What is Juvéderm?
Juvéderm is an injectable gel used to gently reverse the many signs of aging that are seen on the face, including fine lines and wrinkles, crow’s feet, thin lips, and loosening skin. These are generally caused by a loss of volume over time, which can be the result of decreased collagen production and fat that begins to sag. Because of its ability to restore volume and plump the contours of different parts of the face, Juvéderm has been effectively used to add volume to the lips, sculpt the cheeks, and restore a younger-looking facial profile.
It is synthesized from hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that occurs naturally in the skin and is responsible for many important functions like retaining moisture. It is then formulated into a smooth gel infused with the anesthetic lidocaine to help minimize discomfort during the treatment. Hyaluronic acid works in combination with collagen and elastin to give the skin volume and restore an underlying support structure.
Who is a Candidate for Juvéderm Treatment?
Patients with visible signs of aging who are looking for non-surgical options can greatly benefit from Juvéderm treatments. Certain allergies can mean you may not be a good candidate, but Dr. Kayastha can discuss your medical history in depth during a consultation. He can also recommend other cosmetic options or treatments that can augment your results with Juvéderm. There are many different types of Juvéderm, and Dr. Kayastha can recommend the right one for you.
What Happens During the Treatment?
Most Juvéderm treatments take up to a half hour, depending on how many areas are being treated. Patients usually tolerate the injection well, since Juvéderm contains lidocaine for comfort, but we can provide a topical numbing cream for additional comfort. Once the treatment area is prepared, the expert injector places the Juvéderm gel underneath the skin at the appropriate level (for example, sensitive areas like the lips require a surface-level injection). This requires a skillful and artistic touch in order to shape the area with natural results that don’t appear ‘stuffed’. Since immediate results are usually visible, more injections can be added as needed.
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
Although patients usually see results immediately after treatment, there can be some redness, swelling, or bruising at the injection site. These side effects usually subside quickly with massaging the area or applying an icepack if needed. Most patients return to their regular tasks afterward, since Juvéderm does not require any downtime. Results can last up to six months, after which the injection can be repeated.
If you’re interested in seeing what Juvéderm and other injectable options can do for you, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kayastha, who can create your unique treatment plan.