What is Juvéderm?
One of the reasons that skin becomes wrinkled as we age is because we lose subcutaneous, beneath the skin, tissue. This tissue contains collagen, fat, and hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring “filler” in the skin.
Juvéderm is a non-animal, stabilized hyaluronic acid formulation that restores the volume of the skin. It is a very popular filler for wrinkles that have been used for more than a decade in 65 countries. Juvéderm is similar to Restylane and smoothes and corrects even severe facial wrinkles in the process. If you have troublesome face wrinkles or folds that make you look older, Juvéderm treatment by Dr. John B. Holds may be a great option for you.
Juvéderm Treatment Areas
Juvéderm treatment can correct:
- The lines that sometimes create folds from the nose to the mouth.
- Lines at the corners of the mouth.
- Lines from the corners of the mouth to the jaw.
- “Lipstick lines” just above the upper lip.
- The grooves that increasingly define the eyelid and eye socket with age.
The Juvéderm Injection Process
Your Juvéderm injections are done in our office or our medical spa area on an outpatient basis. It’s important to avoid blood thinners, including aspirin and non-steroidal medications such as arthritis drugs for 5-7 days before your injections. Before scheduling your procedure, talk with Dr. Holds about any medical conditions and concerns that you have.
Most patients are given a mild local anesthetic block, as well as a topical anesthetic because the areas around the mouth are sensitive. Depending on the number of injections you need to achieve the results you want, your procedure will last a few minutes up to a half hour. You can then go home the same day and continue with your normal activities.
Side Effects of Juvéderm
Because Juvéderm is made of a substance that our bodies naturally produce, it is very safe with only very rare reactions. Most side effects should disappear within a few days.
- Lumps or bumps
- Pain or tenderness
Recovery from Juvéderm
The injections will make your skin sensitive to the sun, so it’s important to stay indoors as much as possible for the first week. Avoid facials or treatments where your head is in a cradle or in a prolonged dependent position for one week. Also avoid yoga, pilates, or any other type of strenuous exercise for 24-48 hours. If you have an autoimmune disease, severe known allergy, or a bleeding disorder, you should avoid injections like Juvéderm.
Juvéderm Injection Results
You may see some results from your injections immediately, but full effects appear within a week. Generally, evaluation of the treatment is between 2-3 weeks after the injection. Some patients require more volume, so it’s always best to come in for a follow-up to see if another injection is needed. The new fullness will last for 4-12 months, wearing off gradually. After a second procedure, the results can last as long as a year and a half.