What Is Juvéderm?
Juvéderm is a safe, injectable dermal filler that adds volume to the skin, erasing fine lines and folds. It’s often used to improve signs of aging by adding volume to the cheeks, lips, and around the mouth.
It’s made with a modified form of hyaluronic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in the body, including in the eyes, joints, and skin. It helps skin stay flexible and is tremendously hydrating. Juvéderm injections help restore the natural shape and volume of age-affected skin.
The product comes in different formulations to meet different needs in volumizing, plumping, lifting and contouring, and hydrating.
How Does Juvéderm Work?
Juvéderm uses hyaluronic acid to plump up the skin in the treatment area. The natural role of hyaluronic acid in your body is to stimulate collagen production. Collagen helps build many of our body’s tissues, including the skin. It’s what gives your skin structural support, keeping it plump. Aging slows down our natural production of hyaluronic acid and collagen, allowing the skin to wrinkle and sag.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Juvéderm?
Juvéderm produces results in almost every skin type. A good candidate is someone seeking a non-invasive treatment to give their face a younger, fresher appearance who:
- Has mild to severe wrinkles
- Is in good overall health
- Has realistic expectations for their results
It may not be suitable for someone with severe skin laxity, fragile skin, or damage from the sun or other environmental factors.
At your consultation, your doctor will discuss your needs and probable outcome. If Juvéderm isn’t the right solution for you, they can discuss other options that may be better suited.
Juvéderm treatment is a fast, in-office, minimally invasive procedure requiring very little preparation.
At your consultation, you’ll discuss your medical history, including medications and supplements you may be taking. You may need to temporarily stop taking medications that could cause bleeding. You should avoid alcohol, smoking, and sun exposure the week before your procedure.
Your physician will mark the treatment areas with a pen, then inject Juvéderm and lightly massage the treatment area to reduce swelling and promote even distribution. Treatment typically takes between 15-60 minutes, depending on the treatment area. Each injection includes lidocaine, a numbing agent, to prevent discomfort.
After your injections, you can return to most of your regular activities. You may need to avoid sun exposure, makeup, strenuous activity, and alcohol for at least the first 24 hours after your treatment. Your results should be noticeable right away or after any swelling resolves.
Side Effects and Risks
You can expect some bruising and mild swelling, but you may also experience the following:
- Lumps or bumps
- Minor discomfort
These typically subside in a few weeks.
How Much Do Juvéderm Injections Cost?
Like all cosmetic procedures, Juvéderm injections are a highly individual and customized treatment. Your exact cost may differ from someone else’s.
Health insurance doesn’t cover the cost of elective treatments like Juvéderm treatments. The cost of treatment depends on many factors, like:
- The expertise of your plastic surgeon
- The geographic location of your treatment
- The number of syringes used for your customized treatment
If you think Juvéderm is right for you, schedule a free consultation today!